Shiv and Nash add 99 but rain brings a halt to second day's play

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Shivnarine Chanderpaul made a patient half-century and Brendan Nash played some handsome strokes in an unbeaten half-century as the West Indies reached 244-5 on the second day of the 3rd ERI Test match at the Pallekele Stadium in this central city.

Chanderpaul made 54 – his 55th half-century in Test cricket, and Nash was 62 not out as bad light and rain allowed 41 overs and play to be cut short for the second consecutive day on Thursday. On Wednesday only 40 overs were bowled. Nash and Chanderpaul, the reliable pair of left-handers, added 99 for the fourth wicket after Darren Bravo was trapped leg-before early in the day for 68.

Nash reached his half-century off 74 balls. So far he has faced 110 balls and hit five boundaries. Early in his innings he reached 1000 runs in Test cricket. Chanderpaul, who earlier in the tour became just the second West Indian to surpass 9000 Test runs, played the anchor role. He faced 145 balls and hit three boundaries.

Chanderpaul was brilliant caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardena off Ajantha Mendis, and moments later Dwayne Bravo, who failed to get off the mark and was smartly stumped by Prasanna Jayawardena off the accurate Herath. The end of the day came shortly after in the post-lunch session when a heavy shower accompanied by fading light drove the players off the field.

The third day’s play on Friday will start at 9.45 am (12.15 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.15 pm Thursday Jamaica Time).

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