Rain halts Sri Lanka at 164 f 3

Galle, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s reply to West Indies’ mammoth 580 for 9 declared was halted by rain shortly after lunch on day three of the opening Test at the Galle National Stadium. Starting the day on 54 for 1, Sri Lanka lost opener Tharanga Paranavitana for 10 and captain Kumar Sangakkara for 73 in reaching 165 for 3 before the rain curtailed play.

Mahela Jayawardene is not out on 51 and Thilan Samaraweera is on 11. Jayawardene has faced 91 balls and struck five boundaries as he and Sangakkara added 71 for the third wicket.

Pacer Kemar Roach removed Paranavitana early in the day by rocking back his off stump while Dwayne Bravo got rid of Sangakkara in similar fashion.
Sangakkara hit 11 fours in his 102 ball innings.

Dwayne Bravo has 1 for 18 while Roach and Andre Russell (who took the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan on the second day) have 1 for 43 each.

Sri Lanka are 415 runs behind the West Indies score which was built on an epic triple century from Chris Gayle. The home team is also 215 runs behind the follow on target.