Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge

Devon Smith is unbeaten on 45

Devon Smith is unbeaten on 45

The start of the play on day 3 of the second test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in St Lucia was delayed by nearly 100 minutes as Sri Lankan players refused to take the field.

That decision did not bode well with the Sri Lanka players and management, who protested the decision, and players remained off the field for almost the first hour.

The umpires had also levelled a penalty of five runs against Sri Lanka 10 minutes before the start of the play on Day 3, and made a decision to change the ball.

At the conclusion of the day's play, Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement. After animated discussions the Sri Lankans agreed to the change of ball and to continue playing although it is understood that they will be contesting the ball-tampering charge.

Play was set to resume 10.50am local time and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal led out his team to the middle, but after further discussions with the umpires the Sri Lanka team began walking back to the boundary.

"The team on the third day of the match protested a decision taken by the umpires citing 'changing the condition of the ball".

"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", said SLC. It was done to ensure the continuity of the match.

Former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara told Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, "I think that they feel hard done-by".

"If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play", the ICC Tweeted.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from global and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia. The first and only time a match has been forfeited in the history of Test cricket was in 2006, after Pakistan were penalised five runs for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at The Oval.

Sri Lanka were 34 for one in their second innings at the end of the third day, trailing West Indies by 13 runs after the hosts were dismissed for 300.

Opening batsman Devon Smith top scored with a painstaking 61 while Shane Dowrich, fresh from a match-winning unbeaten century in the first Test in Trinidad, contributed 55.

West Indies, however, lost their last six wickets for 59 with the dismissal of Roston Chase for 41 triggering a decline from 241 for four.

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