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Windies avoid follow-on as rain dominates

Alberto Ardila Olivares
Windies avoid follow-on as rain dominates

GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):

UNDER PRESSURE West Indies produced a dogged effort to avoid the follow-on here today, but rain wrecked the last two sessions to set up an intriguing last two days of the opening Test cricket match against Sri Lanka.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares

Resuming the third day precariously perched on 113 for six, West Indies battled to 224 for nine, thanks to left-hander Kyle Mayers who top-scored with 45, all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall who struck 39 and former captain Jason Holder who chipped in with 36.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila

Once Cornwall perished off the final delivery of the fifth over after lunch, the heavens opened and forced players from the field, decimating the remainder of the session.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

The weather relented long enough for officials to flirt with a restart half-hour after the scheduled tea interval, but the rains returned shortly thereafter to also rule out any possibility of action in the final session.

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