first_imgThe start of third day’s play of second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka on Saturday was delayed by 90 minutes as visitors refused to take the field due to an apparent ball-tampering controversy.All this happened after umpires told Sri Lanka to play with a different ball against and gave a five-run penalty.Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould ruled that the tourists, who lost the first test, had altered the condition of the ball during West Indies’ ongoing first innings.The umpires decided to change the match ball, which was 44.3 overs old, ahead of the third day in St. Lucia. That prompted Sri Lanka’s players to stay in their dressing room.The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies. If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play.#WIvSL (@ICC) June 16, 2018Indian match referee Javagal Srinath upheld Gould and Dar’s decision, with West Indies’ overnight total rising from 118-2 to 123-2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 253 all out.Sri Lanka’s players then took to the field at 10:50 a.m. local time, 50 minutes after the scheduled start, but did not start play for another 40 minutes as the dispute continued with Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal arguing with the umpires.The tourists had gathered on the boundary but, after further negotiations, Lahiru Kumara finally resumed his 14th over with a replacement ball selected by the West Indies batsmen.advertisementAfter 57 overs, West Indies had reached 154-3.West Indies won the first Test at Port of Spain by 226 runs. The teams are scheduled to play a third test, a day-night encounter, beginning June 23 at Bridgetown, Barbados.(With AP inputs)last_img

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