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Old 8th June 2018, 19:52   #1
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West Indies v Sri Lanka 3 tests

West Indies very much on top with a very big first innings lead. You could say that this series might continue the wider trend of teams caving in when travelling but against this Windies team?
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Old 8th June 2018, 20:36   #2
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West Indies very much on top with a very big first innings lead. You could say that this series might continue the wider trend of teams caving in when travelling but against this Windies team?
Well England managed it a few years ago, although I think it was a relatively close test.
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Thanks for the thread. I have been following this test match with interest.
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Ball tampering row in progress. The ball was changed before the start of play on day 2 and Sri Lanka have refused to take the field.
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I can’t see how this game can continue from here without making a total mockery of the game (although pretty much that’s nailed on either way). You can’t just let a side refuse to play because they object to an umpiring decision, even a contentious one. You might let it slide for 5 to 10m although principle is the same but over an hour?
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Old 16th June 2018, 17:23   #6
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As with Ovalgate a few years ago the umpires should see this as a forfeit by SL and award the match to the Windies.
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As with Ovalgate a few years ago the umpires should see this as a forfeit by SL and award the match to the Windies.
Completely agree. They should have done this ages ago too.
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Disaster for test cricket either way.
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Gabriel bowling a lone hand in this match although not sure his body will hack it. Plus, Sri Lanka have probably done enough to prevent a Windies match in this match, forcing the series into a decider.
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Old 18th June 2018, 00:21   #10
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Pretty clear from the video evidence. Australia came clean after 24 hours and it's not like sweets haven't been used before and deemed unacceptable. Sri Lankan response is pretty poor to be fair. They know the rules and they know the scrutiny in a test.
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I'm glad a resolution was reached and the game continued. Judging by the extras on the BBC scorecard, the 5 penalty runs are still there. If Sri Lanka are pushing for the win later today, they may the ones to rue any time lost from the game.
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Rain and some dogged batting save the Windies yesterday, meaning they can't lose the series. But can they win it? Must be some time since they last won a test series?
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Rain and some dogged batting save the Windies yesterday, meaning they can't lose the series. But can they win it? Must be some time since they last won a test series?
Not forgetting Sri Lanka stropping off for 2 hours denying themselves further time. To be honest I thought Windies would win this series comfortably but they got themselves into a bit of a state. Their bowling outside their first two is pretty poor even though there was a bit of pace and bounce in the surface. Sri Lanka's seamers were decent and their young lad Kumara actually has a fair bit about him with height and pace to burn.
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Not forgetting Sri Lanka stropping off for 2 hours denying themselves further time. To be honest I thought Windies would win this series comfortably but they got themselves into a bit of a state. Their bowling outside their first two is pretty poor even though there was a bit of pace and bounce in the surface. Sri Lanka's seamers were decent and their young lad Kumara actually has a fair bit about him with height and pace to burn.
Yep, Sri Lanka and West Indies both with quicker bowlers than England
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Yep, Sri Lanka and West Indies both with quicker bowlers than England
I used to love it when Windies had some of the best quick bowlers who ever drew breath as I think anyone should guess, and Gabriel is not a patch on those but a worthy bowler nonetheless. Cook couldn't cope with him when he played the 2nd and 3rd test last summer and he has just taken 13 wickets in this match just gone.

Yesterday's match meant he has now reached 100 test wickets.
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Watched a little last night after the football had finished. It's a little depressing seeing a completely empty stadium for the final day of a Test that could go either way.
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I used to love it when Windies had some of the best quick bowlers who ever drew breath as I think anyone should guess, and Gabriel is not a patch on those but a worthy bowler nonetheless. Cook couldn't cope with him when he played the 2nd and 3rd test last summer and he has just taken 13 wickets in this match just gone.

Yesterday's match meant he has now reached 100 test wickets.
I like him, there's something old school in that when he started he just ran up and hurled the ball down as fast as he could. Has refined his technique quite a bit since, and getting the rewards but I imagine injuries will take their toll. He's what the pundits over here, and possibly the selectors, think Mark Wood is.
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Windies struggling with the pink ball.
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Very low scoring affair in this last test. West Indies shot out for 93 in their second innings, but Sri Lanka 81/5, still need 63 to win at stumps on day 3.
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Given that W Indies were 14-5 and 41-7, the 93 they eventually got may turn out to be enough. Having watched the last 5 Sri Lankan wickets fall cheaply yesterday I'd be surprised if anything different happened today.
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