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Sri Lankans reeling on Sunday before rain delays finish


Sri Lanka were struggling on 60-3 after 19 overs when their Tri-Nation Series match against West Indies was suspended for the day because of persistent rain at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday.

West Indies paceman Kemar Roach took 2-19 in seven impressive overs to put Sri Lanka under pressure before steady rain drove the players from the field.

The Sri Lankans had been reduced to 29-3 before Kumar Sangakkara, 11 not out, and Lahiru Thirimanne, with 13, shared in an unbroken partnership of 31.

The match was due to resume yesterday with the West Indies aiming to push on for a win that would earn them a place in Thursday’s final.

West Indies have nine points from three games with India on five from three and Sri Lanka also on five, but from just two games.

After winning the toss and opting to bowl, the West Indies made early inroads.

Upul Tharanga was removed for seven, caught in the covers by Darren Bravo off Jason Holder, and fellow opener Mahela Jayawardene, the very next ball, top-edged a bouncer from Roach to be caught at point, also for seven.

Tottering at 19-2, Sri Lanka then lost Dinesh Chandimal for two when a Roach off-cutter pitched on a length before nipping back in to hit off-stump.

Sangakkara and Thirimanne dug in to consolidate before the rain came to halt play for the day.

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