Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal has denied allegations of tampering the ball while keeping a jelly in his pocket while his team has achieved a strong lead of 287 runs on the fourth day of the second Test against the West Indies. On the third day, led by Sri Lankan captain, their team did not come to the ground, due to which the game started two hours late. The International Cricket Council has confirmed the allegation of spoiling the ball against Chandimal i.e. flirting the ball.
Chandimal will have to face the trial after the match is over. If he is found guilty, he can be suspended from Saturday’s third and final Test match starting in Barbados. ICC has recommended restricting the ban in ball tampering with four Tests and eight ODIs but it has not been approved yet.
Despite being in the center of the dispute, the Sri Lankan captain did not allow concentration on the field and a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Kusal Mendis, as Sri Lanka recovered from the poor start of 48 for four on the fourth day’s play. Up till now, 334 runs have been scored on eight wickets. He has now got an aggregate of 287 runs.
Chandimal was dismissed by 39 runs in the evening session, but Mendis continued to work his way and scored 87 runs for the team. Later, Neosho Dikewala made 62 and Roshan De Silva made useful contributions of 48 runs, making the Sri Lankan side a bigger one.
Akila Dhananjay 16 and Suranga Lakmal were playing on seven runs at the end of the stumps. Shannon Gabriel again bowled superbly and took six for 57 runs. He has taken 10 wickets in this match so far. He did this for the first time in his career. Gabriel has so far won 11 wickets with 116 runs, which is the best performance against Sri Lanka on behalf of the West Indies. Kemar Roach took two wickets for 75 runs.