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Sri Lanka play on ´under protest´ after ´ball tamper´ row

18 June, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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The International Cricket Council has charged Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with changing the condition of the ball during the second Test against West Indies.

Article 2.2.9 of the ICC's code of conduct relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I playing conditions.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket late Saturday said it would "take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team".

The controversy unfolded early on the third day when umpires informed Sri Lanka the ball would be changed and West Indies would be awarded five penalty points, due to the altered condition of the ball.

SLC confirmed support of their players in a subsequent release - saying their team was continuing the Test "under protest" - while Chandimal has formally denied the charge as laid by the umpires.

Sri Lanka on Saturday night said that it will defend the National cricket team over ball tampering allegations which surfaced in the West Indies.

The West Indies were awarded five penalty runs and Sri Lanka eventually agreed to take to the pitch with the ball being changed.

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Despite being at the centre of the storm, the Sri Lankan skipper put aside that enormous distraction in supporting the in-form Kusal Mendis in a fifth-wicket stand of 117 that helped lift the visitors from the depths of 48 for four to 334 for eight in their second innings and a lead of 287 by the close of play on Sunday.

This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations.

Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from global and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia.

The visiting team was charged with altering the condition of the ball by the umpires after they reviewed video of the West Indies' first innings on Friday. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.

Opener Devon Smith fell for 61, having added only eight to his overnight half-century, while wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich followed up his century in the first Test with 55.

On the field, Sri Lanka clawed their way back into the match to restrict West Indies' lead to 47 after the hosts resumed on 123 for two replying to 253.

Lahiru Kumara was again their most outstanding bowler, constantly threatening with his pace and aggression to finish with figures of four for 86 and lift his wicket tally to 11 halfway through the series.

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