West Indies v Sri Lanka delayed after major ball controversy

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Devon Smith resumes on the third morning on 53 in partnership with Shai Hope

"SLC shall take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team", the board release said.

"SLC advised the team to take the field to ensure the continuity of the match and wish to commend the decision taken by the team ´under protest´ to ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game", added the statement. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now chose to charge Chandimal for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Action finally got under way half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval after Sri Lanka Cricket authorities instructed the team to take the field but "under protest".

The global governing body tweeted the news, detailing that the captain was in breach of Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for 'changing the condition of the ball - the same charge leveled at Australia batter Cameron Bancroft during the infamous Cape Town Test in March.

Australia captain Smith and his deputy Warner were banned for 12 months while opening batsman Bancroft, the player caught on camera applying sandpaper to the ball, was banned for nine months.

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Devon Smith had earlier struck 61 while Dowrich extended his good form in the series with a sixth Test half-century of 55 as West Indies tried to rally from their overnight 118 for two, following Friday's rain-hit second day.

Going into Sunday's (NZ time) third day, the tourists were instructed to play with a different ball and the hosts were awarded a five-run penalty, as umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould ruled Sri Lanka had altered the condition of the ball during the West Indies' first innings. It took another 40 minutes for play to finally begin. Before the first ball could be bowled, though, the Sri Lanka players left the middle of the ground and made their way to the boundary lines. But the home side was all out in quick succession after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.

Sri Lanka was 34/1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 13. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.

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