Rain Ends Play Early As Sri Lanka Battle Hard In Galle
West Indies 580-9 dec. (Gayle 333, Nash 64, Mendis 6-169) v
Sri Lanka 165-3 (Sangakkara 73, M Jayawardene 51no)
First Test, Galle, day three
Rain ended play early on day three of the first Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Galle with the home side on 165 for three.
They still trail the West Indies, who declared on 580 for nine on day two, by some 415 runs despite the best efforts of Mahela Jayawardene, who was unbeaten at stumps on 51.
Resuming on 54 for one having lost Tillakaratne Dilshan late on day two, Sri Lanka added just seven runs before opener Tharanga Paranavitana was clean bowled by Kemar Roach as he attempted to play a quick inswinger through the onside having made ten.
Kumar Sangakkara (73) and Jayawardene then put on 71 for the third wicket before Sangakkara's fluent 102-ball innings was ended by a hooping inswinging yorker from Dwayne Bravo which beat his defences and disturbed the stumps to reduce Sri Lanka to 132 for three.
There would be no further loss of wicket as Jayawardene moved steadily to his 37th Test half-century to close on 51 in 91 balls with Thilan Samaraweera looking untroubled at the crease on 11 when the rain came down to prevent any further play.
Chris Gayle's 333 enabled the West Indies to rack up a huge score and in the process he became the fourth man to register a second triple-century in Test cricket.
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