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West Indies v Sri Lanka delayed after ball controversy

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Dinesh Chandimal - cropped
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal

Controversy over the state of the ball caused the start of day three in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka to be delayed for around two hours. 

Play finally got under way at 1130 local time in St Lucia, with the tourists and their captain Dinesh Chandimal contesting a five-run penalty awarded to West Indies amid the umpires' concerns over how they had altered the state of the ball.

After an initial delay, Sri Lanka's players – still visibly angered - eventually entered the field at 1050, which was one hour and 20 minutes after the scheduled start time, only to leave the field again.

Umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar gave batsmen Devon Smith and Shai Hope the opportunity to select the new ball, as Chandimal and his team-mates finally returned, still in heated discussion with officials.

Any code of conduct charges brought by the ICC will follow at the close of play.

Going into day three, West Indies were 118-2 in their first innings, after Sri Lanka scored 253.

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