23/06/2018 – The Trinidad Guardian. / On a Saturday evening, Barbadians like to go down Oistins to get fish and a choice beverage. This evening they may change direction and head to Kensington Oval to witness the third and final Test between Windies and Sri Lanka.
The home team has been good in the series so far and comes to Barbados with their interest intact. They lead the series 1-0 after their thumping win in Trinidad and the drawn match in St. Lucia.
Sri Lanka goes into the Test without their skipper Dinesh Chandimal who lost his appeal against a one-match suspension for ball tampering during the last Test. Match referee Javagal Srinath found him in contravention of ICC law 41.3 as relates to ball tampering. He was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and also suspended for the final Test.
He appealed the decision and after a four-hour hearing yesterday, Michael Beloff QC, the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner, dismissed Chandimal’s appeal.
According to the ICC, Beloff will reveal the reasons for his decision on Wednesday next. Beloff also set Wednesday, June 27 as the date to hear the code-of-conduct charges against Chandimal, Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. ICC charged them with the level 3 offence after Sri Lanka refused to take the field on the third morning of the second Test in St Lucia, delaying the start of play by two hours. Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, therefore, will be available to coach and manage Sri Lanka during the third Test at the Kensington Oval.
This marks the first day-night Test match in the Caribbean.
Windies will be looking for their third straight Test win at Kensington having won their game there against England, followed by Pakistan. However, they have lost their two day-night Tests against Pakistan in the UAE and England in England. They will be looking to get their first win in the day-night format. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has won their only day-night Test against Pakistan in the UAE last year.
Sri Lanka is likely to receive another blow as experienced left-arm spinner Rangana Herath split the webbing between his fourth and fifth finger of his right hand and is likely to be ruled out. He sustained the injury during training ahead of the Test.
Vice-captain Suranga Lakmal looks likeliest to lead in Herath’s probable absence. In other team news, a lot will rest on the shoulders of the inform Kusal Mendis. The little right-hander scored a century in the first Test and followed this with 87 in the second Test. His other scores have been two and 45. The
Sri Lankans made consider another change at the top of the order with Danushka Gunathilaka coming into the fray to replace Kusal Perera.
Play on each day is expected to get going at 3 pm.
WINDIES: Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins. SRI LANKA: Danushka Gunathilaka, Mahela Udawatte, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal (capt.), Akila Dananjaya, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.