Sri Lanka eventually resumed play on day three on Saturday under protest, after delaying the start and strongly denying they had tampered with the ball. But an hour has gone and we are still no closer to the start of the third day's play as West Indies trail Sri Lanka by 135 runs with eight wickets in hand. He was shining the ball and had bandages on like many players do. Broadcaster visuals of their dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in discussion with match referee Javagal Srinath.
The Sri Lankan players were advised by their cricket board to take the field in order to "ensure the continuity of the match", and praised the decision taken by the team to uphold the spirit of the game. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials didn't relent for another 40 minutes.
Opening batsman Devon Smith top scored with a painstaking 61 while Shane Dowrich, fresh from a match-winning unbeaten century in the first Test in Trinidad, contributed 55.
ESPNCricinfo reported that near the end of play on Friday the umpires checked on the ball and Gould could be seen asking to see Dhananjaya de Silva's hands. "It all happened this morning".
At stumps on day two the West Indies were 118 for 2 in reply to Sri Lanka's first-innings score of 253 all out. But based on this official denial, it seems likely that the charge will be contested.
Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for almost an hour and a half.
He lost the company of Chase in the final over the session as Sri Lanka struck immediately upon taking the second new ball when the all-rounder, on 41, flicked a full-length delivery to Suranga Lakmal at midwicket. Allrounder Dasun Shanaka was charged for a similar offence by the ICC in November 2017 and in that case the team accepted the sanction. When they did take the field on 11.50 AM, Chandimal got into a conversation with the two umpires and eventually, the visitors left the field yet again without a ball being bowled.
That match was the only Test in the game's history to be forfeited after Pakistan refused to return to the field.