Rain returned to doom the third Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies but not until the tourists had lost three quick wickets – all to Rangana Herath – in the morning.

After day three was entirely washed out yesterday, 90 minutes were possible this morning before the clouds gathered again at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

West Indies used them to add 57 runs to their score, but that came at a cost as they were reduced to 297 for eight, with Brendan Nash (67), Carlton Baugh and Darren Sammy the men to fall.

Only eight runs had been added to the overnight score of 244 when Nash was caught behind off Herath, and having made that breakthrough, Sri Lanka quickly added two more.

Herath struck again two overs later, trapping Baugh lbw, and then made Sammy his third victim of the morning, again lbw for eight.

Herath now has figures of four for 54 in the innings.

However, with Sri Lanka yet to bat, this Test, and the rain-affected series, is heading for a draw.


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