Though rain ruled on Friday, causing Sri Lanka’s tie against New Zealand to be abandoned, India’s chances of progressing to the final brightened. India now need just one win from two games.
Rains or not, there was no shortage of action in the 43.4 overs bowled.
Once Ross Taylor put Sri Lanka in , Tillakaratne Dilshan proved that being fined for the Suraj Randiv no-ball incident hadn’t distracted him from focussing on the game. He first spanked consecutive boundaries off Daryl Tuffey in the fourth over and then walloped four fours off Kyle Mills .
But once rain ended play with Sri Lankaon 203 for 4, the action shifted to the match referee’s cubicle.
First, Kumar Sangakkara was charged with a Level 2 offence for bumping into Nathan McCullum. In the 27th over, before turning for a second run, Sangakkara touched the bat diagonally resulting in contact with the offie, who objected and a heated exchange followed.
Then, it was clarified that Mills, who was prevented from bowling in the 39th over, was guilty of “bowling a practice ball on the main square” before restarting his spell. Law 17.1 bars bowlers from using the square for practice purposes.
Brief Score: Sri Lanka 203/3 in 43.3 overs (Dilshan 44, Sangakkara 40; Tuffey 1-51).