Test delayed after Sir Lanka ball dispute

Sri Lanka held up play for almost an hour having been penalised five penalty runs ahead of the third day of the second Test against the West Indies after umpires ruled that they had altered the condition of the ball.

The umpires, Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, decided to change the match ball, which was 44.3 overs old, ahead of the third day in St Lucia, prompting Sri Lanka's players to stay in their dressing room.

After discussions between officials and the players, match referee Javagal Srinath upheld Gould and Dar's decision, with the five penalty runs taking the Windies to 2-123 in response to the tourists' 253 all out.

Sri Lanka eventually took to the field at 10.50am local time - 50 minutes after the scheduled start.

There was a further delay of 40 minutes as, having taken to the field, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal began arguing with the umpires before a delivery was bowled.

The tourists gathered on the boundary, but after further negotiations with Srinath and their coaching staff, Lahiru Kumara finally resumed his 14th over at 11.30am with a replacement ball selected by the West Indies batsmen.