Sri Lanka on Saturday night said that it will defend the National cricket team over ball tampering allegations which surfaced in the West Indies.
Broadcast visuals of the Sri Lanka dressing room showed coach Chandika Hathurusingha, captain Dinesh Chandimal and team manager Asanka Gurusinha in animated 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.
Devon Smith had earlier struck 61 while Dowrich extended his good form in the series with a sixth Test half-century of 55 as West Indies tried to rally from their overnight 118 for two, following Friday's rain-hit second day.
That decision did not bode well with the Sri Lanka players and management, who protested the decision, and players remained off the field for almost the first hour.
"The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing", the statement read.
Sri Lanka did take the field at 11.50 AM but left without a ball being bowled after a brief discussion between Dinesh Chandimal and the umpires. He was the player shining the ball and he had bandages on, although that is not uncommon in modern cricket. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials continued for another 40 minutes.
The SLC release did not confirm whether the team will officially contest the ball-tampering charge when an inquiry is held into the incident, after play on Saturday.
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. Pakistan eventually forfeited that game.