India’s No 1 ranking dents because of soft outfield

Match Report: 4th Test: Day 2: West Indies vs India at Port of Spain, August 18-22, 2016



PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Play has been abandoned without a ball bowled on the second day of the fourth and final Test between West Indies and India at Queen’s Park Oval here Friday.

Umpires made four inspections throughout the day but determined that the outfield remained too soft for play to resume.

From the moment Port of Spain woke up to 2.15pm, when any hope of a resumption of play evaporated, no rain fell at Queen’s Park Oval. Yet not a single ball was bowled despite the sun beating down on the ground till 2pm.

The umpires came out for inspection after inspection after inspection, but didn’t find the outfield to be fit for play. There was no super sopper to assist the ground staff nor was the whole ground covered when it rained. The eventual downpour at 2.15pm, 15 minutes before yet another inspection, accounted for any remaining hopes.

Heavy rain on Thursday’s opening day limited play to 1-¾ hours in which time West Indies reached 62 for two, after opting to bat first.

With only 22 overs possible on the first two days, with forecast not great for the rest of the Test and given the facilities available at Queen’s Park Oval, only an unbelievable three days could produce a result. India needed to win this Test to retain their No. 1 Test ranking and not lose it to Pakistan. West Indies were 62 for 2 after 22 overs, all bowled in the first session on the first morning.

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