Rain dampens India’s hopes

Match Report: 4th Test: Day 3: West Indies vs India at Port of Spain, August 18-22, 2016

Ground staff use a blower to dry the field under the supervision of umpire Gregory Brathwaite (4L) during day 3 of the 4th and final Test between West Indies and India at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on August 20, 2016.
Ground staff use a blower to dry the field under the supervision of umpire Gregory Brathwaite (4L) during day 3 of the 4th and final Test between West Indies and India at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on August 20, 2016.

If India don’t win the weather-hit Test, they will concede the No 1 Test ranking to Pakistan.

Damp outfield and persistent rain in the afternoon forced the third day’s play in the fourth Test to be abandoned here on Saturday. With just two days to go for this match, a result looks unlikely, meaning India might have to finish the Test series 2-0 and relinquish the top spot in the ICC rankings to Pakistan.

Having drawn their series in England2-2,Pakistan have 111 rating points. India, who moved a top the rankings after Australia’s 0-3 rout in Sri Lanka, have 112 rating points but if the series finishes as it is, they will have only 110 rating points and slip to second.

Given how Pakistan have fought in England, no one will grudge their ascendancy, maybe not even India. With a long home season coming up, India will get plenty of opportunities to get back the top spot. This series has already given India an unprecedented result but given West Indies’ frail batting, India still could have made something happen if they got nine sessions here. The ground at the Queen’s Park Oval, however, played spoilsport by taking too much time to dry up.

The biggest problem was with a spot in the outfield where water wasn’t draining out properly. The ground staff was seen opening up that part of the field with pitchforks and then covering the area when it started raining again just before noon. It also seemed that there weren’t adequate measures taken to cover the ground properly. For most part of the rain on the firstday, the bowlers’-run-ups were left open. There were attempts to make that stretch ready for play with blow dryers but it clearly wasn’t enough despite no rain on Friday.

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