Rain halts WI teetering as India make early inroads

Match Report: 2nd Test: Day 4 : West Indies vs India at Kingston, July 30-Aug 3, 2016


Brief  Score : West Indies 196 and 48 for 4 (Shami 2-25) trail India 500 for 9 decl. by 256 runs

Mohammad Shami bowled what was probably the ball of the match to dismiss Marlon Samuels as India made early inroads into the West Indies batting lineup on the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday . Having tested Samuels with short-pitched stuff, Shami moved one away just a touch to beat the bat and clip the off bail.In his next over, Shami made Darren Bravo fend one to KL Rahul in the slips as West Indies went into lunch at a precarious 484.

On a stop-start day on which rain played hide and seek, India still had time and, of course the ammunition, to wreck West Indies’ innings. At this juncture, West Indies needed 256 more to make India bat again.

In the morning, play began 45 minutes late but rain came back to send the players scurrying into the dressing rooms. It had rained intermittently since early morning and chances of any play , at least in the early part of the day , were remote. However, an excellent drainage system at Sabina Park meant the umpires called play at 10.45 local time.

Only three overs, however, could be bowled before the torrent came back to put a stop on cricket, frustrating India’s attempts to unleash the knockout punch and go 2-0 up in the series. After a break of about 20 minutes, the umpires were back in the middle, players in tow. But even before they could reach the middle, it began drizzling again.

West Indies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Bravo were only happy to come back into the pavilion while the Indians stood in the middle with a bemused look. The covers were back with West Indies six for one in their second innings. This interruption too wasn’t a long one as the players were back in the middle after about 25 minutes.

Enjoying a massive first-innings lead of 304, India were looking to get in as many overs as possible over the next two days to try and knock West Indies out. When play resumed, Ishant Sharma, as he had done in the first innings, got India a quick breakthrough in his second over.

Opener Rajindra Chandrika, who has seldom inspired any confidence in the series so far, was caught in two minds as Ishant got one to bounce outside the off. Skipper Kohli’s move of bringing in leggie Amit Mishra also paid dividends immediately when Brathwaite skied an intended pull to KL Rahul at mid-wicket.

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