It has gone so far well for the Men in Blue in Kingston. They had couple of tons in the first innnings and an offensive bowling attack has crippled the West Indies’ second innings as well. But the hide and seek by the rain at the Sabina Park has stopped Team India from going 2-0 up in the series.
The play was called off early on day four with the West Indies in deep trouble at 48/4 in their second innings and 256 runs behind the visitors.
Rain interrupted the play as Windies lost four wickets by lunch with only 15.5 overs being bowled. While the sky was clear during the break, rain returned just minutes before the scheduled resumption of play. No play was possible thereafter, with the day called off at 3.40 pm local time.
Tropical storm Earl hasn’t hit Jamaica with full fury, but persistent showers made sure that a lot of playing time was lost in the morning session, with forecast not too good for the remainder of the day either. The hosts will try to save the match on day five, with play scheduled to begin at 9.30 am local time and 98 overs to be bowled in the day.
Considering the poor batting effort by the West Indies batsmen so far, it looks improbable they would make India bat again in the game.
Overnight showers made sure that 75 minutes were lost before play could resume and the West Indies’ second innings could begin. Only three overs were possible before showers returned though, and forced another short break in play. In this interim, play did get under way and Ishant Sharma (1-19) bowled Rajendra Chandrika (1), the opener shouldering arms to an incoming short delivery that was deflected onto his stumps off his arm.
After another rain break then, Darren Bravo (20) joined Kraigg Brathwaite (23), and the duo never looked comfortable at the crease, particularly against Mohammed Shami (2-25) who used the conditions well. He used the short ball to good effect against Bravo, hitting him on the forearm and the batsman was never confident thereafter. Somehow the two managed to stay at the wicket, as rain threatened to break play again.
Amit Mishra (1-4) was introduced into the attack thereafter, and after seeing through Ishant’s spell, Brathwaite played a needless stroke to get out. He pulled a short delivery off the legspinner and Lokesh Rahul ran back from midwicket to complete the catch in the 13th over. An over later, Marlon Samuels (0) was bowled for a five-ball duck, as he left an incoming delivery from Shami.