Rain curtails play on first day of 4th Test

PTI Port of Spain | Updated on January 27, 2018

Rain played spoilsport on the opening day of the first cricket Test between India and the West Indies as only 22 overs were bowled during which the visitors struck twice before play was called off, here today.

India removed two West Indies batsmen — Leon Johnson and Dareen Bravo before rain forced an early lunch break and play could never resume after that.

The hosts were 62 for two with Kraigg Brathwaite (32) and Marlon Samuels (4) at the crease.

The intermittent rain ended any chance of resumption of play even as the ground staff also struggled to keep the ground play ready.

Play will start 30 minutes early tomorrow, with a maximum of 98 overs to be bowled.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-13) and Mohammed Shami (0-14) started off proceedings after the hosts elected to bat, half-an-hour past the scheduled time with the session timings adjusted accordingly.

Under overcast conditions, the two pacers got enough purchase with the new ball and squared up both batsmen on more than a couple occasions from both ends. Kumar, in particular, continued from where he left off in St. Lucia.

And he should have had his reward, but skipper Virat Kohli dropped Brathwaite (on 4) in the third over off Kumar, unable to latch on to the low one-handed catch at second slip.

Shami, though, was a touch wayward and it allowed the batsmen to score off him at times. It necessitated bringing Ishant Sharma (1/7) into the attack, and he delivered off the very first ball.

Johnson could not keep down a short delivery in the 12th over, and lobbed it up for Rohit Sharma to complete an easy catch at short-leg, diving forward.

Spin was introduced in the 13th over then, and in his very second over, R Ashwin (1/22) slipped a beauty past Darren Bravo (10) and knocked back his off stump.

Marlon Samuels (4 batting) then joined Brathwaite at the crease, and the two took the score past the 50-mark before rain came again, just 15 minutes before the scheduled lunch was to be taken.

India lead the four—match series 2—0, after winning the first Test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs, and the third Test in St. Lucia by 237 runs. The second Test in Jamaica was drawn.

Published on August 19, 2016

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