West Indies on rearguard after twin strikes by India on rain-marred Day 1 of 4th Test
Rain played spoilsport on Day 1 of the 4th India-WI Test as only 22 overs were bowled during which the visitors struck twice before play was called off.
Port of Spain: Rain played spoilsport on the opening day of the fourth Test between India and the West Indies as only 22 overs were bowled during which the visitors struck twice before play was called off, in Port of Spain on Thursday.
India removed two West Indies batsmen -- Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo -- before rain forced 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 ground play ready. The play will start 30 minutes early on Friday, with a maximum of 98 over 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. Bhuvneshwar, 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 Bhuvneshwar, 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 not out) 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.
Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to ask his fans to applaud Stuart Broad's hard work and achievement.
England vs West Indies: Stuart Broad stars with bat and ball as hosts leave Windies gasping for air in decider
Broad smashed a counter-attacking 62 in a return to form with the bat then played a lead role as part of England's destructive pace quartet to leave the West Indies on the ropes after day two of the deciding third Test.
Broad, who is England's second-highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests, was dropped for the first match of the series — won by the West Indies in Southampton — and didn't take it well, expressing his disappointment in a TV interview during the match.