R. Ashwin show – No batsman in the West Indies batting line-up had answers to questions asked by the Indian off-spinner. None of them was able to read his bowling as he mixed up his balls with plenty of variations he has in his bag. He played a crucial role in wrapping up the West Indies innings below 200. He ended the day with figures of 52/5, thus claiming a five-wicket haul for the second consecutive time. With this, he has proved that he will be a big factor in the upcoming Test matches and the West Indies team has to be wary of him.
India safe at stumps – Following a brilliant show with the ball, the Indian team continued its brilliance with the bat too and finished the day with a score of 126/1 on the board. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan shared 87 runs for the first wicket. Dhawan lost his wicket on the score of 27 but after his dismissal, Pujara and KL Rahul went on to drive the team’s boat like a safe helmsman. Both are standing not-out on the crease with Pujara on a score of 18* and KL Rahul on 75*. Surely if KL Rahul continues to bat like this, then a century for him is there for sure which he will score tomorrow morning.
Swinging the Gabriel’s way – Sometimes the number of wickets in the wicket column can be deceptive and does not give the true picture of the quality of bowling done by a bowler. Same is the case with Shanon Gabriel who dismissed the big fish KL Rahul. He was the main force behind forcing the Indian batsmen to go slow in the first session. He paired with Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins and tested the Indian batsmen in the starting two hours of the game. Holder was bowling away from the batsmen whereas Gabriel was bowling the one which was coming in sharply, so sharply that sometimes even the wicket-keeper failed to collect the ball due to amount of swing generated by Gabriel. He could not get the fruit of his effort as he deserved much more than he achieved today.
Century Sehwag style – We have seen and heard stories of Sehwag jumping from a score of 294 runs to 300 with a six. KL Rahul did something similar to that but the count of runs was not the same. He was batting on a score of 94 runs and suddenly out of nowhere he came out of the crease and sent the bowler out of the ground for a six to bring up his century. The moments he raised his bat, Ten sports went on a commercial break and we missed the moment of joy. This was a big step taken by him to score a six as in past we have seen that even legends like Sachin Tendulkar have faced problem across the nervous nineties stage but he did something that no Indian batsman other than Virender Sehwag can think of. This was an act of bravery from him.
Holder- Rahane saga – It all started in the over number 142 and continued till the lunch break The first ball of the mentioned over from Jason Holder to Ajinkya Rahane was straight on the thigh pad of Rahane. The second ball drew an LBW appeal but Rahane had already nicked it before it could have any contact with the pads. The third one was a leg cutter which rolled like a top after passing Rahane before going into the hands of wicket-keeper.
Bowler again drew an appeal on the fourth delivery as Rahane again missed one which touched his pads. The fifth and sixth deliveries were also not easy to handle as Rahane was seen troubled with both of them. It looked like Rahane has lost his concentration after spending hours at the crease. Rahane finally relieved himself by hitting a straight drive off Holder in the 148th over. During these six overs, he was moving his feet like he is dancing on a dance floor in an after match IPL party. His feet moment reminded us a little bit of Younis Khan feet moment which we saw last week against the Test match against England.
It was seen that Holder was upset not getting a wicket after so much of efforts but he was not totally worn out and bounced back dismissing Saha just on the brink of lunch break.
Rahane’s ton – Rahane’s seventh Test match ton did not come in a way he would have wanted it to come. He was looking to block one from Roston Chase and went upon the delivery, the ball instead went straight and Rahane edged it towards the slip where the fielder Blackwood instead of going left went towards his right to collect the ball. The ball went on to touch the boundary ropes and it was a moment of joy for Ajinkya Rahane. This was Rahane’s seventh ton against the sixth different nation. Soon after his century, Umesh Yadav got out and Kohli decided to declare the innings with Indian team having a lead of 304 runs over West Indies team.
Rain played a key part in Day 4 – It seemed like the Jamaica clouds do not want their team to lose the match as a heavy drizzle started before the start of the play post Lunch. The storm was much heavier this time and which was minimising the chances of any play today. The drizzle got heavier as the time passed and after an hour later it got slow only to go heavier in next few minutes. There was a threat of showers again as the black clouds were looming over the Sabina Park which forced to delay the start of the game. It was for the fourth time when the play was interrupted due to rain.
The final call off – Finally after a wait of more than 2 hours, the umpires decided to call it for the day as dark clouds were approaching towards the ground which resulted in the day being called off. There was never a time when the water was not pouring down. Water continued to come down for the rest of the day making it a tough task for the hard working ground staff. A total number of 83.1 overs went unused today due to the natural interruption. West indies will be hoping for the same shower tomorrow whereas the Indian team will pray to get at least two sessions of play in which they can wrap up the innings of West Indies so as to increase the margin of lead in the series.
The West Indies show – Playing exactly opposite to what was expected, the West Indies batsmen went on to bat for the whole day thus forcing a draw in the end. It was expected that the Indian bowlers will wrap up the West indies batting in a session or two but the home side decided not to lose hope till the end and as a result, they were successful in forcing a draw in the end. Roston Chae was the star for them as after taking a five-wicket haul, he came up with a century to rescue his team from a difficult situation. Captain Jason Holder to contributed well with a well made the half century, leading the team to a draw.