Highlights of day 3: Rain plays spoilsport in a rain-marred day as India just six wickets away from the win
A delayed start – The penultimate day of the second Test match was supposed to start half an hour earlier today at 9 30 A.M. to recover the loss which caused due to the heavy rain last evening but nature had its own way as everything did not go pre-planned. Instead of an early start, there was a delay of one and a half hour due to heavy pre-match shower. After a prolonged delay, players finally stepped onto the playing field only to come back to the pavilion after a period of just 3 overs as again it started raining which forced the umpires to vacant the playing area. Only 15 minutes play was possible before the rain arrived to interrupt the play.
Strange dismissal – West Indies team continued their habit of losing early wickets and again it was Rajesh Chandrika who fell earlier in the innings. It was only the third of the day which proved to be last over before the rain arrived, Rajesh Chandrika was facing tall and lanky bowler Ishant Sharma who was bowling beautifully with the new ball. Rajesh Chandrika seemed to be quite cautious this time as he was playing more safely. He was blocking deliveries which came in and was leaving the deliveries which were supposed to go out but in between, he did a small error and failed to judge a delivery of Ishant Sharma and got dismissed. He shoulder arms a delivery from Ishant Sharma which went on to say hello to his stumps and Yes! Timber. Rajendra Chandrika was dismissed cheaply for the second time in the Test match due to his own mistake. He was quite upset as this delivery was one which he could have easily played towards off side. Soon after this act, a thunderstorm arrived again which forced players to go back in the pavilion.
Start which was not supposed to be a start– After a break of half hour, the rain stopped and after the inspection, umpires decided to resume the game at 12 noon (Local time) as the ground staff made extra efforts to make the ground ready to be used again. The players stepped on the field after a period of exactly one hour. After 34 minutes of play, Tip tips tip! Water starts pouring for a period of few seconds and then stopped automatically. There was no further delay till the lunch break. The session was quite fruitful for the Indian team as they added 3 more wickets to the scoreboard. It was expected that there will be a normal start after Lunch break but again a drama unfolded here in Jamaica which you can miss on your own risk.
Rain part 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.
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