Rain saves West Indies from further collapse on Day 1

Rishav Narang / 18 August 2016

The trend continued in the fourth and the final Test match too as the Indian bowlers again came up with sparkling performances striking early wickets at the start of the game to gain the momentum. The top order tumbled and surrendered in front of the Indian bowlers. Before Indian bowlers could continue their attack on the West Indies batsmen, the rain arrived as a saviour for them to ensure that no further overs are bowled after the 22nd over of the day.

The weather was overcast in the morning, still, captain Jason Holder decided to bat first for which he paid off two early wickets and forced us to question his understanding of the game. The rain arrived few moments ahead of the Lunch break and no further play was possible after that.

Though there was a bit of sunshine post the lunch break but it soon disappeared as the rainwater continued to fell from the sky. The poor drainage system and presence of only super sopper on the ground added further to the woes of the Indian team.

At stumps the West Indies team had already lost two of their batsmen and team was struggling at a score of 62/2 at stumps.

It is not the first time in the series that game is interrupted due to rain as apart from the first Test match, each and every Test match has been interrupted due to rain. Rain has followed both the teams wherever they have gone.

The weather condition for tomorrow are expected to be the same as the one’s today which will further blow team India’s dream to stay at Number 1 position in the Test ranking. Currently, the Pakistan team is at Number 1 in Test rankings whereas the Indian team is at the second position in the point table. A draw here will be enough for Pakistan team to stay at the top for some time to come.

The Indian team will be hoping for a full days play for atleast three days to come so as to ensure that they win the contest and climb up to the number 1 rankings.