South Africa vs West Indies- Second Test: Rain salvages a draw for Windies

Shashi / 30 December 2014

West Indies were struggling at the score of 275 runs for the loss of 9 wickets at stumps of the fourth day. The test was surely heading towards a draw. Also, rain played a spoilsport throughout the test and interrupted the play at constant intervals.

Today also, play was interrupted by a wet outfield as there was a heavy shower in the morning sessions of the day. The grounds’ men were trying their heart and soul out to dry the field and make the play happen. But there was a light drizzle then which worsened the situations.

And there was no play till lunch. Then the umpires had a discussion.

And as the test was heading towards a draw, with an innings left for both the teams and it would be impossible to reach to a decision in the test in just two sessions. So, the umpires decided to call off the day’s play and hence the match was declared as a draw.

The score remained as it was. In reply to South Africa’s 417 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, West Indies played well but suffered from a batting collapse at the final session of the fourth day. They were poised at the score of 275 runs for the loss of 9 wickets and thus on that particular score, the test was declared as a draw.

Thus, after the two tests, South Africa leads the test series by a margin of 1-0.

Kraig Brathwaite was adjourned as the player of the match for his brilliant centurion knock which put West Indies back into fight.

The test was called off with two sessions left to play due to the weather related difficulties and also owing to the fact that even by playing for two sessions, no result in the test can be reached as even the first innings was not fully done with.

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