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Defeat looms despite rain

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Indian batsman Ajinka Rahane (right) plays the cut shot on the way to scoring a century during play on the third day of the second Test cricket match against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Monday. Looking on are Jermaine Blackwood (left) and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

Due to rainfall associated with the weather system 'Earl', a brief period of play was possible on the fourth and penultimate day of the second Royal Stag Test between West Indies and India at Sabina Park. And when that period, which lasted between 10 40 a.m. and 1 10 p.m. ended, India were large and in charge.

This was largely due to another bout of inept batting, which resulted in the regional team being reduced to 48 for four in their second innings - a deficit of 256 runs - after India had declared their first innings on day three at 500 for nine.

The West Indies made 196 in their first innings.

Down 1-0 in the four-match series, the West Indies were put in their position on a combination of poor shots and clinical fast bowling from Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.

The duo, utilising short balls and in and out-swinging deliveries, made life difficult for top four batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, all of whom have been dismissed.

Chandrika was the first to be dismissed for one, when in the second over of the day, he was bowled by Sharma, as the ball ricochet off his body and onto the stumps.

This brought to crease Bravo and along with Brathwaite, put on 36 for the second wicket before the latter departed.

OBNOXIOUS PULL SHOT

Playing what was an obnoxious pull shot after backing away, he was caught at deep mid-wicket off a top-edge, off the bowling of leg-spinner Amit Mishra for 23. Brathwaite hung his head all the way back to the pavilion.

Samuels, after facing five balls, failed to negotiate an out-swinger from Shami, which squared him up and hit the top of off-stump. He failed to score.

The other wicket to fall was that of Bravo, who while awkwardly defending a number of short balls dished out by Shami and Sharma, eventually gave in when he was caught in the slips for 20 off Shami.

His dismissal ushered in the lunch break - which was delayed due to three prior rain interruptions - with one ball remaining. No play was possible thereafter.

Shami closed with figures of two for 25 off 7.5 overs, Sharma one for 19 off six and Mishra one for four off two.