Port of Spain: The 4th Day of the last Test in the on-going India vs West Indies Test Series has been called of due to rain. This, being the third day in a row when play was called off. The sun was quite bright in the morning although the play at Queen’s Park Oval wasn’t possible. Third umpire Gregory Brathwaite and other groundsmen started repair work by digging up patches on the moist outfield. The plan was to use a mechanized roller to flatten it out once the outfield was dry. Just as this was going on, it started raining. Brains from both the camps were engaged in an intense discussion with the umpires and finally the play was called off.
Day 1 of the test had to be halted as the down pour began post lunch. After winning the toss, West Indies scored 62/2 and only 22 overs were bowled.Kraigg Brathwaite (32*) and Marlon Samuels (4*) were standing at the crease with Ishant Sharma (1/7) and R Ashwin (1/22) being the wicket-takers. In the 12th over, Ishant dismissed Leon Johnson (9) , caught at short leg by Rohit Sharma. Ashwin bowled Darren Bravo (10) with a beautiful off-break delivery in the 15th over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/13) and Mohammed Shami (0/14) remained without any wickets. This has been so far the only day when any play took place.
It is quite surprising that a match was scheduled in this part of the world in August as it rains heavily during this time. Chances of the game proceeding any further look bleak. This match most likely would end as a draw as was the case with the second test in Jamaica. India has an insurmountable lead of 2-0 in the four match series by winning the first test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs and the third in St.Lucia by 237 runs.
A win in this final test match is required for India, in order to retain their numero uno spot in the ICC Test rankings after taking it from Australia on Wednesday. However, chances of that happening are remote. Pakistan is poised to takeover the place as it trails India only by one rating point. Pakistan will become number one on Monday.