It has been said that a dog is a man’s best friend, but the Windies may be harboring thoughts to the contrary by viewing Tropical Storm Earl currently dumping rain on Jamaica as their best friend.
On the other hand, India may be ruing their decision not to have declared their first inning at the 150 lead mark.
That said, the West Indies are swimming against the tide and may just drown if the rain ceases and the touring Indians bring rain of another nature on the pitch by the snatching the six remaining Windies wickets.
At 48 for the loss of four wickets in their second innings after only about two hours of play possible on the fourth day Tuesday, the Windies are certainly staring defeat in the face.
Play was called-off early Tuesday afternoon after only 15.5 overs were bowled due to intermittent showers.
The West Indies still need to clear a massive deficit and put a decent score on the board for India to bat again.
India had earlier piled up 500 for nine declared in response to West Indies paltry first inning sum of 196 all out.
The Indians no doubt will be watching the weather forecast like a hawk although it is already predicted that the weather condition would be more favorable for play on Wednesday.
Feeling already cheated by the weather, the Indians can take comfort in the fact that they have four of the Windies frontline batsmen back in the pavilion.
In the time of play, Mohammed Shami used the conditions to his advantage to finish the day with two wickets for 25 runs.
Opener Rajendra Chandrika was dismissed cheaply in the third over of the morning while fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 23 before he was caught from a feeble top edge.
Shami dismissed Marlon Samuels by hitting his off stump for a five-ball duck and in the next over removed Darren Bravo for 20 with a short ball.
While West Indies will be hoping for more rain on Wednesday’s final day to help them avert a second innings loss, the India will be confident of wrapping up a victory in one session.
West Indies 2nd innings
KC Brathwaite c Rahul b Mishra 23
R Chandrika b Sharma 1
DM Bravo c Rahul b Mohammed Shami 20
MN Samuels b Mohammed Shami 0
J Blackwood not out 3
Extras (nb 1) 1
Total (4 wickets; 15.5 overs) 48
To batRL Chase, SO Dowrich†, JO Holder*, ML Cummins, D Bishoo, ST Gabriel
Fall of wickets 1-5 (Chandrika, 2.3 ov), 2-41 (Brathwaite, 12.6 ov), 3-41 (Samuels, 13.5 ov), 4-48 (Bravo, 15.5 ov)
Bowling: Sharma 6-0-19-1 (1nb), Shami 7.5-2-25-2, Mishra 2-1-4-1.
Position: West Indies trail by 256 runs
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, I Gould; TV – N Duguid.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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