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India on driver’s seat against Windies

With the West Indies still behind 256 runs, they will try to save the match on day five

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Publish Date: Aug 3 2016 1:26PM | Updated Date: Aug 3 2016 1:26PM

India on driver’s seat against Windies

Mohammed Shami delivers a ball against West Indies in Kingston. (Photo: AFP)

 

India's wait for 2-0 lead in the four-match series against a West Indies continued as nonstop rains forced an early end to the fourth day's play of the second Test at the Sabina Park in Kingston on Tuesday.

 
Only about 16 overs of play was possible in which the hosts at 48/4 in their second innings managed to push themselves nearly to the brink of yet another embarrassing defeat.
 
Visitors were on course for another Test win with the bowlers taking four quick wickets during the rain-curtailed pre-lunch session.
 
Rains returned just a few minutes before the scheduled resumption of play. No play was possible after that.
 
With the West Indies still behind 256 runs, they will try to save the match on day five, with play scheduled to begin at 9.30 a.m. local time and 98 overs to be bowled in the day.
 
Earlier, Indian bowlers continued to increase misery on the hosts, with paceman Mohammed Shami taking two wickets while Ishant Sharma and leg-spinner Amit Mishra scalped one each.
 
After the start of the match was delayed by an hour and 15 minutes, India took the wicket off Rajendra Chandrika (1), who had pacer Sharma's ball kiss his elbow as he tried to leave the ball before it hit the stumps.
 
Before rain interrupted the play again, India gave away only six runs before heading to the pavilion.
 
After the rain-enforced break, India were again right on the money, even though Kraigg Braithwaite (23) and Darren Bravo (20) showed some resistance. Right-hander Braightwaite skied Mishra and it was followed by a running catch from Lokesh Rahul as the West Indies lost their second wicket for 41 runs. 
 
Shami operated with a probing line and bagged two quick wickets. 
 
While Marlon Samuels was clean bowled after missing the line, Bravo succumbed to a rising ball, ending up nudging a catch to Rahul at third slip as the West Indies plunged to 48/4. 
 
Jermaine Blackwood was batting on 3 as the ball that dismissed Bravo was the final one before lunch was called.