Windies make 204 as rain forces early end

Roseau, Dominica, CMC – Heavy rain again forced an early close to the second day of the Third Digicel Test match between West Indies and India at Windsor Park on Thursday.

Only 80.3 overs out of a possible 180 have been delivered over the first two days of the Test being staged in the Dominica capital for the first time. West Indies were bowled out for 204 just before tea and India were eight without loss when a heavy shower came to end the day.

Earlier, Carlton Baugh hit the top score of 60, and Darren Bravo made 50. The pair added 59 for the sixth wicket either side of lunch, but Ishant Sharma captured five wickets for 77 runs from 21.3 overs to take his tally in the three-match series to 21 wickets.

No other West Indies batsman distinguished himself, and Sharma got support in the demolition job from Praveen Kumar with two for 22 from 16 overs, and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who took two for 26 from 15 overs, becoming the 11th bowler to take 400 Test wickets.

Bravo counter-attacked in style with Baugh before he was caught behind off Sharma, stroking eight fours from 134 balls in a little more than 3 ¼ hours of batting.

Captain Darren Sammy struck three fours and one six in 20 from 23 balls, and put on a valuable 41 with Baugh to inch his side closer to the 200-run threshold.

But he was caught at forward short leg for 20 off Harbhajan to trigger a collapse that saw West Indies lose their last four wickets for five runs from 57 deliveries.

Baugh became Harbhajan’s landmark wicket, when he gave himself room to cut a sharply turning delivery from the patka-wearing off-spinner, and was bowled. The diminutive wicketkeeper/batsman struck six fours and one six from 79 balls in a little over 1 ¾ hours.

Before lunch, West Indies remained under pressure, when two wickets – one of them, the prized scalp of Shivnarine Chanderpaul – set them back on 128 for five.

When the West Indies took to the field they were without Ravi Rampaul who was unwell and had to get medical treatment.

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