Rain hinders the 100th WI-IND Test

Without bowling a single ball on Day 5 of the second Test in Port of Spain due to rain, the match concluded in a draw, giving India a 1-0 victory over the West Indies in the two-match Test series. To tie the series, the hosts, who were 76/2 at Stumps on Day 4, needed 289 points. But the centenary Test between West Indies and India came to a soggy conclusion because of heavy rain that began over the weekend and persisted until Monday (July 24).

When play was supposed to start at 1:15 pm local time, the rain did temporarily stop, and there were even brief glimpses of blue sky. However, the play didn’t start because of another spell of rain. As it began to rain again, a second postponed start time of 1:40 p.m. again failed to materialize, and the Test was subsequently called off for the day.

India is presently placed No. 2 in the World Test Championship for the 2023–25 cycle after earning four points from this tie match, bringing their total to 16, which has reduced their percentage of points to 66.66. Thanks to the drew Test, West Indies earns their first points.

Recalling the Test, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave India a solid foundation as they raised their second consecutive century stand on Day 1 of the visitors’ turn to bat first. Jaiswal followed up his breakthrough century with a knock of 57, striking at over 75, while Rohit made 80. West Indies responded by taking quick wickets, leaving India at 182/4. Then came Kohli’s 29th Test century in his 500th appearance for his country as his 159-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (61) rekindled India’s sagging fortunes. R Ashwin contributed with the bat as well, scoring 56 to aid the team’s 438 total.

The conservative West Indies response was paced by Kraigg Brathwaite’s 75 off 235 as the visitors batted for 108 overs on Days 2 and 3 to reach 229/5. However, Mohammed Siraj’s first-ever Test wicket gave India a chance on Day 4 despite a lot of rain as the hosts were dismissed for 255. After that, India quickly reached 181/2 declaration in 24 overs, with Rohit scoring his third consecutive fastest fifty while Ishan Kishan, who had been moved up to the No. 4 position, reached his first Test half-century. West Indies entered Stumps on Day 4 at 76/2, which was also the final score after constant rain forced a draw.

In order to start their World T20 campaign, India won the first Test in Dominica by an innings and 141 runs, highlighted by Jaiswal’s 171 and Ashwin’s 12-wicket haul. The third ODI will be played in Trinidad on August 1, and the series now shifts into one-day international gear with the first two ODIs in Barbados on July 27 and 29. A five-match T20I series from August 3 to August 13 will come after this.

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