Rain ends India cleanup hopes, second test drawn, India team win series

The second and final Test match between India and West Indies ended in a draw due to rain on the fifth day of the game. Team India won the two-match series 1-0 in this fashion, but rain wiped out their hopes of picking up some big points for the third round of the World Test Championship (WTC) by cleaning it up.

India, who had reached the final in the first two WTC cycles, started the new cycle on a high note by winning the first Test match played in Dominica by one innings and 141 runs. It rained heavily from the morning of the fifth and final day of the second Test Match, so the players had to spend time in the dressing room. Shortly before the scheduled lunch time, the rain stopped and the clouds also dissipated, whereupon the referees announced the start of the match at 11:10 Indian time.

Just at that moment the players could enter the field when the clouds came and then it started to rain. The referees then announced the end of the match draw at 12.20 Indian time with the consent of both captains. Meanwhile, when the rain stopped, Indian captain Rohit Sharma took time out to sign autographs for his fans.

Play on the fourth day of the match was also affected by rain, with the West Indies scoring 76 from two while chasing a tough target of 365. By the end of day four play, Jermaine Blackwood was playing for 20 and opener Tegnarayan Chanderpaul was playing for 24 runs.

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Batting first, India scored 438 runs in their first innings aided by Virat Kohli’s 121 runs. Due to brilliant bowling by fast bowler Mohammad Siraj on the fourth day, India dismissed the West Indies with 255 runs in the first innings.

The West Indies started their first innings ahead of 229 for four on the fourth day, but Siraj raised India’s hopes of victory by taking five wickets in the morning session. Siraj took five wickets for 60 runs in a career best performance by him.

Helped by an aggressive half-century from captain Rohit Sharma (57) and batsman Ishan Kishan (52 not out), India declared their second innings at 181 for two and set up a challenging target against the West Indies.

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