No play possible for second consecutive day due to wet outfield followed by wet weather
Rain forced abandonment of play for a third consecutive day at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Saturday (August 20), in the fourth and final Test between India and the West Indies.
The start was delayed due to a soggy outfield and with the skies opening up later in the day, there was little chance of action. Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker, the on-field umpires, eventually decided to call play off at 12.30pm local time, three hours after the scheduled start.
Only 22 overs were bowled on the first day with the West Indies reaching 62 for 2 after choosing to bat first. Thereafter, no play was possible throughout the second day because of the saturated conditions, even though there was sunshine for large parts of the morning and afternoon.
On Saturday, a pitchfork was used to gauge the condition of the outfield, and the prognosis wasn’t great, with the ground offering little restriction to the tool. The groundsmen then resorted to digging up parts of the outfield to aid the drying process.
The umpires then decided to have an inspection at 11am local time. However, even the inspection was delayed as bang on schedule, the covers were rushed on with ominous clouds making their way over the venue. It soon started raining, further hampering chances of play.
The rain got heavier and heavier, and never really relented, forcing the abandonment of yet another day.
India leads the series 2-0, but the rains have virtually ruined the team’s chance of staying at the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. The team needed a win and a 3-0 series margin, to retain the spot, but with that result unlikely, it is set to relinquish the position to Pakistan.
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