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India takes series 2-0 after fourth successive no-play day

Visiting side loses top spot in ICC Test rankings after conditions make play impossible on fifth and final day

India takes series 2-0 after fourth successive no-play day - Cricket News
The groundsmen were unable to get the outfield back in shape for play.
The fourth and final Test between West Indies and India ended without a ball being bowled for the fourth consecutive day, with a water-logged outfield preventing play on Monday’s (August 22) fifth and final day at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Only 22 overs were bowled on the first day with West Indies reaching 62 for 2 after choosing to bat first. Thereafter, no play was possible for the two remaining sessions on Day 1, with not a single ball bowled for the next four days either, ensuring the match ended as a draw.
Following a brief inspection of the ground and in consultation with West Indies and India team officials, Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker, the on-field umpires, called off play shortly after the scheduled start on Monday. The decision was taken after it was clear that the conditions would not have improved.
Although India won the four-Test series 2-0, the draw meant it lost the No. 1 ranking to Pakistan. The team needed a win, and a 3-0 series scoreline, to retain the spot that came its way earlier this week after Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia 3-0 and Pakistan drew with England 2-2.
R Ashwin, who had an outstanding series with both bat and ball, was adjudged the Man of the Series, his sixth such award. “I'm very happy about it… contributing to wins is nice,” said the offspinning allrounder. “When we started the series, we wanted to play aggressive cricket. We played five bowlers in all the games - that came out well. We take a lot of positives. The team is helping me stay on the ground - they monitor everyone closely and it helps.”

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