Indian team celebrate the wicket of Leon Johnson © AFP
Indian team celebrate the wicket of Leon Johnson © AFP

The first day of the fourth Test between West Indies and India has been called off due to incessant rains with the hosts being precariously placed at 62/2 in 22 overs. After winning the toss, West Indian skipper Jason Holder elected to bat first on a surface, which had some bounce as well as turn for the bowlers to exploit. After a lot of fuss in the third Test over Indian team selection, Virat Kohli made some surprising yet good moves by drafting in Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of an inconsistent Shikhar Dhawan and made way for Murali Vijay at the expense of Ravindra Jadeja. Kohli has turned down the five-bowler strategy for the final Test as India now have an extra batsman to their service. It would be interesting to see if Indian bowlers could scalp 20 West Indian wickets with a threat of rain always looming over the venue.Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 4th Test match

West Indies’ opener Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson started off the proceedings cautiously but the latter fell prey to Ishant Sharma’s consistence. Ishant drew the first blood with a noxious bouncer, which was safely caught by Rohit Sharma at short-leg. Moments later, Darren Bravo was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for a mere score of 10. Ashwin bowled a complete stunner, which is also a dream delivery for an off-spinner to left-handed batsman. Ashwin went around the wicket and got the red cherry turn after pitching it on middle and leg. The ball took a sharp turn only to edge past Bravo’s willow and kiss the off-stump. Full Cricket Updates: India vs West Indies, 4th Test match

West Indies were delicately placed at 62 for the loss of two wickets right before Lunch when rains started pouring. Moments later lunch was taken but the rain gods seemed to have shown absolutely no mercy whatsoever. After a lot of patience, the day was called off as the outfield was not good enough to host a play with rain coming down at a brisk pace. West Indies will resume play on Day 2 with India being in a good position once again in the series.

With Vijay and Pujara back in the Indian line-up, India have certainly strengthened their batting but with rains being around the corner, it will a task for the four bowlers to chip wickets as early as possible if India are eyeing 3-0. As per the weather forecast, rain is expected on most of the match days, which puts an added pressure on India as they are also eyeing to grab the No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings. A win here will play a crucial role in India’s ascend in the team rankings.

Brief scores:

West Indies 62 for 2 (Kraigg Brathwaite 32*, Darren Bravo 10; Ishant Sharma 1 for 7) vs India

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