West Indies v India, 3rd Test, St Lucia, 3rd day August 11, 2016

Washout a big step towards draw at St Lucia


West Indies 107 for 1 (Brathwaite 53*) trail India 353 (Ashwin 118, Saha 104, Rahul 50, Cummins 3-54, Joseph 3-69) by 246 runs
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The St Lucia Test took a big step towards a draw with steady rain not allowing any play on the third day. The match had already gone at a slow pace on the first two days with 11 wickets falling for only 460 runs. There hadn't been any weather interruption on the first two days; the slowness was down to disciplined West Indies bowling and a slow outfield.

West Indies were 107 for 1, trailing India's 353 by 246 runs. With two days to go and an outfield slowed down further, chances of a result looked remote. India led the series 1-0 after the win in Antigua and draw in Jamaica.

The rain on the third day was so steady play was called off before tea, at 1.45pm. Forecast for day four was for early showers but a clear afternoon.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Speak on August 12, 2016, 16:15 GMT

    Looks like the rain has saved India from a heavy defeat, but just not yet. West Indies might just blow away the Indian batters for around 45 runs total in their second innings with the pace bowlers doing the damage. India is an over--rated side.......and over-hyped also.

  • Lesroy Smokeyjoe Lewis on August 12, 2016, 14:56 GMT

    who is the third umpire???

  • Komalram on August 12, 2016, 14:44 GMT

    really... that's a no ball... that's unfair... common... what was that?

  • pankaj on August 12, 2016, 14:35 GMT

    Almost same over in both matches....

  • Keith on August 12, 2016, 14:17 GMT

    Bit of a strange time to be playing cricket in the WI, I've never heard of it before. It would explain all that rain.

  • spirit0508878 on August 12, 2016, 14:02 GMT

    Can someone please let me know if Anil Kumble played any role in dropping of Murali Vijay, Pujara from team and inclusion of Rohit Sharma.

  • Jose on August 12, 2016, 13:30 GMT

    If ICC decide ( as a collective derision) that a test match will last:

    1. For six days, or

    2. After playing 450 overs, or

    3, All four innings are played out,

    Whichever comes earlier.

    The problem of external factors (like rain) affecting the match will be partly / mostly solved.

    If everyone, including broadcasters know in advance, that a test match is 'scheduled' ( may not be fully used ) for 6 days ( as it used to be with 4th day being a rest day, in those days), there won't be any disruption to anybody's schedule.

    If the match finishes fast, every one will have one, or a few, free days. Isn't that happening already when a match finishes in 3 or 4 days?

    Slow over rate will also be solved with the condition #2 mentioned above.

  • Prem on August 12, 2016, 12:53 GMT

    India lost their momentum in this series when they delayed the declaration in the second Test for Rahane's personal milestone. In cricket momentum is key and that was really a wasted chance to keep winning.

  • S on August 12, 2016, 12:32 GMT

    It seem Boring draw awaits!!

  • Dean on August 12, 2016, 12:31 GMT

    Given the position in the series and the fact Ind have runs on the board the wash out is bad news for WI. It's difficult to see how they can force a win from this position, they may now just choose to go on the defensive & make sure they still have a chance of leveling the series in Trinidad. Ind could though still push for a win if they get early wickets today. A lead of a hundred or so with around 4 sessions left could allow Ind to bat 50-60 overs, scoring quickly then could get a lead close to 300 and then ask WI to bat out 65-70 overs on the last day.

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