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West Indies v India, 2nd Test, St Lucia, 4th day

Rain ruins proceedings

The Bulletin by Anand Vasu

June 13, 2006

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West Indies 215 and 43 for 1 trail India 588 for 8 dec by 330 runs
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"India ain't ever gonna win with the rain comin' down like that," could easily be the refrain from the more boisterous sections of the stands at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, for the rain bucketed down for the best part of the fourth day. There was no chance of play, and with West Indies on 43 for 1, still 330 runs behind India, the locals were happy for the weather to help them out. India were hoping that they can get a good chunk of play in tomorrow, although that seems ambitious given the weather conditions, to try and force a result.

The first three days of the Test were dogged by gloominess and some light showers as well, but a strong breeze resulted in the clouds clearing up. Today, though, was characterised by unrelieved gloom, what with the leaden skies and no hint of a breeze. The sun was not able to even get a peek - light would have definitely been a concern - and India will be concerned about a similar forecast for tomorrow.

"If the [rain] god was a West Indian today, I hope it is an Indian tomorrow," said Greg Chappell at the end of a muggy day. "We have no control over the weather but we got them out in 80 overs in the first innings and hopefully a full day tomorrow would enable us to take nine remaining wickets."

Anand Vasu is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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