Rahane century leaves WI looking to the skies
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
Embattled West Indies were left looking to the weather for salvation after Ajinkya Rahane stroked his seventh Test hundred and third in four innings, to leave India as firm favourites to win the second Test at Sabina Park.
When rain coupled with bad light ended yesterday's third day abruptly, the hosts were facing a deficit of 304 runs and requiring a massive batting effort to save the game and avoid falling 0-2 behind in the four-Test series.
Their demise was shaped by the right-handed Rahane who carved out an unbeaten 108 as India, resuming the day on 358 for five, declared their innings on 500 for nine at 2.55 p.m. - 45 minutes before the rescheduled tea break.
Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, playing in only his second Test following his debut last week in Antigua, finished with five for 121 after taking three of the four Indian wickets to fall.
However, West Indies were unable to begin their second innings as a weather system, which had been forecast to affect the island, began to dump rain on the capital Kingston.
The showers kept the ground-staff busy for the next two hours before match officials finally called time on the game.
West Indies could be in for another reprieve on today's penultimate day with thunderstorms already forecast.
Any hopes of making early inroads were quickly dashed on Monday as Rahane and Saha stretched their sixth wicket stand to 98, by controlling the morning session.