Barbados, Jun 30: Rain played spoilsport in the second day of the ongoing Test match between India and West Indies, as only 25.3 overs could be bowled. With India having West Indies on the mat, a result is still a possibility provided there are no further rain interruptions in the match.
Starting the day with yet another dismal batting performance from the top order, the West Indies' hope rest on the shoulders of Shivnarine Chanderpaul who is still at crease with Marlon Samuels for company.
Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, who alongwith Ramnaresh Sarwan failed to build any substantial innings, were the only two wickets that the Indians could manage in the 25-odd overs they could bowl in the rail-curtailed draw.
Bishoo, was the first to go, when he was caught by Virat Kohli of Ishant Sharma. Indians did not waste much time in getting him out as they peppered Bishoo with some chin music coupled with full-length deliveries which ensured that he always stayed back at the crease.
Sarwan, who is looking a far cry from the batsman who had dared to confront Glenn McGrath, was the next to go. Ishant Sharma, who it seems is on his way to make Sarwan his bunny, trapped him LBW in the final delivery of the 18th over. He could manage only 18 from 43 deliveries.
Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuel then dug in to see off a very impressive spell from the Indian bowlers. Praveen Kumar, playing just his second Test, was very impressive to say the least, The way he beat the bats of the two batsmen, calls for his inclusion in the squad to tour England will only get louder.
To say the least, the West Indian batsmen especially Chanderpaul batted really well to stay unbeaten till intermittent showers forced the end of play for the day. West Indies are still 103 runs behind India's first innings total and would need a lot of application and determination to overhaul that.