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Ishant Sharma strikes twice for India

The Bridgetown weather held up India’s attempts to establish a first-innings lead in the second Test as West Indies reached stumps on a rain-depleted second day at the Kensington Oval on 98 for five.

Ishant Sharma took two wickets in an over in a delayed morning session but that was all the progress they could make thanks to a combination of bad weather and determined batting.

Sharma left West Indies on 57 for five but Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 20 not out, and Marlon Samuels, unbeaten on 21, dug in either side of lunch before rain washed away much of the afternoon session and all of the evening’s. He finished with figures of three for 31.

Early showers and a wet outfield meant play was delayed for 45 minutes at the start of the day and when it did get under way, with West Indies 30 for three replying to India’s 201 all out, neither overnight batsman looked entirely comfortable.

Ramnaresh Sarwan was beaten by Praveen Kumar before edging Ishant for four while the nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo edged the dangerous paceman between the slips and gully.

Bishoo was the first to go in Ishant’s next over, gliding the ball to Virat Kohli at gully, and Sarwan followed to a full delivery which he played all round.

Thereafter it was all about survival as Chanderpaul, who joined the former world-record wicket-taker Courtney Walsh as the most capped West Indies player with 132 Tests, compiled a boundary-free 20 not out off 63 balls and Samuels, who crashed the final ball of the session, a long hop from Harbhajan Singh, for four in a rare moment of aggression.

The pace slowed still further after the restart, which was again held up by a shower, with just 16 runs scored in 8.3 overs.

By the time heavy rain swept cross the ground to take the players off again, bringing about an early tea and ultimately the end of the day’s proceedings, both players had crept into the 20s, Samuels courtesy of a slashed off-side boundary off Kumar.

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