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Update: India tour of West Indies 2016 - Fixtures & News updates
Rain washes out Day 3 of St Lucia Test

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Weather permitting, West Indies will resume their innings from 107 for 1 on Day 4 on Friday.

Action on Day 3 of the third Test match between the hosts West Indies and India at St. Lucia was washed out due to persistent rain. Heavy rainfall, that started early in the morning, continued throughout the day, forcing match officials to call off play on Thursday (August 11).

Weather permitting, West Indies will resume their innings from 107 for 1 on Day 4 on Friday. Match starts 30 minutes early to make up for the lost overs.

With only one innings completed and West Indies looking solid on 107 for 1, the match could be heading towards another draw.India lead the four-match series 1-0 after the a win in the first match at Antigua, while the second Test in Antigua ended in a draw.

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Quicks seal India's incredible series win

India 353 (Ashwin 118, Saha 104, Cummins 3-54) and 217 for 7 decl. (Rahane 78*, Cummins 6-48) beat West Indies 225 (Brathwaite 64, Bhuvneshwar 5-33) and 108 (Bravo 59, Shami 3-15) by 237 runs

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The summing up of West Indies' demise

On Thursday, the third day of the St Lucia Test, India saw rain wash a whole day's play out, with runs having been scored at about 2.5 an over on the first two days, with the bowlers' last memory of having taken a wicket 79.2 overs ago. By the end of the play on Saturday, the fifth day, India had taken 17 wickets in 63.5 overs to complete an incredible Test and series win, a win borne as much out of belief and intent as out of West Indies' lack of resistance after what hopefully wasn't a false down in Jamaica.

India began day five believing they could still win; West Indies did nothing to make India doubt it. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar's swing masterclass left India 285 in lead at the end of the fourth day, India quickly ran away to 60 runs in nine overs to leave West Indies with no chance of winning and 87 overs to survive. That was a big difference between Jamaica and St Lucia: there one counterattack put the hosts within sight of parity and gave them direction, here they didn't know where to go. Feet stopped moving, brains got muddled, plans went absent, and India stayed relentless. The victory, the first time India won two Tests in a series outside Asia since 2005 and the first time ever in the West Indies, arrived before tea.

The gulf in the class and awareness between the teams was glaring on the fifth day. It began with awareness and intent. India knew the outfield was slow, they knew they were short on time, so they came out running runs as if in street cricket. Tip and run, runs to slip, second runs with the ball in the fielder's hand, thirds because of panicked throws and poor backing-up, India almost literally stole these runs from under West Indies' noses. A six-wicket haul for Miguel Cummins as the batsmen went after the bowling was the only silver lining on a dark day for West Indies cricket. Ajinkya Rahane, not surprisingly, top-scored with an unbeaten 78.

Then came the question of class. West Indies still had only 87 overs to survive on a pretty reliable surface. Except that the batting was not reliable. Coming into this innings having lost their last seven first-innings wickets in 16.2 overs, West Indies needed a solid start. It wasn't to be. On a new-ball pitch, the India quicks were soon going to be all over them. This was going to call for gumption, especially if West Indies lost a wicket early on. Which they duly did, with new opener Leon Johnson fending Mohammed Shami to short leg.

Bhuvneshwar, who had cracked the game open with a quick five-for on day four, then had Kraigg Brathwaite - not the only West Indies batsman who prefers to stay back - with a really full delivery. The inswinger held its line a little, Brathwaite played across its line and was caught dead plumb. With openers gone in the fifth over, there was extra responsibility on the most experienced West Indies batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo. Samuels couldn't have played a more irresponsible innings.

Samuels went from fasting to sugar rush betraying no sense of plan or direction to his batting. He faced the first 12 balls of his innings responsibly, avoiding the short-pitch barrage nicely. With no run to his name, and no intent to score any until then, out of nowhere he looked for a lofted off drive to the 13th ball he faced. Having survived that rush of blood, having scored his first run off the 21st ball he faced, Samuels got two half-volleys from R Ashwin, boundaries off which should have settled down nerves.

Samuels, though, went on a hitting spree. He was lucky he mistimed his next big shot, an attempted loft with a long-on in place. This one fell short, but Samuels, having been dormant for the first half of the innings, struggled to calm himself down. The feet didn't move, the bat went high, an inswinger from Ishant Sharma burst through the gate and sent the off stump on a cartwheel.

Three wickets had been lost in 13.2 overs, but Roston Chase and Bravo batted more sensibly and saw West Indies through to lunch. Post lunch Ishant produced the delivery of the innings to remove the centurion from Jamaica, Chase. India had got their act together for Chase, bowling fuller than they did in Jamaica, giving him less time to recover should there be any misbehaviour off the pitch. This one misbehaved massively, seaming back in from a full length to take the off stump out.

Jermaine Blackwood's attacking ways were less likely to work here; India had anyway cut off his runs by not bowling in his zone. A frustrated big drive - trying to save a Test with parity nowhere in sight - brought an on-the-line stumping, and half the side was gone even before the ball became old and settled down.

After about the 30th over, the pitch settled down a little. The edges began to die, as R Ashwin found out with Bravo who reached his first fifty in eight innings. The seam movement ceased. A main batsman would have found this period easier to negotiate, but Shane Dowrich fell to a disciplined spell from Shami, who followed on from a seven-over interrogation by Bhuvneshwar. Jason Holder ran himself out, and with the tail in the middle it was just a consolation that West Indies managed to cross 100 and didn't succumb to their lowest total against India.

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India's first captain to win two Tests in West Indies

Stats highlights from the final day in St Lucia where India clinched a series victory over West Indies

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Virat Kohli became the first India captain to win two Tests in West Indies

237 Margin of victory for India in this Test - their third-largest win, in terms of runs, outside Asia. They had won by 279 runs at Headingley in 1986 and 272 runs in Auckland in 1967-68. The win by an innings & 92 runs in the first Test was India's biggest innings-win outside Asia.

1986 Last time India won two Tests in a series outside Asia excluding Zimbabwe. Before two wins in this series, they had won two matches of the three-match series in England. Including Zimbabwe, this is only the fifth time India have won two or more Tests in a series outside Asia.

15.75 Average of India's fast bowlers in this Test - their best in a Test in West Indies. The fast bowlers took 12 wickets in this Test.

0 India captains who won two Tests in West Indies, before Virat Kohli. Bishen Bedi, Ajit Wadekar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni won one Test each as captain in West Indies.

6 Times five India bowlers took at least one wicket each in the fourth-innings of a Test. India have won five of those Tests and the last such instance was also against West Indies in Kingston in 2011.

6 Man of the Match awards for Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests - most by any India player since his debut in November 2011. During that stretch, only Rangana Herath has won more Man of the Match awards than Ashwin, with seven. Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Ross Taylor are all level with Ashwin on six awards since November 2011, though Ashwin has done it in the fewest Tests, 35.

1 Lower totals for West Indies against India in Tests than the fourth-innings 108 in St Lucia. They were all out for 103 at Sabina Park in 2006.

1999 Last time West Indies were all out for a lesser total than 103 in the fourth innings of a Test. They were all out for 51 against Australia in Port of Spain in 1998-99. The 108 in St Lucia is their fifth-lowest fourth-iinnings total in Tests.

67 Runs added by West Indies' in this Test by the final six partnerships in each innings - their second-lowest in home Tests batting twice. Their last six partnerships added 23 runs in the first innings and 44 runs in the second innings. Prior to this Test, their last six partnerships had never aggregated less than 100 runs across two innings against India.

1997 Last time a West Indies fast bowler took a six-wicket haul in Tests against India. Before Miguel Cummins' 6 for 48 in this Test, Franklyn Rose took 6 for 100 in Kingston in 1996-97.

9 Innings without a fifty-plus score for Darren Bravo in Tests at home, before making 59 in the fourth innings of this Test. He was dismissed between 10 and 30 in seven in those innings. He averages 46.66 in the fourth innings of Tests - his best in any innings.

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4th Test

India strike twice before rain interruption

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Ishant struck off the first ball he bowled

More than the opening day of the fourth Test, all the eyes in the press box at the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad were trained on the one computer that was streaming the Olympic badminton semi-final between India's PV Sindhu and Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. The Indian sailed through the game, and the Indian contingent in the press box cheered for her throughout. India had a big chance at gold now. History was being made.

Just over six and half thousand kilometers away, another Indian team, which had recently rewritten the history books with a 2-0 win in the West Indies, had made another impressive start to the final Test.

After a delayed start due to a wet outfield, India were asked to bowl first. Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin struck for the visitors to leave West Indies in a spot of bother at 62/2 at Lunch.

India, for the first time this series, went in with four bowlers and six batsmen, with Cheteshwar Pujara coming in for Ravindra Jadeja. India also made another change to their opening combination with Murali Vijay replacing Shikhar Dhawan. The move meant that Ashwin, who has already hit two hundreds this series, would be asked to bat at number seven.

West Indies went in for a more conventional change, dropping Alzarri Joseph and bringing in Devendra Bishoo on a track that is expected to take spin.

West Indies made a cautious start to the game, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson looking steady against the new ball. Ishant Sharma came on first change and immediately had a wicket to his name. He had Johnson fending off a short delivery, aimed at his ribs, straight to Rohit Sharma at short leg.

Darren Bravo lofted Ashwin to the fence and made his attacking intentions against the ace spinner clear. However, Ashwin came back strongly as he had the left-hander out bowled for 10.

Rain made another appearance soon after and Lunch was taken with West Indies at 62/2. That also signaled the end of the day's play with persistent rain forcing the teams to stay in the dressing room. With more rain predicted for the second day as well, the prospects of getting a full day's play seem bleak once again.

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No rain but no cricket in Trinidad

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The outfield not drying up quickly enough forced the umpires to abandon the day's play

Not one drop of rain. Not one ball bowled.

Rain had lashed Queens Park Oval on the opening day, and with the drainage condition not being the best, and the sun not beating down in full glory, the outfield did not dry up quick enough for the game to be played the next day. Surprisingly, there was no super sopper available at the ground, and that made the drying process much slower. The sun peeped out of the overhead clouds for brief periods, and the five ground-staff, each holding a small blower in their hand, could only dry out the damp patches on the ground at a snail's pace.

There were forecasts for heavy rain on day 2 of the Test, but surprisingly there was no rain till the stumps were taken out for the day. The ground conditions, however, prevented the players from taking the field. The bowler's run-up areas were especially wet, and needed a lot of drying while the boundary areas around the square were wet as well.

Apart from the handful of ground-staff, who worked for more than two hours in the morning to drying up the problematic areas, there was little anybody could do.

It turned out to be another frustrating day in succession, after only 22 overs were possible on the opening day.

The umpires had three inspections to see if the game could merit a resumption, but each instance was followed by an announcement that the next inspection was scheduled an hour or so later. The final inspection took place at 2:30 local time, and the umpires deemed the outfield still unfit for play.

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Dwayne Bravo's calmness outshines KL Rahul's brilliance

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Dwayne Bravo came up with a brilliant final over

Dwayne Bravo's calmness under pressure overshadowed KL Rahul's brilliance as West Indies clinched a thrilling one-run win in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against India at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday (August 27).

Evin Lewis, who added 126 with opening partner Johnson Charles, scored a superb 100 off only 49 deliveries to register the fourth-fastest hundred as he led the West Indies to what many thought was an ungettable total of 245. Charles, though had to move down in the list for the fastest T20I hundreds as KL Rahul went on to bring up a century off 46 deliveries for the joint second-fastest ton and brought down the equation to eight off the final over.

What followed was a terrific bowling effort by Bravo, who conceded only six runs in the final over of the game and dismissed MS Dhoni off the last delivery to help the Caribbean team take a 1-0 lead.

The first impression one got looking at Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane negotiating the first few deliveries was that there would be less muscle, less belligerence. But finesse can be effective as well, which Rohit showcased as he easily lofted a few drives over the infield to set the tone in the chase. The opening partnership, however, was cut short when Rahane fell to Andre Russell in the third over. At first glance, the ramp shot played by Rahane appeared to be a clever and well-played one, but Bravo, as athletic as ever, covered much ground, dived and made it look much easier than it actually was.

Virat Kohli did not take long to get going as he managed two fours off Samuel Badree in the fourth over. The next over silenced the huge Indian contingent as Bravo cajoled the Test skipper into gloving an attempted pull-shot through to the keeper. Undoubtedly, the magical Kohli was India's best bet to win the game. His departure made an already difficult task even more daunting.

Rahul came in at the fall of Kohli's wicket and made his presence felt immediately, striking India's first six off the second ball he received, having dispatched his first for a four, to take 16 off Sunil Narine's first over. The spinner would hardly have been used to such harsh treatment, but this was a surface devoid of turn and consistent in bounce, making things much easier for the batsman than the unfortunate bowler. Rohit, meanwhile, was in his elements, as he dealt in regular boundaries to bring up a 22-ball fifty, the fourth fastest by an Indian player in T20Is.

The Rohit-Rahul association, which yielded 89 runs, came to an abrupt end when Rohit (62 off 28) found Charles at deep mid-wicket giving Pollard his only wicket of the game. India were now 137 for 3 and Dhoni strode to the wicket.

Dhoni, who walked in next, hit his stride quickly and joined Rahul in a stirring partnership that had the crowd in raucous celebration. Each boundary elevated the noise level as pleadings of "we want a six" were more often than not satisfied. By the time the 18th was completed, 24 was needed. This number was reduced by 16 by the end of the 19th, which also saw Rahul reach his hundred by sending Russell over backward point for six. Coming off 46 deliveries it meant he even outshone Lewis by making the joint second-fastest century in T20Is.

Eight were required from the last over and Marlon Samuels decided to make it harder for his team by dropping Dhoni off the first delivery. But, as things turned out, it was Bravo's magic that came to the fore, and with two needed off the last ball, Samuels redeemed himself by taking the catch offered by Dhoni at short third-man.

Earlier, Chris Gayle's absence due to an injury meant that Lewis got a chance, and he made sure not to waste it. Before he got going, it was Charles, playing in his 30th T20I, who began like a rocket. The day's second, third and sixth legal deliveries, bowled by Mohammad Shami was struck for six, four and four respectively. Sent in to bat by MS Dhoni, West Indies raced away to 24 in the first two overs, with Charles scoring 21 off nine deliveries. Lewis soon joined the fun, but Charles remained the main protagonist, his foot planted firmly on the accelerator.

At the end of the powerplay, West Indies reached 78 for no wicket, with Charles cruising on 51 after striking Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes in his first over. But if India thought the end of the power-play overs would offer any respite, they were made to think again. Lewis had now fully hit his stride and greeted Ravindra Jadeja's two first deliveries with mighty hits for six to continue the onslaught.

But just when it appeared that neither batsman would get out and the West Indies would make a million, Charles departed, bowled by Shami off an inside edge as he tried to play a low full-toss on off-stump through the leg side. It seemed a wasted opportunity with an easy century in the offing. Still, his 79 from 33 deliveries was well made.

At the half-way mark, West Indies were 132 for 1, with Lewis bringing up his 50 off 25 balls. The batsman took his hitting to the next level, when he carted five sixes off Stuart Binny in the 11th over, which yielded 32. A short while later, the Trinidadian, playing only his second T20I, reached his maiden century with a single off Jadeja before falling to the left-arm spinner.

Andre Russell, who walked at No. 3, added to India's woes but couldn't do too much damage, falling for a 12-ball 22. West Indies rearranged the batting order, trying to capitalise on the belligerent start, and sent Pollard in next. The hard-hitting all-rounder fell in the final over for a 15-ball-22, bowled by Bumrah. Carlos Brathwaite was run out for 14 and Simmons was bowled by Bumrah without scoring as West Indies ended up with 15-20 runs less than what they would have hoped for, but it proved to be sufficient in the end.

For the fans in Florida, they couldn't have asked for a more thrilling game, which saw a total of 489 runs being scored. West Indies made was thought to be a highly foreboding total. That India, playing their maiden international game in the USA, got that close was down to the remarkable batting from Rohit, Dhoni, and especially KL Rahul. Bravo though made all the difference in the end.

Brief scores: West Indies 245/6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 100, Johnson Charles 79; Ravindra Jadeja 2-39, Jasprit Bumrah 2-47) beat India 244/4 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 110*, Rohit Sharma 62, MS Dhoni 43*; Dwayne Bravo 2-37) by 1 run.

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Indian bowlers shine but rain plays spoilsport

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West Indies scored 102 runs lesser than their total from the first T20I

An afternoon downpour put paid to India's chances of obtaining the win that would see them sharing the Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday (August 28). Only two overs were possible in India's reply to what appeared an inadequate West Indies score of 143. India had reached 15/0, with Rohit Sharma (10) and Ajinkya Rahane (4) at the crease, when rain played spoilsport.

It began raining at about 12:45 PM Local Time and it poured down heavily for little more than fifteen minutes. That was enough for a number of puddles to form in the outfield. Although they seemed to disappear soon enough after the rains stopped, it was clear, as the umpires and players walked around inspecting the field that there were a few areas of concern.Not being a regular venue for big cricket, there was no Super Sopper to help the mopping up operations, and at about 2:00 PM the game was called off.

The morning sun shone more brightly than it did the previous day. And yet the game was delayed by 40 minutes due to technical issues. With rain in the forecast for the afternoon, it was valuable time wasted.

When play eventually got underway it soon became clear that the West Indies, put in to bat again by Dhoni, would not be finding things as favourable as they did the day before.

The surface still looked good for batting but there seemed to be a little more turn on offer and Ashwin and Mishra made sure they utilized it. The Indian seamers bowled better too, and didn't serve up the hit-me balls they did in the first game.

The result was fewer big hits, much fewer runs and a steady procession of batsmen returning to the pavilion, and the West Indies 143 all out in 19.4 overs.

There were no fireworks from Evin Lewis. Instead he fell in the fourth over, gloving an attempted hook off Mohammad Shami to short fine leg. Johnson Charles was again in fine form however, and kept the runs flowing. Early on he played and missed at a few deliveries from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but when he made proper contact, the ball always travelled a long way. When he reached 43 however, off 24 deliveries, he failed to middle Amit Mishra's first delivery and was caught at long on by Ajinkya Rahane.

Mishra came in the side for Stuart Binny and considering Charles's display yesterday, the leg spinner might have justified his selection with his very first delivery.

This was not the big-hitting West Indies of the previous day. Yesterday they were 132 for 1 at the half-way mark; today they reached 76 for 3. Six after six didn't sail to all parts of the Central Broward Regional Stadium as they did in the first game.

Marlon Samuels, was in at three, and Simmons, who came in next, failed to find any kind of fluency. Both were dismissed in quick succession. Simmons, when he lost his footing going down the wicket to a ball fired down the leg side from Ashwin, and Samuels, when he edged an attempted cut shot through to Dhoni. Five from 10 balls for Samuels and 19 at a run-a-ball from Simmons, emphasised the degree to which they struggled.

Andre Fletcher also failed to get going and Kieron Pollard's innings was all too brief for his team's liking. Soon it was Fletcher's turn to make his way back to the pavilion, this time bowled by a perfect Yorker from Bumrah to make the West Indies 98 for 6.

The procession remained steady throughout, with only the occasional big-hit giving the West Indies hope.

Andre Russell struck one six before he was caught by Kohli off Kumar for 13. Some resistance came from Brathwaite, who hit one six and two fours in 18, before he was bowled by Mishra. Bravo only managed three, Mishra hitting his stumps as well and Badree suffered the same fate attempting a big hit off Shami.

Rohit Sharma got India off to a positive start in the chase, launching a Russell delivery over the fence in the opening over. A seven-run over from Samuel Badree followed, before rain brought about a stoppage. The DLS par score after 5 overs was 28/0, which India were only 10 short of. But the players never returned, not even for three overs, which would have constituted a game.

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