Bridgetown (Barbados): Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's perseverance and rain interruptions frustrated India as the West Indies crawled to 98 for 5 on the second day of the second cricket Test here.


Indian paceman Ishant Sharma struck twice in three balls to reduce the West Indies to 57 for five in the curtailed morning session after the hosts resumed at an uncomfortable 30 for three in reply to India's first innings total of 201 all out.

However, several rain interruptions and some sensible batting by Samuels (21) and Chanderpaul (20) gave India no chance to make further inroads into the hosts' batting line up.

The two batsmen added 41 runs for the unconquered sixth wicket and batted together for 19.3 overs on a day when only 25.3 overs of play was possible.

The tenor of the day was set early when a shower delayed its start by 45 minutes. There was another break of half an hour after lunch and the resumption lasted no more than eight-odd overs.

Heavy rains lashed Kensington Oval in the second session which forced the umpires to enforce early tea in the hope of squeezing as much play as possible in the final session.

That opportunity never arrived. Even though it stopped raining after a while, early tea was taken and players even came out in the final session.

It began raining almost immediately forcing players to go back to the pavilion. Thereafter it was poor light which never allowed the game to resume.

The most amount of play was possible in the morning session as West Indies retired for lunch at 82 for 5 from 29 overs.

Both the overnight batsmen, Ramnaresh Sarwan (18) and Devendra Bishoo (13), fell prey to Ishant's bounce with the paceman returning a spell of 6-2-23-2 in the morning.

Despite the precision and pace of Indian bowlers, both Sarwan and Bishoo stood their ground for the initial half an hour's play.
Sarwan survived a couple of shouts and Bishoo once edged Ishant between the third and fourth slip but importantly West Indies hadn't lost a wicket.

Bishoo's propensity to fiddle with every delivery outside off-stump made Mahendra Singh Dhoni strengthen the off-side field, once to the extent that he had all of his nine fielders manning the side of the stumps.

Bishoo finally perished when he was drawn to a rising delivery and Virat Kohli at gully caught the chance easily.

A delivery later Ishant struck again, this time Sarwan falling to a delivery which kept cruelly low and found him in front of his stumps.

Sarwan is now without a half century in his last 12 Test innings.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Abhinav Mukund, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Ian Gould (England).