West Indies vs India, 1st Test
Antigua—Like Ishant Sharma in the first over of the second innings, Umesh Yadav struck in the first over of the fourth day but that remained the only damage India could inflict in a session truncated by rain. India lost 15 minutes to the weather, but they were left more frustrated by a contentious call to rule Marlon Samuels not out on a low catch at the wicket.
The replays – not enough in terms of angles or quality – didn’t return a verdict beyond reasonable doubt nor was there a soft signal made by the on-field umpires. So the benefit of that doubt went to Samuels, who went on to show glimpses of what makes him a frustrating batsman to watch in Tests: a superb stroke maker, with an average under 35. Rajendra Chandrika was more sedate, almost like Kraigg Brathwaite in the first innings, and survived 84 balls for 22 runs without any drama.
The day began with Darren Bravo repeating his first-innings dismissal, only this time he flirted with a short delivery angling away from him from over the wicket. Ajinkya Rahane took a splendid low catch at gully. Mohammed Shami could have struck in his first over of the day too.
Just like in the first innings when facing Shami, Samuels hung back and stuck his bat forward, getting a glove this time. Saha claimed the catch immediately, having dived low and to his left, but neither Aleem Dar at square leg or Ian Gould seemed to have seen enough to make a soft signal. Samuels’ bat obscured the front-on replay somewhat, and there was nothing else to go by. No zoomer was used. The third umpire erred on the side of caution as the replays remained inconclusive.—Agencies