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Rain and bad light stall India's reply on day 2

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 at 1152 hrs IST
      

Dominica: Harbhajan Singh achieved his 400th Test wicket while Ishant Sharma grabbed a five-for as India bundled out West Indies for 204 before rain and bad light stalled the visitors' reply on day 2 of the third and final match in Dominica.

At stumps on Thursday, India were eight for no loss, with Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay batting on six and one, respectively. India trail by 196 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the first innings.

Only 49.2 overs were bowled on the second day, leading to a loss of a total of 97 overs in the last two days.

Even as the officials seemed optimistic despite a sharp shower interrupting play in the post-tea session, the light was deemed too poor for umpires to resume play.

The poor weather apart, the facilities at the Windsor Park could be termed primitive as carts were used to scoop the water from the covers.

The drainage facility is quite good but it proved to be of little use as water from cover-sheets took a long time to be removed.

Earlier, Harbhajan became the third Indian and 11th overall to reach the 400-wicket landmark, while Ishant continued from where he had left off on day 1, as the duo hastened the West Indies' collapse.

Just as the West Indian innings folded up, a slight drizzle again brought the covers on, and an early tea was taken.

West Indies were in the middle of a revival of sorts when the Harbhajan claimed two quick wickets.

Though Harbhajan achieved a milestone, the wrecker in chief was once again Ishant, who claimed five for 77 in yet another inspirational display of fast bowling.

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