India must win the Fourth Test match against West Indies, a match that will stream live starting Thursday, in order to hold on to their coveted world Number One Test ranking — but youthful Captain Jason Holder and his Windies side will be determined to save face and avoid a whitewash in the series, trailing 2-0 heading into the final Test.
UPDATE: The skies opened up and forced play on Day One of the Fourth West Indies vs. India Test cricket match to cease after just 22 overs at Port of Spain on Thursday. In that short time, the hosts lost two wickets in Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo, who fell to Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin respectively.
If the rain clouds cooperate, Day Two will open with West Indies at 62 for two with Kraigg Braithwaite, on stand of 32 for 78 balls, and Marlon Samuels at the batting positions.
West Indies secured a gallant draw in the Second Test, hanging on to bat out the five days after India piled up 500 before declaring their first, and as it turned out, only innings closed.
The draw was the first at Sabina Park in Jamaica since 1998, after 15 consecutive Test matches at the storied cricket venue ended with a clear result.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) August 18, 2016
But India, winners of the First Test by an innings and 92, came back in the Third match for a bowling-dominated, albeit rain-shortened, 237-run victory in St. Lucia, behind a six-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Khumar as India bowlers dismissed West Indies for 108 all out on the fifth day.
Watch highlights of the weather-shortened Day One of the Fourth West Indies vs. India Test in the video below.
The Third Test triumph not only sealed the series for India, but after top-ranked Australia suffered a humiliating 3-0 sweep in Sri Lanka this month, vaulted India over both the Australians and arch-rival Pakistan to the top of the ICC world table.
Watch a preview of the Fourth West Indies vs. India Test Match from the OneIndia News network in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Fourth West Indies vs. India Test Match, try the video below, or see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Play gets underway starting at 10 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time at the iconic Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Thursday, August 18.
That start time is also 10 a.m. United States Eastern Daylight Time, 7 a.m. Pacific.
In the following video, India Test Captain Virat Kohli discusses what the world Number One Test cricket ranking means to his team, and how they expect to fare in the Fourth and final Test — a must-win to retain that prestigious spot.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2016
If India fall to the struggling West Indies squad in the match, a side ranked eighth in the world, ahead of only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on the 10-team table, Pakistan takes over the top spot, after splitting a four-Test series in England.
— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2016
But no West Indies batsman has averaged more than 40 so far in the series, while India has five with averages of 40 or more. At the same time, only two West Indies bowlers have surrendered an average below 40, while not a single India bowler is over that line.
Repeated rain showers, unfortunately, threaten to mar the Fourth West Indies vs. India Test cricket match, after the weather in the Caribbean wiped out a day’s worth of play in the Third Test and nearly four whole sessions of the Second.
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