West Indies were prevented from making much progress in the third Test against New Zealand as rain decimated much of the second day.
The hosts reached 169-2 before the weather intervened. Having looked comfortable, they were powerless in the face of torrential downpours in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The West Indians began the day on 32-0, 261 behind but with 10 wickets in hand and plenty of time for openers Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite to score big.
It was a difficult opening to the morning session, as New Zealand’s bowlers found some testing lines and lengths on a day that appeared to favor the quicker bowlers.
However, Gayle in particular was keen to hit himself out of trouble, and peppered the boundary consistently.
Brathwaite carried on in much the same vein, and before long the home side had passed 50 despite a couple of minor alarms.
With the score on 79, Gayle looked to loft Mark Craig out of the ground, but he could only pick out Hamish Rutherford at long-on and was caught for 42 from just 53 balls.
That brought Kirk Edwards to the crease with plenty of time left in the session, and he looked to continue the good scoring rate that Gayle had begun earlier in the morning.
|West Indies 1st Innings||New Zealand 1st Innings 293|
|C. Gayle||c Rutherford||b Craig||42||81||53|
|K. Brathwaite||c Southee||b Wagner||68||142||116|
|K. Edwards||Not Out||42||80||64|
|D. Bravo||Not Out||8||20||22|
|Extras||1nb 5w 1b 2lb||9|
Brathwaite passed his half-century and looked to press on, but with three overs left before lunch he perished to Neil Wagner.
With the opener on 68, Wagner bowled a wide one that Brathwaite could only chip to Tim Southee at short cover, leaving the hosts on 153-2.
Darren Bravo then came to the crease, and he managed to see the West Indians through to the interval alongside Edwards, who took lunch on 41 not out with his side 159-2.
After lunch, the players returned and West Indies added just 10 runs to their total before the rain began.
It was a frustrating development for the home side, who were on top and hoping that the recent rainless months in Barbados would continue to allow them to take a big lead.
The teams took tea with the rain still coming down and the score on 169-2, with seemingly little respite from the bad weather in sight.
The rain continued to pour down, and at 4:15 p.m. the umpires abandoned play for the day having lost more than three hours to the bad weather.
As such, play will start half an hour earlier tomorrow as the teams look to make up for lost time.