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Rain does the batting for West Indies on the third day

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Rain at Leeds has batted the whole of the third day’s play for a struggling West Indies. The tourists have now lived yet another day because of the wash out. The match was looking to get over on the third day with West Indies already two down following on with a huge deficit. The ECB has to compensate all the ticket holders by a full refund because of no play at all.

On the second day’s play, England were put in a victorious position by a double century from Kevin Pietersen and an excellent swing bowling from left armer Ryan Sidebottom, who was making his English comeback after six years. Windies in the absence of their injured skipper were bowled out for a paltry 146 with the innings lasting only 37 overs. The entire West Indian first innings lasted just under three hours which has got plenty of time left in this test match even though the third day’s play has been abandoned.

In their second innings, West Indies have lost a key wicket of their acting skipper Daren Ganga, who is known to spend lot of time on the wicket. They have lost another wicket that of a useful lower order batsman Daren Powell, who was sent in as a night watchman. The tourists will be requiring Chris Gayle to come up with a big score. West Indies still trail by 402 runs with another 9 wickets left because Ramnaresh Sarwan will not be batting.

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