India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Match called off due to rain

The three-match ODI series between India and the West Indies had its first washout after the one-day international fixture at Providence Stadium in Guyana was called off due to rain and wet outfield.

Multiple rain delays forced the match to be called off.   -  ap

The three-match ODI series between India and the West Indies had its first washout after the one-day international fixture at Providence Stadium in Guyana was called off due to rain and wet outfield.

West Indies was 54 for 1 in 13 overs after second rain interruption in a stop-start first one-dayer against India, which was reduced to 34-over-a-side match, here on Thursday.

Opener Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were batting on 40 and 6 respectively at the rain break after Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat.

The other opener Chris Gayle was out in the 11th over after scoring 4 off 31 deliveries in an agonisingly slow knock. He had come into the match 12 runs short of Brian Lara’s 10,405 ODI runs, the most by a West Indies batsman.

The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side even before a ball was bowled with wet outfield delaying the toss. The match began two hours later than the original 7 pm IST start.

The first rain interruption was when the home side had scored 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs. The match was about to be resumed 30 minutes later but the wet area near the bowlers’ run-up led to another delay of more than half an hour.

The second ODI will be played on Sunday in Port of Spain.