Rain plays spoilsport in India-West Indies ODI opener
Only 13 overs could be bowled in the first ODI between West Indies and India, after which the match was called off due to rain and wet outfield.
West Indies 54-1 (13.0 Overs)
The first ODI between India and West Indies did not get off to the anticipated start. Initially, the toss was delayed by a couple of hours due to persistent rain. The match was reduced to 43 overs per side.
After around six overs had been bowled, rain came down again and the match was curtailed to 40 overs per side. However, there were a few patches on the outfield which were wet because of which, the players had to go back inside the pavilion and the match was further reduced to 34 overs per side.
In the 13 overs of play possible, West Indies were very slow to start due to two reasons. One, the stop-starts did not allow the Men in Maroon to gain any momentum. Two, because of the consistent rain, there was some spice on the wicket.
Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Evin Lewis all impressed before rain washed out the first ODI between West Indies and India.#WIvIND REPORT ??https://t.co/l5Vebfl0gf pic.twitter.com/akDhFXD4fA— ICC (@ICC) August 9, 2019
The opening spell of both Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar was impressive. Completely out of character, Chris Gayle was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav for just four after facing 31 deliveries.
When the players went off the field for one last time, West Indies were 54-1 from 13 overs. There was a possibility of a 20 overs per side match after the rain had relented but it had already done substantial damage to the outfield for any play to happen further.
West Indies- Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
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