Guyana: The first ODI between West Indies and India in Providence was called off by the umpires due to a wet outfield in Guyana on Thursday.
After a five-and-a-half-hour period where only 13 overs were bowled, the match was abandoned.
The match was reduced to a 34-over per side game after the first rain interval but the officials called off the match after the second rain break. The West Indies lost just one wicket of Chris Gayle who played a slow inning of four runs off 31 deliveries.
In that period, Chris Gayle played his slowest-ever ODI innings (minimum 25 balls), scoring only four singles in 31 deliveries. At the opposite end, Evin Lewis ensured there was something for the home fans to cheer, blitzing an unbeaten 36-ball 40 that included three shovelled pulls over deep midwicket.
The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side even before a ball being bowled as the wet outfield due to rains had forced the toss to be delayed. The match began two hours later than the original 7 pm IST start.
When play started though, following Virat Kohli’s decision to field first, it seemed to be a bright day but with rain scheduled towards the afternoon, it was not long before the first interruption happened.
The home side had scored 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs at the first rain break. Over an hour later, the players returned to the middle. Rain returned two overs later, and the umpires called off the game.
The second ODI will be played in Port of Spain on Sunday.