Heavy rains force the abandonment of 1st ODI

Only 39.2 overs had been bowled in the Indian innings when a steady shower took the players off the field. The rain did ebb away and a Duckworth-Lewis target of 194 runs in 26 overs had been set for the West Indies, but before the players could take the field, more rains arrived and persisted for an enough length of time for the 1st ODI to be called off. 

India had Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni batting in the middle, with the team score at 199/3. Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane put on 132 runs for the first wicket and had struck good half-centuries before the Mumbai batsman, in trying to accelerate the innings run-rate, was out for 62 (78), an innings punctuated by eight fours.

Dhawan carried on from where he left in the Champions Trophy 2017, stroking the ball nicely and being untroubled for the length of his innings. He seemed set for making his 11th ODI century. But he played around a flipper from Devendra Bishoo, missed the the line of the delivery completely and was trapped plumb in front of his stumps. The Delhi left-hander was out for 87 off 92 balls (8×4 and 2×6). Bishoo was the standout bowler for the home team, conceding just 39 runs in his 10 overs and taking the wicket of Dhawan.

Kohli played sedately before the rain intervals and had to negotiate a lengthy spell of short-pitch bowling from the West Indian seamers. The Indian captain and No. 3 didn’t look overly troubled, particularly with Jason Holder and co. operating in the high 120s and early 130s, but the West Indies seamers were quite successful in what they tried. They had kept Kohli on a tight leash and the Delhi right-hander managed to find the boundary just once in his 47-ball unbeaten innings of 32.


Playing XIs

West Indies: 1. Jason Holder (c), 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Kieran Powell, 4. Roston Chase, 5. Shai Hope (wk), 6. Jonathan Carter, 7. Jason Mohammed, 8. Miguel Cummins, 9. Alzarri Joseph, 10. Ashley Nurse, and 11. Devendra Bishoo

India: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Shikhar Dhawan, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. MS Dhoni (wk), 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Kuldeep Yadav (ODI debut), 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Umesh Yadav, and 11. Ravichandran Ashwin


India 199/3 (Dhawan 87, Rahane 62; Bishoo 1/39)

Indian innings (toss: West Indies, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ajinkya Rahane caught Holder, bowled Joseph 62 (78) 8 0 79.48
Shikhar Dhawan leg before wicket Bishoo 87 (92) 8 2 94.56
Virat Kohli not out 32 (47) 1 0 68.08
Yuvraj Singh caught Lewis, bowled Holder 4 (10) 0 0 40.00
MS Dhoni not out 9 (9) 1 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Umesh Yadav
Extras: 5 wides
India’s total: 199/3 in 39.2 overs, at 5.05 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 132/1 (Rahane, 24.6), 168/2 (Dhawan, 31.5) and 185/3 (Yuvraj, 36.3)
West Indies bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken  Economy rate
Jason Holder 8 0 34 1 4.25
Alzarri Joseph 8 0 53 1 6.62
Ashley Nurse 4 1 22 0 5.50
Miguel Cummins 8 0 46 0 5.75
Devendra Bishoo 10 0 39 1 3.90
Jonathan Carter 1.2 0 5 0 3.75
West Indies innings (target: 194 runs in 26 overs, at 7.46 runs per over)

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