The first ODI between India and West Indies was called off after multiple rain delays in Guyana on Thursday (August 8). West Indies were 54/1 in 13 overs when the umpires abandoned the match after Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Opener Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were unbeaten on 40 and 6 respectively when the game was called off. Get highlights of West Indies vs India, 1st ODI here (SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)
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Jason Holder (Windies captain): "I thought the openers assessed the pitch well. The ball was stopping a bit. It was good that they could spend some time in the middle. [On how West Indies can beat India] We have to be consistent, in all departments."
Virat Kohli (India captain): "It's probably the worst thing in cricket - the stop-start game. The more stops you have, the more you have to be carefully about injuries on the field. A few of the pitches can really test you. [On challenges in the West Indies] A few pitches might have good pace and bounce, while others can be a bit slower and difficult. So you have to assess them and play accordingly."
00:43 hrs IST: MATCH ABANDONED. 13 overs is all we had today. The next two ODIs will be played in Trinidad on August 11 and 14.
00:38 hrs IST: It's still raining in Guyana. Doesn't look good at all.
THE RAIN IS BACK. Oh it's pretty heavy.
23:51 hrs IST: The rain has stopped. The covers are coming off.
It has started to rain once again. The groundstaff are back with the covers.
23:12 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish it off. Very good over from Khaleel, just four off it. West Indies are 54/1 after 13 overs. Lewis 40*, Hope 6*
23:09 hrs IST: Decent over from Jadeja, six off it. West Indies are 50/1 after 12 overs. Lewis 39*, Hope 3*. Khaleel comes back into the attack.
23:05 hrs IST: OUT! Fuller delivery from Kuldeep, Gayle looks to hit it over the leg side but gets a thick inside edge straight onto the stumps. The former Windies captain never got going 4(31). Shai Hope comes to the crease. West Indies are 44/1 after 11 overs. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
23:01 hrs IST: SIX! Another short delivery from Khaleel, Lewis gets inside the line and smacks another pull over midwicket. Shot! West Indies are 42/0 after 10 overs. Lewis 34*, Gayle 4*
22:55 hrs IST: Nice and tidy over from Kuldeep, only one off it. West Indies are 34/0 after 9 overs. Lewis 27*, Gayle 3*
22:52 hrs IST: SIX! Touch short from Khaleel, Lewis, once again, pulls over square leg for a sixer. Costly over from the Indian, 15 off it. West Indies are 33/0 after 8 overs. Lewis 26*, Gayle 3*. Some spin now. Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack.
22:47 hrs IST: SIX! Short ball from Bhuvi, Lewis gets into position early and pulls it over square leg for a maximum. First boundary of the day. West Indies are 18/0 after 7 overs. Lewis 11*, Gayle 3*. Khaleel Ahmed comes into the attack.
22:42 hrs IST: Only one run off that "very long" Shami over. West Indies are 9/0 after 6 overs. Lewis 4*, Gayle 3*. Bhuvi again
22:37 hrs IST: We will start play at 22:40 IST, and it will be a 34-over game.
22:31 hrs IST: The umpires are out for another inspection. We should have an update soon.
22:21 hrs IST: We will have another inspection at 22:30 IST with a possible restart at 22:40.
Still no official word yet.
22:05 hrs IST: There will be an inspection at 22:15 IST. The groundstaff have applied plenty of sawdust over the damp areas.
21:58 hrs IST: The umpires are not satisfied with the ground conditions and the players are walking back. We will lose more overs.
21:51 hrs IST: Some damp spots on the outfield and the umpires look a bit concerned.
21:44 hrs IST: We have an official confirmation. Restart at 21:50 IST. It will be a 40-over game.
21:34 hrs IST: The rain has stopped, the covers are coming off.
21:31 hrs IST: It's pouring! The sun is also out though. Stay tuned for live updates!
IT HAS STARTED TO RAIN ONCE AGAIN
21:21 hrs IST: Bhuvi continues to keep things tight. West Indies are 8/0 after 5 overs. Gayle 3*, Lewis 3*. Shami to continue.
21:17 hrs IST: Shout for LBW but India opt to not review it. Looked close though. A couple of overthrows. Solid over from Shami, four off it (two were leg byes). West Indies are 7/0 after 4 overs. Gayle 3*, Lewis 2*
21:12 hrs IST: Gayle pushes a length ball to short mid-off for a sharp single. Another great over from Bhuvi, only one run off it. West Indies are 3/0 after 3 overs. Gayle 2*, Lewis 1*
21:08 hrs IST: Both Lewis and Gayle off the mark with a single each towards third man. Fine over from Shami. No margin for error. West Indies are 2/0 after 2 overs.
21:04 hrs IST: Magnificent start from Bhuvi. Straightaway some shape for him. It's a maiden! West Indies are 0/0 after the first over. Mohammed Shami comes into the attack.
21:01 hrs IST: Time for live action, finally. Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle to open. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the attack.
Meanwhile, Hashim Amla has retired from international cricket. In 349 international games, Amla aggregated 18,672 runs including 55 centuries.
20:38 hrs IST: Playing XIs
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
20:32 hrs IST: India have won the toss and have opted to field
20:20 hrs IST: Toss will be at 20:30 IST with the game starting at 21:00. The match has been reduced to 43 overs each.
20:02 hrs IST: The sun is out again now. The rain has stopped but the covers are still on.
19:46 hrs IST: It has started to drizzle again. The pitch is back under covers.
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19:01 hrs IST: The situation looks better now. The rain has stopped and the sun is almost out. The groundstaff are getting on with their work. We'll keep you posted!
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have lost their central contracts for the 2019-20 international season.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the list of centrally contracted players has been reduced from 33 to 19.
THE TOSS HAS BEEN DELAYED!
18:20 hrs IST: Raining heavily at the moment in Guyana. Looks like the toss will be delayed. The covers are firmly in place. Stay tuned for further updates!
DID YOU KNOW? Chris Gayle (10,338) needs 11 runs to go past Brian Lara (10,348) as West Indies' leading run-scorer in ODI history.
STAT ATTACK - The Windies haven't won a bilateral ODI series since August 2014. Also, they haven't beaten India in their last eight series against them.
17:40 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Outlook's live coverage of the first of three ODIs between West Indies and India.
Shikhar Dhawan returns to the ODI squad after missing most of the 2019 World Cup due to a thumb injury.
With 17 centuries in 130 ODIs, Dhawan is expected to take his place at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul, who replaced Dhawan as an opener during the showpiece event, is likely to go back to being the No. 4 batsman.
With Kedar Jadhav expected to come in at No. 5 or 6 depending on how Rishabh Pant is used as a floater, it will be a toss-up between Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer for the remaining middle-order slots.
Mohammed Shami, after being rested for the T20 series, is set to share the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar with Jasprit Bumrah being given a break. Navdeep Saini, who took three wickets in his T20 debut against the Windies and was also named the Player of the Match, could play his first ODI.
The Windies, on the other hand, will hope the return of Chris Gayle bolsters them.
Opener John Campbell and all-rounders Roston Chase and Keemo Paul have all been recalled to the 14-member squad for the three-match series.