Sports Desk: Rain played spoilsport from start to an early finish in the first ODI between West Indies and India with the umpires finally deciding to call the match off after 13 overs in the first innings, bringing an end to the players and fans' agony in Guyana on Thursday.
Rain had delayed the toss for nearly two hours and when it finally did happen, India captain Virat Kohli had no hesitation in opting to bowl first against the Windies with the match being reduced to 43-overs-per side.
West Indies reached 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs when the rain came down hard once again. The interruption caused more overs to be reduced.
Multiple inspections later it was decided to reduce the game to 40 overs-per-side.
The players came back on the field once the sun came out but waited for the ground staff to complete their job as a damp outfield further delayed the resumption.
The players went back into their respective dressing rooms and then came back out again after a lengthy delay with the match being further reduced to 34 overs-per-side.
Kuldeep Yadav managed to pick up the wicket of Chris Gayle for 4 soon after the resumption in the 11th over even as Evin Lewis started upping the ante from the other end.
But the game lasted just a few more minutes as rain once again stopped play at the Providence stadium.
The second interruption after the match started came after the 13th over with West Indies reaching 54 for 1 with Evin Lewis (40 not out) and Shai Hope (6 not out) at the crease.
All this while the outfield kept deteriorating with damp patches forming on the ground. The groundstaff covered them with sawdust but it was barely helping matters.
The umpires and officials finally had enough of the hide-n-seek between rain and the sun. Finally they decided to call off the match without a result.
The two teams will now move to Port of Spain for the second match of the three-ODI series which will be played on August 11.
risingbd/Aug 9, 2019/Mukul