A start-stop first ODI between West Indies and India at Guyana ended with a no-result after rain and wet outfield played spoilsport. Only 13 overs of play was possible, after India won the toss and opted to bowl first.
The fact that rain would play a huge part in the game was certain after the start was delayed by 90 minutes. When play ultimately began, it was a 43-over a side game. Chris Gayle, who needed just 11 runs more to become the leading ODI run scorer for his nation, beating Brian Lara’s record, was unable to, as the sticky surface made batting difficult. The slow nature of the track meant that the ball stopped and did not come on to the bat as easily. As a result, Gayle’s wild hits were unsuccessful, and he could manage only 4 in 31 balls. At the other end, Evin Lewis got the team to 9 runs in 5.4 overs when rain suddenly halted play.
But the rain break lasted for only five minutes, but the pitch could not be dried on time due to the lack of super soppers. The game was initially reduced to 43 overs, but as the players were making their way out, the wet outfield halted play once again.
This time the match was reduced to 34 overs a side, as Gayle continued his attempt to overhaul Lara’s record. However, he was constantly struggling against the turn that Kuldeep Yadav extracted, and was eventually dismissed by him as a full ball from him was hit onto the stumps. However. Lewis, at the other end, found some fluency as he rode his way to a 36-ball 40.
West Indies reached 54 for 1 in 13 overs, when the rain came down again – and this time the match could not be resumed. The next ODI will be played on August 11 at Port of Spain.
Brief Scores: West Indies 54/1 in 13 overs. Match abandoned