India in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana
Date & Time: 08 August 2019
RR: 4.15 | Match Abandoned
So a disappointing end to the 1st ODI in Guyana. We now move to Trinidad for the 2nd and 3rd ODIs. The 2nd ODI is to be played on 11th August, 2019, i.e., Sunday. That game will begin at 0930 Local (1330 GMT). Make sure you join us for that one. Till then, cheers!
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli tells that it is the worst part of cricket when there are stop and start games. Tells that it is important to look after injuries as these stop and start games can cause a lot of them. Admits it would have been a risk to play on that surface after rain. On how the game has changed since the 2015 World Cup, Kohli feels it has come a long way. Gives example of World Champions, England who have changed the way they play cricket. Further adds that the game is developing and the guys are getting fitter and sharper in the field. On the remaining games, Kohli tells that few of the pitches will test you as some might have pace and bounce and some might be slower and different. Tells that is the specialty of Caribbean Islands as each venue offers a different challenge. Kohli feels the team that plays good and solid cricket will end up on the winning side.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that it is very frustrating not to have a full game. On the opening stand, Holder says they assessed the conditions well. Says it was important for them to get some time out in the middle. On being asked how they can defeat India and what are they looking for in this series, Holder tells his side is looking for consistency as they have disappointed in the recent tournaments.
Update 1512 Local (1912 GMT) - MATCH HAS BEEN ABANDONED! The thing we feared the most has happened. The rain caused trouble throughout the day and when it did not rain, the water that the rain gods left behind proved to be the thorn. In the end the combination of both was enough for the umpires to abandon this game.
Update 1505 Local (1905 GMT) - It continues to drizzle here in Guyana and if we are to have a 20-over game then it must resume by 1600 Local. It looks grim but let's pray that we do get the game.
Update 1440 Local (1840 GMT) - Our happiness is short lived as the rain has started once again.
Update 1430 Local (1830 GMT) - There is a good news. The rains have stopped and slowly the covers are coming off too.
Update 1355 Local (1755 GMT) - Not a news you would have wanted to hear. The rain is getting heavier and more covers are on the ground now.
Kuldeep with the ball now. Oh no! This is bad! It has started to rain again and the players are once again off the field. The covers are coming back on. This is the sight every cricket fan absolutely hates to see.
Khaleel is back on.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now. He replaces the young Khaleel Ahmed.
Shai Hope is the new man in.
Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack now.
Khaleel Ahmed is now into the attack.
Powerplay 2 is under way! Now 4 players can be placed outside the circle.
Okay this time, we will go slow. The umpires are out in the middle. The Indian players follow them out. Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle stride out to resume their innings. Gayle will be on strike and Shami will bowl out the remaining 2 balls of his 3rd over.
UPDATE 1306 Local - Good news!!! The game will resume at 1310 Local. The overs have now been further reduced. It is a 34-over game now.
We are hearing that there will be an inspection at 1300 Local.
This is commentator's curse now. We were all set, the players were out in the middle but the wet patches are taking their sweet time to set off and the players once again walk back to the pavilion.
We are back for the resumption. Gayle and Lewis walk back out to the middle to continue their innings. Shami to bowl the remaining 2 balls to finish the over. Another small delay as the groundstaff are clearing the wet patches.
Just a confirmation. It is now a 40-over game. With the Powerplay 1 now reduced to 8 overs. Powerplay 2 to be from over no. 9 to over no. 32 and the last 8 to be Powerplay 3.
Graeme Swann on air informs us that it is now a 40-over game and we will resume at 1220 Local (1620 GMT).
Update 1203 Local (1603 GMT) - Good news!!! Yippie, the rains have stopped and the dark clouds have moved away. We should resume soon now.
Oh no! Just what we did not want! The heavens have opened up again and the players are off the field and the groundsmen are out with the covers.
Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
After a long delay, we are all set to begin! The Indian players walk out to the middle. They are in a huddle before they take on their respective positions in the field. The returning, Chris Gayle walks out to the middle. Evin Lewis is the man partnering the Universe Boss. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings with the first new ball for India.
West Indies Playing XI - Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.
India Playing XI - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder admits that he would have looked to bowl first as well but he is now looking forward as batting first gives their batters a good chance to put some runs on the board . Holder admits the side have spoken about where they want to head as a team and says the batters need to give themselves more time in the middle and build partnerships out in the middle. Holder informs Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas and John Campbell are sitting out of this game.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says the surface looks damp and it is a reduced game and hence they are looking to bowl first as batting second will give them an advantage. On his playing XI, Kohli informs Saini, Chahal, Rahul and Manish Pandey are the ones missing out of this game. Tells there are new guys in the batting line up and he hopes that they can rise up to the occassion and deliver.
TOSS - After a long delay we are ready for the toss. West Indian skipper, Jason Holder has the coin in hand. Up it goes, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli calls Heads and it lands in his favour. INDIA OPT TO BOWL FIRST.
Done and dusted with the T20Is and we are all set for the 50-over format. This is the first game in ODIs for both the sides after their World Cup campaigns. India will be looking to put the demons of that semi-final loss against New Zealand behind and start afresh in the series. The hosts, on the other hand, will look to put their dismal World Cup campaign behind them and send a statement to the cricketing world by topping up a strong Indian lineup. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned to find out as the toss is not far away.
India Team Squad -Kedar Jadhav,Manish Pandey,Rohit Sharma,Shikhar Dhawan,Shreyas Iyer,Virat Kohli,Ravindra Jadeja,KL Rahul,Rishabh Pant,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Khaleel Ahmed,Kuldeep Yadav,Mohammed Shami,Navdeep Saini,Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies Team Squad -Evin Lewis,John Campbell,Shimron Hetmyer,Carlos Brathwaite,Chris Gayle,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Keemo Paul,Roston Chase,Nicholas Pooran,Shai Hope,Kemar Roach,Oshane Thomas,Sheldon Cottrell
UPDATE 1050 Local (14500 GMT) - Good news! The rain has cleared and the toss is scheduled at 1100 Local (1500 GMT). The game will begin at 1130 Local (1530 GMT). PREVIEW - After a drab T20I series, it is now time for the ODIs. Will it make any difference to the outcome? Only time will tell. For the home side, first up, there is a change in captaincy. Jason Holder takes over the reins (why does he not be the captain in all three formats?) from Carlos Brathwaite and that might just raise the drowned spirits within the camp. Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and Kemar Roach also come back into the squad and this might help their batting and bowling slightly. Talking about India, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami join their mates in the Caribbean. In spite of the big names in the West Indian squad, their opponents look favourites by a big margin. The bowling is up there, competing with the Indians but the batting is where the let-down has come. A couple of decent individual performances at the top might help them.