The first ODI between India and West Indies had to be abandoned after rains started pouring during the Indian innings. Put into bat first, India started strongly with Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane knitting a 132-run partnership to help India reach 199-3 before rains interrupted play.
West Indies won the toss and chose to field according to the general consensus that predicted the pitch to be more favourable for the bowlers in the first half. Ajinkya Rahane made his way back to the team replacing Rohit Sharma while Kuldeep Yadav made his ODI debut as he was chosen over Ravindra Jadeja.
Dhawan-Rahane opening stand sets the tone for India
Ajinkya Rahane was brought into the side to fill in the boots of a successful Rohit Sharma while Shikhar Dhawan looked to carry the Champion’s Trophy momentum to the game. Dhawan started his innings on a good note while Rahane took his time to set his eye in the game. The duo complemented each other brilliantly as the left-hander’s timely boundaries took pressure off Rahane who then accelerated his innings. West Indies were struggling to get wickets and also choke the batsmen for runs who kept scoring above 4.5
India look to get past 300 before rains interrupt play
Dhawan paced the Indian innings scoring majority of the runs which helped Virat Kohli take his time to settle on the crease. But the Indian southpaw’s honeymoon came to an end by a Devendra Bishoo slider that caught him plumb in front of the stumps at 87. Kohli then took charge and kept the scoreboard ticking with easy singles and doubles. Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, was looking to spend some time on the crease and defended most of his deliveries. Yuvraj became the first Indian to score 500 runs against West Indies when he scored his second run. However, the Punjab batsman squandered his wicket by hitting a Jason Holder delivery straight into the hands Evin Lewis at mid-wicket. Shortly after Yuvraj’s dismissal, rains stopped play when India seemed to be heading towards the 300-run mark at 199-3 in 39.2 overs.
Jason Holder or Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Who will take more wickets?
Since start of 2014, Holder has taken 59 wickets at an avg of 34 while Kumar has taken just 38 wickets at an avg of 43. Kumar picked 3 wickets last time he played vs WI at this ground.
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