That's it from our side. The 1st ODI of the Series end in no result (0-0). The 2nd rubber is to be played at the same venue on Sunday. Do join us for the game. For now it is time to sleep. Goodbye.
India vs West Indies 2017, Highlights and cricket result, 1st ODI in Port of Spain: Match called off due to rain
Catch the live score and updates of the 1st ODI between India and West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval at Port of Spain on Friday.
Windies XI: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins
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We could manage only 39.2 overs of play with India's scoreboard reading: 199 for the loss of 3 wickets. As the visitors were looking to launch in the final 10, the rains halted the game for the second and final time. Windies won the toss and like good hosts invited Virat's men to bat. Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a brilliant 132-run opening stand with both openers getting to their half centuries. Dhawan's carried his purple patch to the Caribbean shores but unfortunately missed out on his ton. He was trapped leg before wicket by Bishoo. Yuvraj struggled for his 4 off 10 before getting out and then the rain came and went and came again to finally give West Indies a target of 194 in 26 overs. Some play seemed possible until the clouds opened up again leaving the officials with no choice but to call off the match.
Latest updates: Bishoo bowls a tidy over, with singles to long on and cover, giving four runs away. Dhawan slowly moving to the three-figure mark.
Preview: Amid the off-field controversies over the exit of head coach Anil Kumble, ICC Champions Trophy runners-up India start as favourites in the first of the five-match ODI series against a lacklusture West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
On paper, the West Indies are currently no match for the Men in Blue, especially after Jason Holder's men were held by callow Afghanistan to a 1-1 draw in the brief one-day international (ODI) rubber earlier this month.
Compared to the visitors, who can boast of a collective total of 776 matches among the trio of Yuvraj Singh (301), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (291) and Virat Kohli (184), the West Indies have a cumulative ODI experience of 213 matches between 13 players, skipper Holder being the most-capped player among them with 58 matches to his name.
For India, this series is also an ideal platform to test the team's bench strength. With Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah from the Champions Trophy squad absent on the tour, Kohli will be tempted to play Ajinkya Rahane at the top besides giving Mohammed Shami a chance in place of Bumrah.
Shami has not played any official ODI since the 2015 World Cup semi-final, after which he had multiple surgeries and only played a few Test matches.
In the batting order, Kohli may induct the hard-hitting Rishabh Pant, the new addition to the squad, while Dinesh Karthik may get a few games if Yuvraj or Kedar Jadhav are rested.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is likely to get his chance in place of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom were unimpressive during the Champions Trophy.
On the other hand, the hosts will bank on their pace battery led by Holder and comprising Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel, Rovman Powell, and spinners Ashley Nurse and Roston Chase.
The No 9 ranked side will also expect their top order batsmen containing the likes of Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope to fire, if they are to pose any threat to the No.3-ranked visitors.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Mohammed, Kieran Powell, Kesrick Williams, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Shai Hope (WK), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell.
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