West Indies vs India 1st ODI: Rain has final say in Trinidad

Bad weather led to the match being washed out

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Persistent rain in Trinidad saw the first ODI between the West Indies and India get washed out.

Being put in to bat first, India got off to a superb start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane amassed a 132-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

With India building a solid platform to build on, the West Indies were in dire need of a wicket, but it wasn’t until the 25th over that they finally made the breakthrough when Rahane was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph for 62, which came off 78 balls and included eight boundaries.

Rahane scored his 17th ODI fifty

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Dhawan went on to make 87 off 92 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo.

Dhawan made his 20th half-century in ODI cricket

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With Yuvraj Singh falling shortly after, India were beginning to wobble.

However, just as Mahendra Singh Dhoni had joined captain Virat Kohli at the crease, the rain came and the players had to go off.

Just under an hour later, the rain ceased and the players came back out. Unfortunately, it was only for nine balls before the bad weather returned.

There was a glimmer of hope that the match would restart at 4pm, which would have seen the West Indies chasing 194 to win off 26 overs, but in the end, the rain triumphed and the match was abandoned.

Kohli ended up finishing on 32 off 47 balls, which included one boundary, while Dhoni also hit a boundary during his unbeaten knock of nine.

Joseph, Bishoo and skipper Jason Holder claimed one wicket each.

With the series still tied at 0-0, both teams will look to gain the upper hand in the second ODI, which will be held in Trinidad on Sunday.

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