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Can Windies take a series lead against all odds?

Rain wins

The five hour wait is over. The hopes have been dashed. There was hope for a 30-over contest but the rain returned to spoil the party. The series is tied 1-1 with the fourth ODI scheduled to be played on 27th.

Rain, rain and more rain...

So the game got reduced to 45 overs a side first, then 42, then even came down to 30 after such a long wait. But then, the rain continues to play spoilsport.

The covers on-off game continues...

It's been taken off now...

Further overs lost...

The game is down to 42-overs-a-side now. And it'll stay that way if it actually starts in the next 15 minutes. Don't hold your breath...

Overs lost!

The sun is out (yes, again!) and, unless there's more rain along the way, play should start very soon with 45-overs-a-side.

More rain!

I feel like a weatherman at this point, as I bring you the (bad) news of more rain.

Raining? Or not?

There was more rain after the toss but just a drizzle. A nagging drizzle though. That, reportedly, has stopped now. Make what you want of this information!

Some team news coming in... Ben Stokes misses out and in comes Alex Hales!

Team News:

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood

Windies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

Also it is going to be a full 50-over game despite the time lost.

And the covers are off...

Good news? It seems so. The sun is out too so the ground should dry out pretty so. Or so we hope...

UPDATE: It appears to be drizzling now. The covers are still on. There's also gloomy skies. And the stadium doesn't have floodlights. We're in for a looooong night, folks!

News coming in from Grenada is that toss has been delayed due to some overnight rain. But the good news is that the sun is out at the moment. The waiting game is on...

In what can only be described as a massive shot in the arm, Windies will have Andre Russell back from the next ODI. They'd be itching to take a lead today and put out an even stronger side from the next game on.

Prelude - Can Windies ruffle more feathers?

It's almost time for the World Cup and you'd think the top contenders - also the No.1 side in the World - would pocket the five-match series against the ninth-placed side and boost their egos going into a home event. But, no.. England aren't up for such simple things in life. They chased down 360 in the first ODI and then caved in chase of 268. Suddenly, the home team brigade who would've liked to believe at least this trophy 'is coming home' have a few doubts. Windies have well and truly ruffled some feathers.

England may or may not spend sleepless nights thinking about their Test team's performances in West Indies, but they absolutely will not take such setbacks in the most crucial format of the game for them at the moment.

Windies' approach to cricket seems all fun again. Chris Gayle, though a lot more immobile than he was the last time he played for the country, is continuing to whack it out of the park and they have one of the most exciting young batsmen - Shimron Hetmyer - doing a lot of that too. Windies turned England over in the second ODI with one excellent team change - bringing in Sheldon Cottrell - and the soldier might be a big hindrance again. How do England deal with him now? Vithushan Ehantharajah wonders the same in this preview.

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