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Gayle falls short in summit Lara

CALLED OFF

That's that from Guyana then. The first ODI in Guyana has been called off due to rain and wet outfield. The two teams will now move to Port-of-Spain in Trinidad for the second game on Sunday.

More rain...

Yes, unfortunately.

Rain falls after Gayle falls...

Yes, it is that again. The sight of men hurrying onto the field with big blue covers. Stay tuned for more...

The covers are off now. But the real work for the groundsmen begins now...

Kuldeep Yadav strikes!

Gayle can't bat his way out so he tried to slog! The Kuldeep delivery was too full to swipe it across the line, and an inside edge took out a bail. He walks back for a 31-ball 4 and Lara holds onto top spot... for now. WI - 44 for 1.

Gayle still slow but Lewis gets a move on....

He went after Khaleel Ahmed's first over - smashing him for two fours and a six in a 15-run over. Gayle meanwhile had to deal with chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, and he somehow survived the over.

Resumption at last...

And this time it is a 34-overs-a-side affair! The players are actually out this time and have started. The delay last time was this lengthy because of the fact that this ground doesn't have super soppers.

Revised playing conditions

Restart at 12:20 local time and it will be a 40-over game now then. There are some damp spots on the outfield and the umpires look concerned. They have a sponge carpet brought out to try and dry them out.

Players were about to resume play, they even ventured out to the ground but they had to be sent back in because of wet spots on the outfield.

Unreal from Guyana!

So it was absolute pelting down only a few moments ago, but suddenly the sun's out, the covers are gone and the umpire's are out inspecting the ground.

While we wait for resumption, here's an interesting match-up...

Aaaaand the rain is back...

It's pouring this time. LOOOOONNNNG night ahead folks.

Low, slow... and grim viewing so far...

Chris Gayle's LARA MISSION is not going to take off too easily here. The ball is stopping on the pitch (which Gayle hates) and Shami and Bhuvneshwar are frustrating him further by not pitching the ball up for him to swing across the line.

India also missed out on an opportunity to add to the wickets column when an LBW decision against Evin Lewis wasn't reviewed by the bowling side. That was probably because Shami bowled from around the stumps, but replays showed the ball would struck the leg stump. West Indies have 8 for 0 in 5 overs and Gayle's on 3 off 18 balls (no kidding!)

Chris Gayle watch...

He's 11 away from surpassing Brian Lara to become the leading run-getter for West Indies in the 50-over format. Can he get it today?

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere : Hashim Amla has announced his international retirement! Here's more on that...

TEAM NEWS:

West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed

TOSS: India opt to bowl in 43-overs-a-side affair

Update

The sun's out...

Rain has stopped here, but the covers are still on. Not long before we start losing overs though...

The frustrating rain game...

It's stopped, it hasn't, oh it has, dang, it's back! That's what's happening in Guyana right now. So stay tuned...

Stock up on some popcorn or maybe alternate plans - it's raining in Guyana and the toss is delayed!

As we wait, you could read our Preview, which describes this ODI series right after the World Cup, as an offering of a cold like an offering of a cold sandwich out of a vending machine with soggy fillings.

Prelude - India, West Indies, ODI and context

You can only put three of those four words together to make a coherent sentence right now. For there is no real context to the 50-over contest that kicks off the three-match ODI series today. You could still spin it around saying they can begin Mission 2023, but even that has been quashed by Virat Kohli - saying it is too early to look that far. So what really does this series hold, interspersed between the two formats that actually are relevant now - the T20Is were key considering there's a T20 WC to be played next year while the two-Test series will be India's first in the Test Championship.

But that said, in the absence of a grand picture to this series, there could still be sub-plots worth looking forward to...

What to expect...

It's 2019 and India's No.4 issue still remains that. But at least now there won't be as much spotlight on it, since there's no big 50-over tournament coming up. And yet it'll be interesting to see what happens at two-drop for India - KL Rahul goes back there? Manish Pandey or Shreyas gets a second chance?

Also to note will be Kedar Jadhav's future. He's 34, injury prone and wasn't a very active part of the side during the World Cup. It's a bit of a surprise then that he's part of this squad. Interesting to see in which direction his future heads.

For West Indies, there's Chris Gayle. He did a retirement U-turn and now nobody knows for how long he intends to play on. As far as statisticians are concerned, there's great interest in his call - he's 11 short of becoming the leading run-getter for West Indies in the 50-over format, surpassing the great Brian Lara.

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