West Indies were 54 for 1 in 13 overs after second rain interruption in a stop-start first one-dayer against India.
Opener Evin Lewis and Shai Hope were batting on 40 and 6 respectively at the rain break after Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat.
The other opener Chris Gayle was out in the 11th over after scoring 4 off 31 deliveries in an agonisingly slow knock. He had come into the match 12 runs short of Brian Lara's 10,405 ODI runs, the most by a West Indies batsman.
The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side even before a ball being bowled as the wet outfield due to rains had forced the toss to be delayed. The match began two hours later than the original 7pm IST start.
The first rain interruption was when the home side had scored 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs. The match was about to be resumed 30 minutes later but the wet area near the bowlers' run-up led to another delay of more than half an hour.
The Indian fielders and the two West Indies batsmen -- Gayle and Lewis -- came out to the ground but Kohli was seen having a discussion with the umpires.
Play did not start immediately as the umpires reckoned the ground staff need more time to get the ground ready. Kohli and some other Indian players were seen shaking their legs for a while, moving to the tunes of the DJ at the venue.
The players later walked off the field and the ground staff were seen spraying a lot of sawdust on the wet areas.
The umpires made another inspection and after more than an hour's interruption, the match resumed for a 34-over-a-side affair.
Gayle and Lewis picked up steam after the long interruption. Lewis hit Khaleel Ahmed for 15 runs with a six and two fours in the eighth over but the introduction of wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav put some brakes on the West Indians batsmen.
Kuldeep gave India the breakthrough as he dismissed dangerman Gayle who dragged the ball onto his stumps. Hope came in two overs later, but rains also came back to force the players to the dressing room once again.
Earlier, India did not take the DRS when Lewis looked plumbed in front of wicket in the fourth over off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Replays showed the ball would have gone on to hit the leg stump but India did not opt for a review. Lewis was on 1 then.
The umpires were prompt to halt the match and ground staff is working ahrd to cover the pitch. Looks like a light drizzle.
Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 2 0 | WI: 54/1
Khaleel continues, four runs off the over
Over Summary: 3 0 1 1 1 0 | WI: 50/1
Ravindra Jadeja replaces Khaleel, Lewis picks three runs off the first ball, singles follow
Over 11 Gayle falls
Over Summary: W 1 1 0 0 0 | WI: 44/1
OUT! Just as Gayle looks to hit Kuldeep, he gets an edge and first wicket falls for Windies!! Gayle score just 4 runs off 31 balls.
Over Summary: 0 0 6 1 0 1 | WI: 42/0
Khaleel into his second over, SIX!! Two dots and Lewis launches again, pulls Khaleel over deep mid-wicket
Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 | WI: 34/0
Kuldeep Yadav is brought in, Gayle is still calm even as Lewis has started to charge the bowlers,
Over Summary: 4 0 0 6 4 1 | WI: 33/0
Khaleel Ahmed replaces Mohammad Shami, he is greeted by a boundary by Lewis on a full-toss delivery towards leg stump, SIX! Lewis pulls the ball to square leg, FOUR!! Khaleel loses his line adn Lewis punished him again, this time with a buondary to long-on
Over Summary: 0 0 wd wd 6 1 0 | WI: 18/0
Bhuvneshwar continues, and bowls two wides in search of line, SIX!! First boundary of the match and it's out of the boundary rope, Leewis picks the ball and pulls it to dep square-leg
Players are on the field but the ground staff is still working to make it playable. Meanwhile, Kohli and Gayle are sharing a light moment
Match likely to resume shortly
The sun is up and unpires are inspecting the field. Lokks like we'll see the action soon.
Rain disrupts play
The rain has reduced but it looks more overs will be reduced from play
Over 6 Rain returns
Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 | WI: 9/0
Shami continues, and no fireworks from Windies, the credit goes to the bowling by Shami and Bhuvi, and the rain returns
Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 | WI: 8/0
Bhuvi keeps a strict line for Lewis as the batsman has no answer but to defend
Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 2lb 1 | WI: 7/0
Shami begins with a beautiful yorker to Gayle that almost had the batsman trapped, but he survived.Lewis escapes LBW but the overthrow by Jadhav fetch two runs for Windies,
Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 | WI: 3/0
Bhuvi continues, no reaction from Gayle off the first five balls, he picks single off the last.
Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 0 0 | WI: 2/0
Mohammad Shami into the attack from the other end, the ball stays low as Evin Lewis looks to hit, he gets a cut off the secodn due to ineven bounce from the pitch, Shami is keeping the ball wide to the left-handers
Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 | WI: 0/0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins the attack for India, Chris Gayle on strike, there is a slight movement on the ball, and Gayle looks in no hurry.It's a maiden over.
Match begins shortly
Playuers are on the field, match starts shortly
West Indies Playing 11
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 Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed
India win toss, decide to bowl
Toss at 8.30 PM IST
Toss at 8.30 PM IST. Play to start at 9.00 PM. It will be a 43 overs a side game.
Have always been in awe of Vivian Richards: Mohammad Kaif
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Wednesday shared a picture with West Indies' legend Vivian Richards, and said he has always been in awe of the cricketer.
Kaif posted the picture on Twitter and captioned the post as "With the king, the coolest of them all Sir @ivivianrichards! Have always been in awe of the great man, but having spent 2 days chatting with him, feels like we've known each other for years. What a Man, What a legend."
Sixty-seven-year-old Richards is still viewed as one of the best players in cricket. He was the vital cog in Windies' invincible lineup during the 1980s.
Richards had scored 8,540 runs in 121 Test matches and he managed to register 6,721 runs in the ODI format at an average of 47.
Kaif, renowned for his fielding skills, went on to play 125 ODIs for India in which he was able to score 2753 runs at an average of 32.01.
He also played 13 Test matches for the team, scoring 624 runs at an average of 32.84. His highest Test score was of 148 runs.
Earlier, the Indian skipper had also shared a picture with Richards, labelling the player as "the biggest boss".
Support from seniors, despite failures, helped: Rishabh
The lack of runs, at times, does "frustrate" Rishabh Pant, but unwavering support from his senior India teammates acts as confidence booster.
After two poor outings, young Pant came good under the guidance of skipper Virat Kohli as India comfortably beat West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 International to complete a 3-0 whitewash here on Tuesday.
"I felt nice about my innings. I was not able to score runs and was getting frustrated. But, I kept following my process and it fetched the desired results today," Pant told India vice-captain Rohit Sharma for BCCI.TV.
Chasing 147 on a slow deck, skipper Kohli anchored the innings to perfection with 59 off 45 balls while Pant was brilliant during his unbeaten 65 off 42 balls.
"There are various times that I get frustrated when I don't get the runs. Then I think what different things I could have done to perform. There are times when I take the right decision and even then I am not able to perform. It happens in cricket and is part and parcel of the game.
Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli, celebrate after scoring fifty against Windies
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (capt), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.
India vs West Indies first ODI preview
Riding high on confidence after clean sweeping the T20I series, Team India will look to take the form into the 50-over format when they take on West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Providence Stadium on Thursday.
India dominated the West Indies in the T20I series where they outclassed the opposition in all the three departments.
With Shikhar Dhawan back in the side, he will have the responsibility to give India a solid start alongside Rohit Sharma. K.L. Rahul, who opened the innings in World Cup alongside Rohit, is likely to go back to his number four slot with skipper Virat Kohli coming ahead of him.
A contest between Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer is likely to be seen for the remaining middle-order slot.
Iyer was not able to find a place in the three T20Is and it is highly possible that the team management may go ahead with him in the ODIs.
Another contest can be seen between Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for a spot of an all-rounder and a leg-spinner.
In the fast bowling department, Kohli might give rest to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who played all the three T20Is and can bring Mohammad Shami to bowl alongside Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed.
This ODI series will be India's first 50-over assignment after the World Cup debacle and the Men in Blue will fancy their chances against the West Indies side which will be strengthened by the inclusion of Chris Gayle in their squad.
Gayle during the World Cup had announced that the home series against India will be his last and thus Jason Holder will hope that the 39-year-old bids farewell to international cricket in grand style.
John Campbell, Roston Chase and all-rounder Keemo Paul have all been recalled to the 14-member squad for the ODIs.