Rain plays spoilsport as Gayle misses history bid against India

PROVIDENCE, Guyana, Inclement weather forced the

abandonment of the first oneday international between the West Indies and

India at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday, after Chris Gayle was made

to wait for the hosts' ODI runscoring record.

Only 13 overs were bowled after the home side were put in to bat when India

captain Virat Kohli won the toss, with the West Indies reaching 54 for one

before rain drove them off the field.

Having already started two hours late because of morning showers, the

further rain interruptions during the brief innings ended any hopes of a

result and any lingering prospect of play was washed away by the latest

downpour in midafternoon.

Veteran opening batsman Gayle was the lone wicket to fall, being bowled by

leftarm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav for just four, leaving him nine runs

short of surpassing the tally of outstanding former batsman and captain Brian

Lara of 10,405 as the most by a West Indian in ODIs.

Gayle, who has reversed a decision to retire from the 50 oversperside

format of the game after the World Cup, occupied 31 deliveries before being

dismissed.

This is his 299th ODI, equalling Lara's record for the most by a West

Indian.

It therefore means that the 39yearold will establish a new ODI record for

West Indies appearances and also has the chance to surpass Lara's run tally

when the second match is played in Trinidad Lara's homeland on Sunday.

In contrast to Gayle's pedestrian innings, Evin Lewis was unbeaten on 40

off 36 deliveries (three sixes, two fours) in partnership with Shai Hope when

the match was called off.

It's probably the worst thing in cricket the stopstart game, observed

Kohli after the rain finally won the battle on the day.

The more stops you have the more you have to be careful on the field.

In speculating on the West Indies' chances of upsetting India in the

remaining ODIs, having already been swept 30 in the T20 series, West Indies

captain Jason Holder was succinct: We have to be consistent, in all

departments.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)