Rain continued to play torment to India in Port of Spain, Trinidad as their second straight game at the venue was washed out.
In August last year, India endured a frustrating time as four days of the final Test match against hosts Windies was washed out due to an outfield that was rendered unplayable after rain.
There was, relatively, some more cricketing action when Virat Kohli’s ODI side faced off against Windies in the opener of the five-match series. However, the game was called off after 39.2 overs into the Indian innings with rain failing to relent.
During whatever play was possible, Windies opted to bowl first and were left chasing leather by Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. Dhawan (87) missed out on a ton, but continued his rich vein of form to pilot India to 199/3 in 39.2 overs before rain played havoc.
As a result of the rain, the home side were set a revised target of 194 runs off 26 overs on the basis of Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. However, the teams never got the chance to step out onto the field again.
With Rohit Sharma rested for the series, Rahane walked out to open alongside Dhawan and grabbed the opportunity with both hands to ensure a solid start with a well crafted fifty. Despite the slow start, Rahane did not show any signs of being out of touch on what appeared to be a two-paced track.
Dhawan, on the other hand, was his usual self; a couple of drives on the up, a back cut followed by a ramp helped him to get used to the conditions as the duo brought up the 100-run partnership in the 21st over.
Rahane looked good enough to notch up his third ODI ton but was dismissed by a slower one from Alzarri Joseph. Dhawan’s innings followed a similar script as he fell 13 short of his 11th ODI ton after being trapped in front by Devendra Bishoo.
The 31-year-old did refer the on-field call but got all three reds in return. Virat Kohli was a touch fidgety at the start and was hit on the gloves a couple of times. However, he was able to gauge the conditions quickly and keep the scorecard ticking over.
By the 30-over mark, India had reached 160/1, but Dhawan’s dismissal, just when he had started to open up, halted India’s progress a bit. Yuvraj Singh struggled for timing before finally departing for 4 off 14.
At that crucial juncture of the innings, the heavens opened up and the umpires decided to bring the covers on. The rain relented after a while and play resumed. Unfortunately, after nine more deliveries were bowled, rain returned to play spoilsport. That was all the play that was possible on the day.
Brief scores: India 199 for 3 in 39.2 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 87, Ajinkya Rahane 62; Jason Holder 1-34) vs Windies