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'Probably worst part of cricket,' says Kohli after 1st India vs West Indies ODI match called off

India's captain Virat Kohli. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 09, 2019, 12.05 PM (IST)

The first One-day International match between India and West Indies was abandoned due to inclement weather on Thursday at Guyana's Providence Stadium. 

Earlier due to rain, the match was curtailed to 43-over per side as it was delayed due to bad weather. 

After 5.4 overs, the rain came again and the game was further reduced to 40 overs per side. 

After inspection, the umpires, who were not happy with the wet outfield, delayed the match against and curtailed it further to 34-over per side. 

When Windies were at 54/1 in 13 overs, the rain came down again and the match had to stop and eventually called off. 

After India won the toss and decided to bowl first, Bhuvneshwar Kumar launched the bowling attack and Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle opened the West Indies' innings. 

"It's probably the worst part of cricket, a stop-start is never a good feeling. Either it should rain out or play the full game," said Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the match was abandoned. 

"The more stops you have, the more you want to be careful to ensure that the players don't injure themselves," Kohli further added. 

Windies's skipper Jason Holder looked unhappy after the match was called off, he said, "Obviously a disappointing day with the weather. Our openers assessed it really well, some balls were stopping and coming on a tacky pitch."

"Hopefully, the weather stays good and we get to play some cricket. But we need to stay consistent and if we can get that, it can bring in good habits for people," Holder added. 

India had defeated West Indies 3-0 in the three-match T20I series. The second ODI of the three-match series is on Sunday, August 11 in Trinidad.