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Rain stops play in first ODI between India & WI

Providence: Rain stopped play in the first one-dayer between India and the West Indies after the home side scored 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs here on Thursday.

Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis were batting at 3 and 4 respectively when the rain came. Indian captain Virat Kohli had won the toss and put West Indies in after the match was reduced to 43-over-a-side affair due to rains. The wet outfield before the start of the match had forced the toss to be delayed.

Speaking at the toss, Kohli said: "We will bowl first. The top surface looks damp... it's a shortened game. The team batting second will have an advantage. We have left out (Yuzvendra) Chahal, (Navdeep) Saini, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey. We are looking at the new guys, giving them time to settle." Jason Holder said: "We would have bowled first as well. But this is an opportunity for our batsmen to get some runs. Need to execute our batting and bowling plans, we have spoken a lot about the team's future, need some batting partnerships and give ourselves some chance."

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