Cyclone cancels West Indies third ODI

Cricket with Dalchand Bissoon 

The third One-Day International between the West Indies and India was cancelled due to a dangerous cyclone that battered the port city of Visakhapatnam last Sunday, where the one-day game was to be played.

The host association was hopeful of staging the match if the weather improved, but the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) did not want to take any risk.

The West Indies team remained in Delhi after the second ODI and was scheduled to arrive in Dharamshala early this week for the fourth ODI carded for tomorrow at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Stadium.

The five-match series has been reduced to four games. With two games remaining, the series is level 1-1 after India won the second ODI by 48 runs last Saturday in Delhi.

Meanwhile, West Indies batsman Lendi Simmons, who was part of the Windies ODI squad on tour to India, has been ruled out of the ongoing tour due to a back injury. Simmons played in only one tour-match against India A, scoring 12 runs before he retired out and was not picked in the squad for the first two ODIs.

According to the WICB, Simmons will return home shortly and a replacement is expected to be named.

Sri Lanka A bests West Indies A

In other news, the West Indies A team was beaten by Sri Lanka A by 10 wickets in the first unofficial test at the International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota last Tuesday.

Sri Lanka A elected to bat first and scored 413 with opener FDM Karunaratne topscoring with 139. Shane Shillingford picked up five for 160.

West Indies in reply were all out for 160 with wicketkeeper CAK Walton scoring 50. S. Prasanna took six for 64. West Indies following on scored 285 with KA Edwards topscoring with 77.

The Sri Lankans who just needed 33 runs for victory scored 34 for no loss in 4.3 overs.

West Indies A will play two more unofficial tests and three unofficial ODIs.