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India produced a strong all-round performance to thrash West Indies by 105 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Queen's Park Oval Stadium on Sunday. The match had to be reduced to 43 overs a side after a long spell of rain forced the start to be delayed.

Asked to bat first, a century by opener Ajinkya Rahane and half-centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan helped India post a challenging total of 310/5.  In reply, the hosts could only manage 205/6 in their allotted 43 overs.

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The first One-Day International (ODI) match between India and West Indies here on Friday was called off due to incessant rain. Put in to bat, India were 199/3 in 39.2 overs before rain played the spoilsport.

After the continuous rain, the match officials gave West Indies a revised target of 194 in 26 overs through Duckworth-lewis method but after a long wait, umpires decided to call-off the match due to heavy downpour and wet outfield.

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Amid the off-field controversies over the exit of head coach Anil Kumble, ICC Champions Trophy runners-up India start as favourites in the first of the five-match ODI series against a lacklusture West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval on Friday.

On paper, the West Indies are currently no match for the men-in-blue, specially after Jason Holder's men were held by callow Afghanistan to a 1-1 draw in the brief One-day International (ODI) rubber earlier this month.

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Promising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav are the two new additions to the India side, replacing Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah for the limited overs tour to the West Indies later this month.

The senior selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which met on Thursday, also announced the same administrative staff under head coach Anil Kumble.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday named the 15-man, Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s squad that will take on 2016 ICC U19 World Cup winners, West Indies in a five-match, Youth One-Day International (ODI) series from 09 to 19 July 2017 in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Raynard van Tonder, who was named as the new team captain, will have nine new caps to lead, including Thando Ntini, son of former Proteas fast bowler, Makhaya. The remaining six boasts players who were part of the team that beat Sri Lanka in an ODI series in January of this year, including experienced campaigner Wandile Makwetu, who is the most capped player in the side, having made his debut at the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh.

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have now finalised the schedule for India’s four-week tour of the Caribbean that include five One-Day-Internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20 International (IT20) match from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, July 10.

The series is scheduled to start in the twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago and end in Jamaica. 

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West Indies fell to a 101-run defeat with six balls remaining to concede the decisive third and final Test of the series and hand Pakistan an historic first series victory on Caribbean soil.

A memorable, unbeaten third Test hundred of 101 from Chase almost staved off defeat before West Indies were dismissed 202 in their second innings about an hour past the regularly scheduled close on the final day of the contest at Windsor Park.

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