Your first sentence is incorrect; your second is correct.
Can someone correct this please
I was playing basketball when it starts raining. Or
I was playing basketball when it started to rain.
It's grammatically incorrect, but quite a common way of relating personal experiences in spoken American English. I've heard it called the Historical Present Tense. Slate's Lexicon Valley did a nice podcast about it. I think this is a link: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcas...te_bronte.html
It brings the listener into a more intimate and immediate experience of a past event.
A lot of jokes are told in this way: "A guy walks into a bar..."
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