Indian bowlers made their mark in the 5th and final ODI of the series restricting West Indies to their all-time lowest ODI total against India – 104 all out in 31.5 overs. Then, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli finished the chase with ease. Such an anti-climax to West Indies ODI campaign in the ongoing tour of India after putting on a great display in the first three ODIs.
Having opted to bat first in the 5th ODI, West Indies lost their two top order batsmen each for a duck with just 2 runs on the board. Though Marlon Samuels looked to launch a counter attack on the Indian bowlers, he was completely undone by a slow rising delivery from Jadeja. With only three of their batsmen reaching double figures, Windies collapsed to just 104.
Ravindra Jadeja bagged four wickets while Bumrah and Khaleel picked up two wickets each. Bhuvi and Kuldeep picked up a wicket each to complete the riot in Thiruvananthapuram! Chasing a low score, Rohit Sharma (63* off 56) and Virat Kohli (33* off 29) helped India win with 9 wickets in hand and 35.1 overs (211 deliveries) to spare.
On a lighter note, Windies with their poor batting ensured that Kohli cannot score a century in the fifth ODI while Rohit Sharma with his mighty blows into the stands ensured that Kohli will not even get to his half century!
India won the 1st ODI of this five match series in Guwahati while the 2nd ODI in Vizag resulted in a dramatic tie. However, West Indies made a dream comeback in Pune to win the 3rd ODI and level the series. India then went on to register thumping wins against West Indies in the remaining two ODIs to win the five match series 3-1.
Both these teams will now meet in a 3-match T20I series starting from November 04 at the Eden Gardens. The other two T20I games of the series will be played in Lucknow (Nov 06) and in Chennai (Nov 11).
Ready for the party:
India – 105/1 in 14.5 overs (Rohit Sharma – 63*, Virat Kohli – 33*) beat West Indies – 104 all out in 31.5 overs (Jason Holder – 25, Ravindra Jadeja – 4/34) by a margin of 9 wickets.
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