Match Report
Ind vs WI (Fifth ODI): India won the series by outclassing Windies
By Sandy - Nov 1, 2018 5:46 pm
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The hosts India outclassed the visitors’ Windies in the fifth and final ODI of the series at Greenfield International Stadium (Thiruvananthapuram) and clinched the ODI series by the 3-1 margin. After bundling out the visitors for just 104 runs (31.5 overs), India surpassed that tiny total in just 14.5 overs after losing the only wicket.

Indian cricket team

After winning the toss, Windies captain Jason Holder decided to bat first but it proved a wrong decision. In the very first two overs, opener Kieran Powell and the no.3 wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope lost their respective wickets without opening their account as Windies went down to 2/2.

Another opener Rovman Powell tried to settle the innings through a partnership with the next batsman Marlon Samuels but that ran for just 34 runs as Samuels was caught out at extra cover on 24 runs. It was their highest runs partnership in that innings.

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Only skipper Jason Holder (25), Marlon Samuels (24) and the Rovman Powell (16) were able to reach the double-digit marks in that massive batting failure. That innings was finished in 31.5 overs after they managed to score just 104 runs.

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Among the Indian bowlers, the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja scalped four wickets and finished with the bowling figure of 9.5-1-34-4. Also, the pacers Jasprit Bumrah (2/11) and Khaleel Ahmed (2/29) bagged two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/18) grabbed one wicket each.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after taking a wicket

In reply, the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan (6) lost his wicket in the second over but there was no further danger for the team as another opener Rohit Sharma and the skipper Virat Kohli continued their superb batting forms and carried the team to an easy victory.

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They had an unbroken 99-run partnership for the second wicket as Rohit remained not out on 63 off 56 balls (5 fours and 4 sixes) and Kohli was not out on 33 off 29 balls (6 fours).

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Among the Windies bowlers, only the pacer Oshane Thomas (1/33) was able to take a wicket. India won the match by 9 wickets with 211 balls remaining. Ravindra Jadeja won the Player of the Match award and the skipper Virat Kohli won the Player of the Series award.

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