Thiruvananthapuram: It was a cakewalk for Virat Kohli-led India on Thursday in the fifth ODI against West Indies as they chased down a target of 105 in just 14.5 overs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018
With this win, the Men in Blue sealed the series 3-1.
Having bundled out the Windies for 104, the hosts lost Shikhar Dhawan (6 runs) early, but Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli ensured that the hosts comfortably crossed the finish line.
During the run chase, Rohit slammed his 37th ODI fifty as he continued his positive form following his knock of 162 in Mumbai.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja had taken four wickets to help India bowl the visitors out for 104.
Windies were far from their best as Oshane Thomas remained as their lone wicket-taker, finishing with a spell of 1/33.
India 6-1 after 1.5 overs
WICKET! Dhawan's nightmare run in the series continue as he is clean bowled by Oshane Thomas.
West Indies innings
West Indies collapsed like nine pins as they were bowled out for 104 runs in the fifth and final ODI against India here on Thursday.
Windies’ decision to bat turned out to be a nightmare as they started losing wickets right from the first over.
Only captain Jason Holder (25 runs), Marlon Samuels (24) and Rovman Powell (16 runs) could register double figures, with the rest of the team being dismissed in single figures.
Shai Hope, who scored an unbeaten 123 in the thrilling tie at Vizag, was dismissed for a duck by Jasprit Bumrah whereas Shimron Hetmyer only managed nine runs.
Ravindra Jadeja (4/34) ended up as the hosts’ top wicket-taker whereas Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed managed two wickets each.
West Indies 94/8 from 28.1 overs:
WICKET! Kuldeep joins the wicket-taking party! West Indies 8 down as Keemo Paul departs. Ambati Rayudu does well to take it at long-on.
West Indies 87/7 from 25.2 overs
WICKET! Captain departs! Khaleel Ahmed scalps his second wicket as Jadhav takes a good low catch at mid-off to end Jason Holder's innings. Windies 7 down.
West Indies 66/6 from 21 overs:
WICKET! The freefall continues for West Indies. Allen perishes. A well-directed bouncer from Bumrah and Kedar Jadhav takes an easy catch at fine-leg. Windies 6 down.
West Indies 57/5 from 17 overs:
WICKET! Half of the West Indies batting line-up is back in the dressing room now. Khaleel Ahmed bowls one short and Rovman Powell mistimes his pull. Shikhar Dhawan has put his 'thigh-five' moves on display after an easy catch.
West Indies 53/4 from 15.5 overs:
WICKET! The 'shall we, shall we not' review works for India. Ravindra Jadeja traps Shimron Hetmyer before the wickets. Kohli and Dhoni were not too sure about the review but Jadeja pretty much coaxed them to take one. It works. The on-field decision is reversed and Hetmyer departs.
West Indies 36/3 from 11.5 overs:
WICKET! Soft dismissal! Marlon Samuels perishes as Virat Kohli takes an easy catch off Ravindra Jadeja. Samuels was a little early into the shot.
West Indies 2/2 from 1.4 overs:
WICKET! Disturbs the timber! Jasprit Bumrah strikes in his first over as well. The ball comes back in and Shai Hope plays a loose shot and inside edges it onto the stumps. Windies 2 down.
West Indies 1/1 from 0.4 overs:
WICKET! Early strike for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and India! West Indies' troubles at top continue. Kieran Powell edges one to MS Dhoni in the first over. Shai Hope walks out to bat really early.
Jason Holder has won the toss and West Indies have elected to bat in the fifth and final ODI of the series at the Greenfield International Stadium here on Thursday.
While India, who are out to continue their series-winning run on the home soil, have retained the same playing XI which sealed India's win in Mumbai, the visitors have made two changes to the team with injured Ashley Nurse and Hemraj making way for Devendra Bishoo and Oshane Thomas.
While skipper Virat Kohli had a rarest of the failure in the fourth ODI, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu set up India's 224-run win as bowlers ran through the visitors batting line-up as India took an unassailable lead in the series.
Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, meanwhile, will do well to score big and take wickets respectively in the final ODI as India will try and tick the maximum boxes in their tune-up to next year's World Cup.
Windies, on the other hand, will want to sort their top-order batting woes and hope Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope come good yet again as they look to level the series.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas.
The match is scheduled to start at 1.30 P.M. IST.
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