India vs Windies 5th ODI: Bowlers make merry, India clinch the series.

An easy win and a satisfactory series victory for the Indian team.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15: Virat Kohli of India celebrates as he reaches his century during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on February 15, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

India have clinched the five-match ODI series against the Windies after thrashing the visitors by 9 wickets at the Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

Windies’ captain Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian side didn’t make any changes to their playing XI that won the 4th ODI. However, two changes were seen for the Windies. Oshane Thomas and Devendra Bishoo replaced Chandrapaul Hemraj and Ashley Nurse.

It was not the start that the visitors had hoped for. After bowling a wide, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Kieran Powell, in the fourth delivery of the innings for a nought. Jasprit Bumrah complimented Bhuvi perfectly as he too picked up a wicket in his first over to dismiss the in-form Shai Hope for a duck. Marlon Samuels, who came at number 4, tried to be aggressive and counter attack the Indian bowling. But after hitting 3 fours and a six, Ravindra Jadeja was successful in picking up the veteran batsman. Jadeja got his second wicket when his delivery hit Shimron Hetmyer’s pads straight in front of the wickets as the visitors were reduced to 53-4 in the 17th over. Rovman Powell, who had opened the innings and was struggling visibly, was the next to return back to the hut. It was Khaleel Ahmed this time who got India the wicket.

Windies soon found themselves 6 down for 66 when Bumrah got the better of Fabian Allen. Jason Holder tried to play another match-saving inning. But a tame shot of Khaleel’s delivery brought about his demise. Kuldeep Yadav too joined the party. He was successful in removing Keemo Paul as the Windies lost their 8th wicket for 94. Jadeja made short work of the tail as he dismissed both Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas in a single over to end the batting innings for 104 runs.

This target was never going to be enough for the visitors to restrict team India. However, Thomas did provide a ray of hope when cleaned up Shikhar Dhawan in the second over for just 6 runs. But that was the last time the Windies celebrated in the match. The ever-reliable duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were now on the pitch for the hosts. After a cautious start, both the batsmen looked confident and hit boundaries for fun. Rohit Sharma hit 5 fours and 4 sixes as he remained unbeaten on 63. Skipper Virat Kohli anchored his innings properly as India chased down the target with 9 wickets remaining in the 15th over.

It’s a shame that such a competitive series had to finish in such a one-sided affair. This is the shortest completed 50 over ODI in India featuring India. The T20 series between the two teams begins from 4th November at the city of joy, Kolkata. Windies would be relieved to welcome back some big stars like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle.

Match Summary:

Windies: 104-10(31.5 o.)
Jason Holder: 25(33)
Marlon Samuels: 24(38)
Ravindra Jadeja: 9.5-1-34-4.

India: 105-1(14.5)
Rohit Sharma: 63*(56)
Virat Kohli: 33*(29)
Oshane Thomas: 4-0-33-1.

Man of The Match: Ravindra Jadeja.

Man of The Series: Virat Kohli.