5th ODI: India beat West Indies by 9 wickets to seal series 3-1


Thiruvananthapuram: India clinched the five-match One Day International (ODI) series 3-1 after defeating West Indies by nine wickets in the fifth and final match in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

Chasing a paltry target of 105 runs, India wrapped up the match in a hurry in the 14.5 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma (63* off 56 balls) led the team from the front while captain Virat Kohli (33) provided able support. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (6) was the only casualty for the Indian team in the chase.

Earlier, a brilliant effort by Indian bowlers saw West Indies bundled out for a paltry 104 runs.

The Indian bowlers were on the mark right from the start. Apart from skipper Jason Holder (25) and experienced all-rounder Marlon Samuels (24) no other West Indies batsmen applied themselves and went back cheaply.

Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav scalped one wicket each.

Opting to bat, the visitors suffered their first setback in the opening over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a fine outswinger to claim his 99th ODI wicket in the form of Kieron Powell (0).

Jasprit Bumrah struck in the very next over when Shai Hope (16) misread the line of a delivery which came in sharply after pitching.

With this, Windies crashed to their lowest total against India in ODIs. Before this, 121 was lowest score for Windies against India in ODIs, in Port of Spain in 1997.

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