India crush West Indies by 9 wickets in 5th ODI, clinch series 3-1

Thiruvananthapuram: India clinched the five-match series 3-1 defeating the West Indies by 9 wickets in the fifth and final One Day International at the Greenfield International Stadium here in Kerala on Thursday evening.

Chasing a paltry target of 105, India completed the task in just 14.5 overs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 63 off 56 balls. Skipper Virat Kohli contributed 33 while opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (6) departed in the second over.

Rohit continued his fine form in the process going past the 1,000-run mark for the current calendar year and also hitting his 200th six in ODIs.

Earlier, batting first, the West Indies were all out on 104 runs in just 31.5 overs. Captain Jason Holder was the top scorer with an individual score of 25 while Marlon Samuels contributed 24 runs.

For India, Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets; pacer Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah claimed two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav bagged one wicket each.

Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul while Kohli received the Man of the Series award.

The Men in Blue won the first ODI by 8 wickets before the second match ended in a thrilling tie. The Windies had clinched the third game by 43 runs. Team India again took the lead with a 224-run victory in the fourth one dayer.

This is also India’s sixth successive series win at home. India had lost a series at home in 2015, when they went down 2-3 against South Africa.

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