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India vs West Indies 5th ODI – LIVE


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India vs West Indies 5th ODI “You don’t just play against India, you learn from them… India are at the top of their game in all three formats and they will be for a long period of time,” said Nic Pothas, Windies’ fielding coach.

This is as imaginative a praise as any team is bound to get going into a final match of a series, with multiple outcomes at stake.

While Pothas may not be accurate with his observation, he is surely close to it. And he believes so because of the culture that has set into the team – where winning has become a habit.

This series may not have been the easiest that India have faced at home in a long time, but after a bit of stutter, in Mumbai they clinically outplayed their opposition. They are close to figuring out their best XI, but at the moment, the issue remains with lack of game time for their reserves.

KL Rahul has had an interesting six months. From being in the form of his life in the IPL to struggling against the Windies at home; a player who was in such a fine touch at one point that he could throw a proposition of playing at No. 3 and push Virat Kohli a spot below, is simply serving drinks and having a few knocks against net bowlers in the ongoing series against Windies. How it could all transpire in such a short span is an answer blowing in the English winds.


While he has been sitting out, Ajinkya Rahane – a former contender for the back-up opener’s spot – is doling out centuries in domestic 50-over cricket. It is unlikely that Rahane will threaten his place in the side, but human mind is a wired weirdly. Maybe Manish Pandey, who has given him company throughout the tour, would know better.

And it is because of the fight that Windies have shown that India find themselves in a position where they can’t experiment even in the last match of the series.

While India can still question where experimenting – in the larger picture – is more crucial than winning the series, for Windies, the victory matters. Except for South Africa, no team has come to India and not lost an ODI or a Test series in the last six years. For a young team, where majority players have not seen success as much as they have not seen failures, it would be a major boost to their self esteem.

They have experimented, definitely more than India in this series, and even handed debut caps to four players so far in the series. However, they have problems of their own to deal with.

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While the unit as a whole has done well to stretch India till the last game of the series, with context still alive, not all the players have cashed in on the opportunities. Among the new comers, while none may have disappointed, none have managed to make a strong impression either. They have shown glimpses of promises and left it at that.

The most ailing of their problems come at the start. Both Chandrapaul Hemraj and Kieran Powell have taken the attack to the bowlers, but thrown their wickets away before taking a position of dominance. It’s a problem that has hurt them for a long time – not having a century stand by the openers for the last four years and 71 innings.

While Windies clearly lack the firepower in their bowling attack, the bowlers have done a reasonable job in batting-friendly conditions. Their search for the best pacer to give company to Kemar Roach and Jason Holder is still on. Even after four games they are not completely sure as to what their best XI is. Fabian Allen and Rovman Powell haven’t made themselves counted as yet, and are running short of time to cement their places.

However, even as Windies were been outscored by Rohit Sharma in Mumbai, their late defiance after a top order collapse was enough indication that the visitors are in no mood to let India get away easily; they are willing to stretch the fight, even if it’s in a losing cause. India vs West Indies 5th ODI

Thiruvananthpuram, hosting its maiden ODI, will stand witness as the two teams battle it out in their bid to find answers.

Where: Greenfields Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

When: November 1, Thursday

What to expect: While there are predictions of rain, a super fast drainage system should ensure that the game is not completely lost. It’s a small ground and it should make for a high-scoring encounter

Team News

India: KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant faced the net bowlers, apart from Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who bowled in the optional practice session. Their latest decision of naming a 12 a day before game has stopped after two matches.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Windies: The visitors decided to take a rest day and didn’t turn up for practice.

Probable XI: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach

Did you know?

– A win or a tie in the last ODI would give India their eighth consecutive bilateral series win against WI. India haven’t lost a series at home since Oct 2015.

– MS Dhoni needs one more run to become the fifth batsman to aggregate 10,000 ODI runs for India.

– There have been six instances of an Indian batsman scoring a century this series – the joint most for them in any ODI series/tournament.

What they said:

“Our approach to every game is the same. The last game was good. Will take confidence from it.” Bharath Arun, India’s bowling coach on India’s plan for the final match of the series.

“We didn’t execute on our plans as well as we had in the previous game. But that’s the nature of playing against a very strong team. Credit to India for bouncing back strong, that’s exactly what you’d expect from a world leading team.” Nic Pothas, Windies’ fielding coach.


India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Lokesh Rahul, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey

Windies (From): Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas


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