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India vs West Indies - 5th ODI

Series: West Indies in India, 5 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Date: 01 November 2018

India 105/1 (14.5 Ovs) RR: 7.07 | India beat West Indies by 9 wickets

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So, that is the end of the ODI series. As expected India have won it 3-1. A lot of people would have expected a clean sweep but it was not to be. However, cricketing action between the two will continue as they now play a T20I series. The first game will take place in Kolkata on the 4th of November at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Man of the Series and Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they were clinical and were able to finish the game in a few hours. Admits he was surprised the Windies chose to bat. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled. Reckons the last two games have been excellent and he is happy with how the team has performed. He now feels they are back on track and wants to build on this. Appreciates Khaleel and Rayudu for the way they have played. States he looks to help the team as much as possible with the bat and he always tries to lead from the front. Ends by saying awards is not something he plays for but it always feels good to receive one.

Man of the Match, Ravindra Jadeja, says he is enjoying his game at the moment. Mentions he tries to give his best in every game and wants to grab every opportunity which comes to him. Ends by saying his teammates were not sure about the review on Hetmyer's wicket, but he was sure it was out.

Windies skipper, Jason Holder, says it was not the finish they were looking for and admits they lacked consistency. Adds further it was not going to be easy against India in India. Mentions he did not think the pitch would play that slow but there were also some poor shots by their batsmen. States the youngsters did really well, especially Hetmyer and Hope. Ends by saying, they need a little more application which would help them do well going further.

Sanjay Manjrekar is now interviewing Ravi Shastri. He starts by saying, India are back on track. Admits they were below par in the ODIs before and that was the wake up call they needed. Mentions the Windies team is a promising side and they will grow with time. States Rayudu has done well in that number four position and it has not been easy for him as he is making a comeback. Ends by saying, Khaleel Ahmed has got the skill and a left-arm bowler is always handy.

Kuldeep Yadav who is also giving an interview, says there was a lot of turn on this wicket. Adds further it is not easy to control the ball on such wickets. Mentions you have to consistently hit the right lengths. States the first game was one performance he loved as it was not easy bowling conditions there.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is up for an interview says the series was a good experience and after resting the first two ODIs, he prepared himself well. Mentions he wanted to polish his skills in this series. Reckons they are doing well in every department and he is looking forward to the tours of Australia and New Zealand.

The duo did have luck on their side with Virat being dropped off Thomas' bowling, who impressed and was the only wicket-taker. He could have also got Rohit Sharma had he not overstepped. However, the two put that behind and once they were set, they started playing their shots. Rohit Sharma especially, started off slowly but once he got his eye in, he tonked the ball everywhere to give India their second biggest win in terms of balls remaining.

India have taken the series 3-1 after another clinical performance. To be honest, their bowlers set it up for them with Jadeja leading the pack as he finished with a four-fer. He was well-supported by the rest, as all of the bowlers picked at least a wicket. They bowled Windies out for a small total and a mockery was made of the chase. Dhawan did get out early but Rohit and Kohli ensured no more wickets fell.

14.5
1
D Bishoo to R Sharma, That is it. Rohit Sharma finishes it off in style. It is tossed up on middle, Rohit sweeps it through mid-wicket and the ball races away. It crosses the boundary but because the batsmen cross before the ball meets the ropes, they get just the single, which is enough. INDIA WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 3-1!
14.4
0
D Bishoo to R Sharma, Flatter on middle, Rohit Sharma defends it out. A dot.
14.3
1
D Bishoo to V Kohli, Shorter and outside off, Kohli punches it through covers for a single. SCORES LEVEL NOW!
14.2
4
D Bishoo to V Kohli, FOUR! Only 2 away now! Short and outside off, Kohli goes back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
14.1
1
D Bishoo to R Sharma, Full on leg, it is played down to long on for a run.
13.6
1
F Allen to R Sharma, Fires it on the pads, Rohti works it down to long on for a single. 7 more needed.
13.5
1
F Allen to V Kohli, Short again but once agian it is hit close to the fielder at deep mid-wicket, so only a run.
13.4
1
F Allen to R Sharma, Makes room and tries to go over cover but it goes off the inner half down to long on for a run.
13.3
1
F Allen to V Kohli, Punches it down to long on for a single.
13.2
0
F Allen to V Kohli, Floats it up on off, Kohli drives it to covers.
13.1
1
F Allen to R Sharma, Starts off with a half-tracker. Sharma does not take full toll of it as he pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.

Fabian Allen is on.

12.6
1
D Bishoo to R Sharma, The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
12.5
6
D Bishoo to R Sharma, SIX! 13 more needed now. Rohit dances down the track and hits it over the bowler's head.
12.4
1
D Bishoo to V Kohli, Leading edge but safe! Floats it up on the pads, it turns away. Kohli tries to flick but due to the turn, the ball takes the leading edge away from the bowler and down to long off for a run.
12.3
1
D Bishoo to R Sharma, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball, he strokes it towards cover for a run.
12.2
0
D Bishoo to R Sharma, Flighted on off, the batsman finds covers.
12.1
0
D Bishoo to R Sharma, Tosses it up on off, kept out.

Devendra Bishoo is into the attack.

11.6
1
K Paul to R Sharma, Fifty for Rohit Sharma! 37th in this format and this one has been an entertaining one. He was caught of a no ball but since then, he has stepped on the gas and has taken the bowlers to the cleaners. Wide outside off, Sharma throws his bat at it. Takes an outside edge and goes down to third man for a single.

The box of balls have been brought out. The ball is being changed, not sure why.

11.5
6
K Paul to R Sharma, SIX! How easy is this for Rohit Sharma! Slightly fuller and the hitman lofts it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
11.4
1
K Paul to V Kohli, The batsman works it towards fine leg for a run.
11.3
1
K Paul to R Sharma, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
11.2
4
K Paul to R Sharma, EDGE FOUR! Rohit is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Dances down the track and goes for the pull. The ball takes the top edge and goes towards the third man fence. The fielder there puts in a dive but his effort goes in vain.
11.1
4
K Paul to R Sharma, FOUR! Easy-peasy! Down the leg side and Rohit helps it on its way to the fine leg fence.
10.6
1
J Holder to R Sharma, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 15 from the over.
10.5
1
J Holder to V Kohli, Another slower ball on middle, Kohli flicks it towards fine leg for another single.
10.4
1
J Holder to R Sharma, Slower ball on middle, Rohit pulls it towards fine leg for a run.
10.3
2
J Holder to R Sharma, Makes room now and guides it between the gap at point and cover-point. For a couple.
10.2
6
J Holder to R Sharma, SIX! Rohit is going for it now. He wants to end it before the break. Slightly shorter in length around off, Sharma deposits it into the mid-wicket stand. His 200th ODI maximum, only the second Indian to do so. He is rightly nicknamed as the Hitman.
10.1
4
J Holder to R Sharma, FOUR! Welcome into the attack! A short ball and it bounces at a good height for the batsman. Rohit rocks onto the back foot and pulls it over square leg for a boundary. Also, the 50-run stand is up.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! A maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Also Jason Holder is into the attack.

9.6
0
K Paul to V Kohli, Good length again on off, Kohli defends it out.
9.5
0
K Paul to V Kohli, Good length outside off, Kohli guides it to point.
9.4
0
K Paul to V Kohli, Good length and it is kept out.
9.3
4
K Paul to V Kohli, FOUR! You do not need to run for those! That went to the fence in a jiffy! Full and on middle, Kohli smashes it through mid on. 50 up for India. 53 more needed.
9.2
1
K Paul to R Sharma, Makes room and Paul fires it on the stumps. Sharma at the very end manages to cut it to third man for a run.
9.1
0
K Paul to R Sharma, On a length around off, kept out.

Keemo Paul is on now.

8.6
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Guides this one towards backward point and thinks of a run. A good effort from the fielder there does not allow the batsmen to cross.
8.5
4
K Roach to V Kohli, FOUR! Just a gentle push that! On a length and around middle, Kohli strokes it through mid on and the ball races away.
8.4
2
K Roach to V Kohli, Flicks it through square leg. The boundaries here are big so the fielder from fine leg cuts it off. Two taken.
8.3
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Virat slaps it towards cover but can't beat the fielder.
8.2
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Uses his feet and tries to go over the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards third man and the batsmen run a leg bye. Rohit's getting a little fidgety here.
8.1
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Good length on off, Rohit tries to defend but gets an inside edge and the ball bounces and goes over the stumps.
7.6
1
O Thomas to R Sharma, Caught but it is a Free Hit! Slower ball outside off, Sharma swings but he splices high up in the air. The cover fielder goes back and takes it. A single taken.
7.6
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, A WICKET! No Oshane has OVERSTEPPED! Sums up Windies' day today. A length ball around off, it pitches and shapes away. Rohit tries to defend but the ball takes his outside edge and goes into the hands of the keeper. The players start appealing to see the umpire signal a no ball. Free Hit coming up.
7.5
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Well, this one did hurt him. On the pads, Rohit tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
7.4
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Ouch! shortish around middle, Sharma goes for the pull but the ball hits the flap of his pads and then onto his helmet. He though looks in no pain though.
7.3
6
O Thomas to R Sharma, SIX! All the way! Pleasing to the eye that one. Full and on off, Rohit just lofts it over the mid off fielder. The timing is such that is has gone all the way.
7.2
1
O Thomas to V Kohli, Shorter ball and it hurries Kohli. He mistimes his pull towards mid-wicket for a run.
7.1
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, Back of a length around off, Kohli stands tall and defends it out.
7.1
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, A little wayward there. Short and down the leg side, Kohli goes for the pull but misses. It has been wided.
6.6
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Back of a length around middle, Rohit pushes it back to the bowler.
6.5
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Back of a length on off, Rohit pushes it to the cover fielder.
6.4
0
K Roach to R Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
6.3
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Well bowled but equally well played! On a length and around off, the ball pitches and then takes off. Rohit Sharma does really well to take one hand off the handle and keep it out.
6.2
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Goes wide of the crease and angles it on off, Rohit defends it onto the ground.
6.1
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Fullish and on middle, kept out.
5.6
1
O Thomas to R Sharma, A single to end the over! Fuller in length and on middle, Rohit strokes it towards the bowler who gets a hand to it. The ball rolls towards mid on for a run.
5.5
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Goes fuller in length on middle, Sharma pushes it to mid on.
5.4
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, BEAUTY! Pace, bounce, that ball had everything. Back of a length around off, it pitches and then straightens. Also the bowler gets some good bounce there. Sharma tries to defend but is beaten.
5.3
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Good length on middle, kept out.
5.2
0
O Thomas to R Sharma, Another one on the pads, Rohit this time misses the pull.
5.1
4
O Thomas to R Sharma, FOUR! Too easy, slightly short and it sits up perfectly to be hit. Sharma swivels inside the crease and then pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
4.6
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Good over from Roach. Bowls this on a good length on off, Kohli taps it to the off side.
4.5
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Struggles for pace again. Short outside off, Virat looks to play it to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
4.4
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Nasty! Short ball on off, Kohli goes for the pull but the ball hits his helmet. No damage done.
4.3
0
K Roach to V Kohli, Great ball! Length ball coming in, Kohli feels for it but gets beaten.
4.2
3
K Roach to R Sharma, Three runs! Nicely done. Full and on the pads, Rohit flicks it away through mid-wicket. The ball does not go all the way but enough to take three runs.
4.1
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Length on top of the stumps, Rohit taps it in front of him.
3.6
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, Fuller in length on middle, Kohli tries to flick but gets a leading edge towards mid on. It could have been another successful over for Thomas but instead it goes for 8 runs.
3.5
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, Length again around middle, Kohli gets behind the line and defends it.
3.4
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, Back of a length on off, kept out.
3.3
4
O Thomas to V Kohli, FOUR! WOW, just wow! Full and around off, Kohli leans into the shot and caresses it through covers. Second boundary of the over.
3.2
0
O Thomas to V Kohli, Around off, kept out.
3.1
4
O Thomas to V Kohli, DROPPED AND FOUR! The skipper is the culprit. That was a sitter. Who has he dropped? Virat Kohli. Windies would have surely had a sniff, if that would have been taken. A short ball outside off, Kohli hangs his bat out but the ball takes the outside edge and flies towards first slip. Holder there gets two hands to it but the ball bursts through and a boundary results.
2.6
4
K Roach to R Sharma, FOUR! Off the mark on the 12th ball with a delightful stroke. Length ball around off, Rohit Sharma strokes it on the up and the ball races through covers.
2.5
0
K Roach to R Sharma, On off, Sharma is happy to defend it.
2.4
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Once again it is bowled on a length and on off, Sharma can't do a lot about it but defend it onto the ground.
2.3
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batter. The batsman works it to mid-wicket.
2.2
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Good length again around off, Rohit defends it off the back foot.
2.1
0
K Roach to R Sharma, A length ball outside off, Rohit Sharma makes a leave.
1.6
4
O Thomas to V Kohli, FOUR! Majestic! That is one way to get off the mark. Shows what form this guy is in. Full and on off, Kohli leans forward and times it through mid off for a boundary. So a wicket and 10 runs from the over.

Virat Kohli is in at no.3.

1.5
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, OUT! DRAGS IT ON! Almost a replica of how Dhawan got out in the first ODI to Thomas. It was slightly short and outside off, Dhawan goes for the cut but there is not enough room to play that. The batsman gets a bottom edge and the ball hits the stumps. Thomas is pumped up and an early wicket for the Windies. The start they would have wanted.
1.4
2
O Thomas to S Dhawan, Good delivery but that is played really well. Full and coming back in late. Dhawan somehow gets his bat to it and it races through square leg for a couple.
1.3
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, Good length on middle, kept out.
1.2
0
O Thomas to S Dhawan, A bumper again but this is a little too straighter. Dhawan evades it.
1.1
4
O Thomas to S Dhawan, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Short and outside off, Dhawan stands tall and cuts it over the point fielder for a boundary.

Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Length again outside off, left alone. So a maiden by Roach to begin with.
0.5
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Shortish and outside off, the batsman stands tall and guides it to point.
0.4
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Down the leg side, Rohit Sharma flicks it to mid-wicket.
0.3
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Shortish and outside off, Sharma punches it to the man at covers.
0.2
0
K Roach to R Sharma, On the pads, Rohit fails to flick it away. The ball hits him on the pads.
0.1
0
K Roach to R Sharma, Starts off with a length ball angled into him. Rohit pushes it to mid on.

We are back for the run chase! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan make their way out to the middle. The former will be on strike and he will face Kemar Roach who has the new ball in hand. Here we go...