5th ODI: India to face a rejuvenated Windies in a must win game


Virat Kohli during a practice session in Windies. Image Source: twitter

Internet Desk: Under fire Indian batsmen would like to rectify their unbelievable collapse in the last match and seal the series victory when they face a rejuvenated West Indies in the fifth and final ODI, at Kingston tomorrow.

Everybody thought India would win the series with an ease in the fourth ODI when they started to chase a mere target of 190 runs, but the world renowned batting line-up suddenly collapsed in front of the Windies bowling line-up and the Men in Blue lost the match by 11 runs on a slow turf.

Former India skipper MS Dhoni faced much criticism as he played one of the slowest knocks by him where he scored 54 runs from 114 deliveries and most importantly he played 70 dot balls in the knock.

In his very first attempt to clear the boundary he got out and after that the same old question has raised again that if he has lost his old touch as a finisher.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja too played a poor shot on wrong time which helped the Windies to seal the game.

The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane has scored four half centuries in a row and they need to fire all cylinders again in the final ODI to take their team home.

It won’t be a surprise if captain Virat Kohli, who minced no words in criticising his team’s shot selection, brings about changes in the middle-order.

Dinesh Karthik made a comeback in the playing XI for more than three years, but he failed to make any impact in the game. Though the team management is unlikely to drop him after just one poor knock.

It remains to be seen of veteran Yuvraj Singh is available after suffering a hamstring injury.

Kedar Jadhav has got a number of chances to prove his utility in the side but lacks consistency. It will be interesting to see if he keeps his place in the side since he is struggling for runs of late.
The bowling attack of home team, led by captain Jason Holder, is not something which can intimidate the Indian batsmen but they will take heart from their performance in the last match and strive for another magic win.


India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja.

West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams.

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