IND Vs WIN: India Look to Seal Series in last ODI

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India Vs West Indies last ODI 2018 match highlights:

  • India and West Indies play the fifth ODI on Wednesday
  • The match starts at 1:30 pm with the toss at 1:00 pm. The match will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Hindi/HD.
  • India lead the series 2-1

India Vs West Indies last ODI 2018

1 November, Wednesday will see India Vs West Indies last ODI 2018, battle it out for one last time this year in the 50 over format with both the sides taking the pitch for the fifth and last one day international of the Paytm ODI series.  An enthralling and exciting series will culminate at the Sports Hub tomorrow with India looking to win the series leading 2-1 while West Indies will be looking to take away something from the series with a series leveller performance.

A series that has kept us on the edge of our seats saw India take a vital lead at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Propelled to a massive 377 by a massive Rohit Sharma century, India put in an equally good performance with the ball to dismiss their visitors for a petty 153 and register their biggest ever ODI win over the Caribbean side in the progress.

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The manner in which this series has gone about guarantees fireworks come the last and deciding ODI. This has been a series which has been highlighted by huge targets, in each of the four ODIs till now; at least one side has ended up registering over 300, entertaining us all too powerful and energetic hitting. And the Thiruvananthapuram ODI is expected to be no different.

For the West Indies, the match is one last chance to show intent and salvage a result from the series which has seen them put in a much better performance than the test series. Their main area of concern despite being strong with the bat this series still lies in the batting line-up. Apart from Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, the rest of the batting line-up has failed to come to the party.

India Vs West Indies

West Indies need to get to the deck and prepare themselves for a track which has still kept us in the unknown. While it has been claimed by the pitch curators that the pitch will be a batting friendly one after getting enough sunshine to develop a batting friendly pitch one that will assist free stroke play, it is still hard to tell what will be dished our way come matchday. The last international held on the pitch was a T20 international between India and New Zealand, one that saw the ball grip and come slowly to the bat, making it tough to score runs freely.

One good thing that came out from an otherwise embarrassing performance in Mumbai for West Indies was captain Jason Holder coming good with the bat. A juggle in the batting line-up, one which sees Holder be promoted will help provide a much-needed stability at the top of West Indies’ innings. West Indies’ plus point is their batting, one that can take on any bowling line-up fearlessly on their day and they go into the fifth ODI knowing that the only way to beat the hosts is to out bat them.

The Indian camp meanwhile, who reached the city on Tuesday, underwent a training session from 9am-12pm on Wednesday at the Sports Hub. Things are relaxed in the squad with the team buzzing with confidence having clicked in all departments in the last ODI. We expect the Indian side to see no changes and go in with the same winning formula tomorrow

Expected XI

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

West Indies: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach.

Head-to-Head (last five matches):

India: 3

Windies: 1

Tied: 1

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