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India thrash West Indies in 5th ODI, clinch series 3-1

Prime Sports, International (Thiruvananthapuram), November 1:-   India thrashed the West Indies by nine wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International to clinch the series 3-1 here on Thursday.

India had won the first and fourth matches. The second match ended in an exciting draw while the visitors outplayed India in the third ODI to claim their first and only victory of the tour.

India played brilliantly in this match as both bowlers and batsmen did their job.

First, the bowlers restricted the visitors to a paltry 104 then the top-order batsmen played handsomely to wrap up the issue in just 15 overs.

Chasing 105, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (6) in the second over. Pacer Oshane Thomas clean bowled the Delhi batsman with just six runs on the board.

Unperturbed by the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, Rohit Sharma (63 not out) and skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out) played sensibly and guided India to a comfortable victory. Rohit also completed his 37th half-century.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav scalped one wicket each.

Brief scores: West Indies: 104 (Jason Holder 25, Marlon Samuels 24; Ravindra Jadeja 4/34) vs India: 105/1 (Rohit Sharma 63 not out, Virat Kohli 33 not out; Oshane Thomas 1/33). (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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