WINDIES SUFFER 3-1 ODI SERIES DEFEAT TO INDIA

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TRIVANDRUM, India – THE WINDIES suffered a 9-wicket defeat in the 5th One Day International at the Greenfield International Stadium in Trivandrum, thereby handing India a 3-1 series win.

The WINDIES won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat first. Wickets started tumbling in the very first over, when Kieran Powell edged behind for 0. Shai Hope misfortunes continued as he failed to score for the second time in as many matches, when Bumrah lit up his stumps. Marlon Samuels and promoted opening batsman Rovman Powell stitched together a 34-run partnership, the highest of the WINDIES innings in the hope of posting a defendable total.

Ravindra Jadeja was introduced picking up Marlon Samuels for 24 as the first of his four wickets. Captain Jason Holder was the only other WINDIES batsman to reach double figures, he made 25 before Khaleel Ahmed scalped his wicket. The WINDIES were all out for 104 in 31.5 overs. Ravindra Jadeja was the best bowler for India, finishing with 4/34, while Jasprit Bumrah had 2/11 and Khaleel Ahmed 2/29.

India made easy work of the target not before Shikhar Dhawan was bowled by Oshane Thomas for 6. Rohit Sharma and Captain Virat Kohli refocused and went after the target. Sharma raced to another half-century in getting to the meagre total, he finished on 63 not out, which included 5-fours and 4-sixes, while Kohli ended on 33 not out, comprising of 6-fours. India got to 105/1 in 14.5 overs. Ravindra Jadeja was Player of the Match, while Virat Kohli was Player of the Series.

The WINDIES move on next to Kolkata for the start of the 3-match T20 series on November 4.

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