India look to hold off Windies fightback

Match details

Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
November 1, Thursday; 13:30 IST
Live on Star Sports, streaming on Hotstar

The main picture

With Ambati Rayudu scoring runs at No. 4 and justifying the captain’s faith in him, and Khaleel Ahmed showing glimpses of his ability to move the ball, India appear to have gained as much from the ODI series as they did from the Test series. That such performances have come in challenging circumstances bodes well for the players and the team management, who will now aim to finish the series strongly.

The West Indies have shown bouncebackability before in this ODI series and have the talent in their ranks to cause problems for the host. In fact, the fourth ODI was the only instance in this series of the West Indies batting and bowling departments failing together. The deflating nature of the defeat means Jason Holder and co. face somewhat of a fresh challenge to bounce back in the fifth ODI. The scope for motivation is, however, huge from the West Indies’ perspective.

The last time a five-match ODI series involving India was drawn was in November 2005, when South Africa held India to a 2-2 draw albeit the third ODI of that series had been washed out.

About Greenfield Stadium and weather forecast

The Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will become India’s 47th ODI venue on Thursday, having hosted its inaugural match, a T20I, last year between India and New Zealand.

Thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoon and Thiruvananthapuram has been receiving rain in the lead-up to the match. Last year’s India vs New Zealand T20I was affected by rain, albeit a shortened match was played and won by India.

5th ODI: India vs West Indies playing 11

Possible India playing XI: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Khaleel Ahmed, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Possible Windies playing 11: 1 Jason Holder (c), 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Chandrapaul Hemraj, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Obed McCoy/Keemo Paul, 11 Fabian Allen

Match prediction

West Indies remain a team who are reliant, quite extensively, on three players: Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and captain Holder. Ashley Nurse has been good with the ball this series and proved himself as a handy lower-order batsman in the third ODI, which the Windies won. For West Indies to fight back and deny India a series victory, they need these four players to be at their best. India have gained a few positives over the course of this ODI series and remain the favourite to win it given the number of match-winners they have.

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