West Indies captain,Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat against India in the fifth and final one-day international in Thiruvananthapuram today.
The visitors have made two changes as they bid to finish all square in the five-match series, in which they trail 1-2. Devendra Bishoo comes in for the injured Ashley Nurse, while paceman Oshane Thomas replaces Chandrapaul Hemraj.
Nurse, who injured his shoulder bowling during the fourth game in Mumbai, has been ruled out for the series with three Twenty20 internationals coming up after the ODIs. “It looks a very good wicket and looks a bit dry as well. Hopefully we will get some runs on the board and our bowlers would go out there and defend it,” Holder said at the toss.
“We just need to be more consistent to beat the best teams. We have given glimpses of that in this series.” The hosts have retained the same XI that won them Monday’s game and skipper Virat Kohli said he was happy to bowl first. “The wicket won’t change but dew is going to be a massive factor,” said Kohli. “Been overcast for a few days, so there will be help for the quicks, and the spinners will also have help here I think we’re in good hands bowling first,” Kohli added at the toss.
Another one bites the dust or the Windies. Jasprit Bumrah removes Fabian Allen on the final ball of his over. Short pitched delivery from Bumrah and Allen goes for the pull shot. Fails to middle the ball and Kedar Jadhav takes a sharp catch at fine leg. WI 66-6 after 21 overs.>