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West Indies were expected to meekly to surrender against the dominant Indians. You do not expect a lot when the ninth-ranked ODI side meets the No. 3 team. West Indies, however, managed to pull off a great upset by beating India in the fourth ODI and keeping the series alive till the last game. Otherwise, it was a lacklustre effort from the hosts. Suvajit Mustafi evaluates the performance of the hosts:

Shai Hope (181 runs at 45.25, 6 dismissals): 7.5/10

Shai Hope remained the only West Indian batsman to register half centuries in this series. He got 2. He batted well but his strike-rate was a concerning 65.8. However, he deserves a benefit of doubt as he found little support from other teammates. His 81 at Port-of-Spain gave the West Indian chase some respectability. He was also clean behind the stumps. ALSO READ: Marks out of 10 for India

Jason Holder (82 runs at 20.5, 8 wickets at 28.12, 2 catches): 7.5/10

This series elevated Holder to the next level as West Indian skipper. Holder marshalled his troops well and his captaincy garnered applause from all quarters post West Indies’ thrilling victory at North Sound. His 5-for made the difference in that game. He also batted with purpose. His batting strike rate was 100 in this series.

In a nutshell, this series saw an improved Holder. This was one of the few bright spots for West Indies cricket.

Kyle Hope (100 runs at 33.33, 1 catch): 6/10 

The elder brother of Shai, Kyle got off to starts but could not capitalise on them. He threatened with 46 in the final ODI but gave it away. He did look good during his stay in the middle and that is a bright spot for West Indies.

Alzarri Joseph (6 wickets at 35.16, 1 catch): 5.5/10

This promising young pacer will only get better with time. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker from the West Indian camp. He leaked runs at over six-and-half but did look threatening in patches.

Rovman Powell (63 runs at 21, 1 catch): 3.5/10

It was surprising that he bowled only one over in the series. Powell struggled against the Indian spinners. However, it was his 32-ball 31 that helped West Indies cross the 200-mark in the final ODI. The Jamaican all-rounder did not make enough difference to the line-up otherwise.

Ashley Nurse (29 runs at 9.67, 2 wickets at 78.5, 1 catch): 4/10

Nurse managed to keep the run-flow down and emerged as the most economical bowler from the West Indian camp. However, he claimed only 2 wickets from 37 overs. Of course, he did stifle runs in the fourth ODI, giving away 29 from 10 overs and claiming the important wicket of Kedar Jadhav.

Kesrick Williams (1 wicket at 138): 4/10

Williams bowled better than what his numbers suggest. He got only 1 wicket in the series, that being of MS Dhoni which helped West Indies clinch the Antigua thriller. He finished with figures of 10-0-29-1 in that game.

Devendra Bishoo (25 runs at 12.5, 4 wickets at 52.5, 1 catch): 3/10

While rookie Indian Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav wreaked havoc in the West Indian camp, Bishoo was hardly effective.

Miguel Cummins (3 wickets at 53, 1 catch): 3/10

Cummins did not threaten and was expensive. His high point in the series was claiming the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane in the third ODI.

Jason Mohammad (76 runs at 19): 2.5/10

Jason top-scored in the third ODI for West Indies with 40, but that was it. Otherwise he disappointed big time. His failure in the middle order was amongst the reasons of West Indies’ poor show in the series.

Roston Chase (59 runs at 19.66, 2 catches): 2/10

Chase has failed to recreate his Test cricket magic in the handful of ODIs he has played so far. He started with a promising 33 not out but failed to get going. Surprisingly, he did not bowl enough. When he did, he was plundered for runs.

Jonathan Carter (13 runs at 13): 1/5/10

Carter did nothing of note. He batted only once and was dismissed for a 31-ball 13.

Evin Lewis (67 runs at 16.75): 1/10

Lewis became a household name post his sensational T20I hundred against India at Florida last year. He struggled against the Indian pacers in this series. He neither got quick starts nor scored big runs.

Kieran Powell (0 runs): 0/10

He batted once. Third ball of the West Indian innings, he fell trying to slash at an away delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He didn’t score a run, didn’t take a wicket or a catch. He gets no points.