5th ODI: India set 105 for series win following insipid West Indies’ display
Shai Hope has his stumps disturbed. (AFP Image)

India need 105 to win the series after bowling out West Indies for 104 in 31.5 overs during the fifth ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

Little went West Indies’ way from the time Jason Holder opted to bat. Kieran Powell edged the fourth ball of the match to MS Dhoni to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar first strike and in the second over Jasprit Bumrah got big inwards movement off a lively pitch to breach Shai Hope’s forward prod. West Indies were 2/2 and in early trouble.

Marlon Samuels produced his most fluent innings of the series, striking three fours and a six to welcome the left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed into the attack, but then contrived to airily drive an inviting delivery from Ravindra Jadeja to extra over. His 24 was the second-highest score of an insipid innings, after Holder’s 33-ball 25.

Jadeja then won an lbw shout against Shimron Hetmyer and when Rovman Powell, sent to open the innings, swung a bouncer from Khaleel straight to deep square leg, the scorecard read 57/5 after 17 overs. Bumrah added a third in the shape of Fabien Allen who hooked to long leg at 66/6, by which stage this match was all but over as a contest.

Holder’s 25 was another pleasing effort from the skipper, ended when he drove Khaleel to mid-off. With the ball spinning big, Jadeja mopped up the tail with 4/33 in 9.4 overs, the last two falling in his final over. Kedar Jadhav proved an irritant for West Indies too, taking catches at mid-off, long leg and long-off.

Brief scores: West Indies 104 in 31.5 overs (Holder 25, Jadeja 4/33) vs India.