Ashley Nurse
Ashley Nurse (second from left) has been ruled out of the tour (AFP Photo)

West Indies captain Jason Holder finally had the luck in his favour as he won the coin toss for the first time in the ongoing five-ODI series against India. West Indies will be batting first in the fifth and final match of the series in Thiruvananthapuram with the Greenfield International Stadium making its ODI debut today.

While India have opted to field the same side as was in the fourth ODI, West Indies have made two changes – one forced as an injured Ashely Nurse has been ruled our for the remainder of the India tour. He has been replaced by spinner Devendra Bishoo in the playing XI. Opener Chanderpaul Hemraj has been dropped with Oshane Thomas replacing him.

“It looks a very good wicket and looks a bit dry as well,” Holder explained his decision to bat first at the toss. “Hopefully we will get some runs on the board and our bowlers would go out there and defend it. We need to be more consistent to beat the best teams and we have given glimpses of that in this series. Our batsmen will have to put runs on the board and the bowlers will have to support them.”

India captain Virat Kohli said he would have bowled anyway as he expects dew to come into play later in th evening. “We would have bowled first. There will be a lot of dew. It’s been overcast for the last few days and there would be something in the wicket. If it is too damp, the spinners will also come into play,” Kohli said.

India lead the five-match series 2-1.

Playing XIs
West Indies: Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah