Mohammed Shami claimed his 6th 4-for of his career. (Courtesy: AFP)
Mohammed Shami claimed his 6th 4-for of his career. (Courtesy: AFP)

Before today, the last time Mohammed Shami claimed a wicket in ODI was back in March 2015. It was the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015. In the fifth and final ODI of the 2017 series, Shami registered his sixth four-for of his ODI career as India restricted West Indies to 205 for 9 from 50 overs, on a relatively good batting surface at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica. Virat Kohli lost the toss for the fifth time in a row, equalling the unwanted Indian record of Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni of losing as many tosses in a series. West Indies managed to score only 43 in the final 10 overs and lost 5 wickets. Live cricket scorecard: West Indies vs India, 5th ODI

Shai Hope was the only West Indian batsman to breach the 50-run mark. West Indies were off to a brisk start courtesy Kyle Hope’s early blitz. He was particularly severe on Umesh Yadav, against whom he struck 6 boundaries. While Kyle continued to score at will, his opening partner Evin Lewis struggled. Virat Kohli opted for a change in bowling and brought in Hardik Pandya.

Pandya had recently revealed that he had figured out in his short career that batsmen usually go after his bowling, and he uses that as an opportunity to take wickets. The script followed. Lewis, looking to clear mid-off, found Kohli. The Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai, were united in the crease. West Indies had raced to 76 in the 16th over. Pandya continued to trouble Shai with short-pitched bowling that he had been doing throughout the series, but the latter continued to be resilient.

It was Umesh’s sixth over that caused the damage. He got Kyle and Roston Chase of back-to-back deliveries. While the senior Hope failed to clear Shikhar Dhawan at midwicket, Chase was trapped plumb in the front. Worse for West Indies, Chase also used up the only review.

India managed to stifle the run flow. The spin-trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav bowled a total of 24 overs between them, giving away 76 runs. Jadhav got the wicket of Jason Mohammad.

West Indies innings received some boost after skipper Jason Holder joined Shai in the middle. The two added 48 off 56 balls for the fifth wicket before Holder fell to Shami for a 34-ball 36. Shai held one end with his 98-ball 51 before he too perished to Shami in bid for acceleration. A late flourish from local boy Rovman Powell (31 off 32 balls) helped West Indies cross the 200-mark.

Brief Scores:

West Indies 205 for 9 in 50 overs (Kyle Hope 46, Shai Hope 51, Jason Holder 36; Mohammed Shami 4 for 48, Umesh Yadav 3 for 53) vs India.

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