India eyes series win after embarrassing defeat

After goofing up a 190-run chase, Indian batsmen would look to make amends and seal the series for the team in the fifth ODI.

Virat Kohli (left) and his batsmen had a poor outing in the last ODI. He'd be hoping to seal the series with a thumping win.   -  AP

Indian batsmen would look to make amends for their startling collapse in the previous match and complete the series win when they take on West Indies in the fifth and final ODI, here on Thursday.

The series appeared done and dusted when India began a 190-run chase. But its intimidating batting line-up fell short by 11 runs in a stunning turnaround on a slow pitch.

Of all the batsmen, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni drew the most flak for his slow batting as he played 70 dot 
balls in his 114-ball 54.


Ravindra Jadeja got out playing an atrocious shot, which exposed India's tail in the game's final stage.

The top order, led by Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, who has hit four half centuries in a row, has done the bulk of scoring and India would need the two batsmen to continue in the same vein.

It won't be a surprise if captain Virat Kohli, who minced no words in criticising his team's shot selection, brings about changes in the middle-order.

Dinesh Karthik, who played his first international match for India in more than three years in the fourth ODI, could 
not make any impact on his comeback but the team management is unlikely to drop him after just one failure.

It remains to be seen if Yuvraj Singh is available after suffering a hamstring injury.

Kedar Jadhav has got a number of chances to prove his utility in the side but lacks consistency. It will be interesting to see if he keeps his place in the side.

The surprise win would have certainly boosted West Indies' confidence and it will strive hard for a series-levelling win.

West Indies' bowling attack, led by captain Jason Holder, is not something which can intimidate the Indian batsmen but it will take heart from its performance in the last match and strive for another win.

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