India brooks little challenge as Windies wilt

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MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Virat Kohli.

India yet to play three T20Is against West Indies in November.

As India and West Indies lock horns for the 5th and penultimate ODI in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram today, India would look to clinch another home series win while West Indies again attempt to pose a challengle, just like they did after the first ODI.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni won hearts by meeting a specially abled fan just before the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies, here on Thursday. The Mumbai stylist went about his usual way of scoring attractive runs. But the match didn't even last as far as the scheduled 45-minute interval.

This is only the second global cricket match to be staged at the Greenfield Stadium.

Rohit entertained the crowd with some stylish sixes and India easily chased the target with 9 wickets remaining. Rayudu also took a step ahead in cementing his place at No. 4 slot with a fine century in the previous game.

Shimron Hetmyer only scored nine before he became Jadeja's second wicket, adjudged leg before wicket after a review and Powell followed four runs later, pulling Khaleel Ahmed's short ball straight into the hands of square leg as the Windies fell to 57 for five. Indian batting has been firing on full throttle.

It will be the litmus test for Dhoni, who has been under fire for his continuous poor performances. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been minting wickets and there has been no halt to that.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave the team a flying start by dismissing Kieran Powell and Shai Hope respectively for ducks to reduce Windies to 2-2. But at home, he is in a comfortable zone as they continue to bulldoze opponents series after series.

West Indies were bowled out in 31.5 overs, and India hunted down their target in a mere 14.5, as Rohit Sharma stroked an unbeaten 63 off 56 balls, adding an unbroken 99 for the second wicket with Kohli.

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