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Ravindra Jadeja carved through the West Indies’ batting line-up with a four-wicket haul to help India cruise to a nine-wicket win in the fifth ODI in Thiruvananthapuram.
Choosing to bat first, the West Indies were dealt a big blow on the fourth ball of the match as opener Kieran Powell was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck.
Shai Hope also failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for a duck.
Marlon Samuels made an encouraging 24, during which he struck three boundaries and a six, before he was caught by India captain Virat Kohli at extra cover off the bowling of Jadeja.
Jadeja then trapped Shimron Hetmyer lbw for nine runs before Khaleel Ahmed took out Rovman Powell for 16.
Fabian Allen was the next to go, while skipper Jason Holder was caught by Kedar Jadhav at mid-off off the bowling of Khaleel for 25.
Kuldeep Yadav sent Keemo Paul packing for five runs before the West Indies were skittled out for 104 when Jadeja dismissed Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas in the space of three balls.
Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bumrah and Khaleel snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Kumar and Kuldeep, they claimed one wicket each.
Chasing 105 to win, India made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Shikhar Dhawan was clean bowled by Thomas for six runs.
However, that was to be the West Indies’ only taste of success as Rohit Sharma and Kohli finished things off with an unbeaten 99-run partnership, during which Rohit surpassed his half-century.
Rohit finished on 63, which came off 56 balls and included five boundaries and four sixes, while Kohli remained undefeated on a 29-ball 33, which included six boundaries.
Thomas was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Jadeja was named Man of the Match.