India vs Windies: Pitch for fifth ODI a mysterious one

Last year, the venue hosted a T20 International between India and New Zealand.

Greenfield International Stadium Kerala
Greenfield International Stadium. (Photo Source: Kerala Cricket Association)

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India, led by Virat Kohli, are currently leading the five-match ODI series against the Windies 2-1. Jason Holder’s men have been impressive, but the home team has hit back appropriately to clinch the ascendancy. With all to play for, both teams are now scheduled to take the field for the fifth and final ODI at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

However, the pitch at the venue remains to be a mystery. Last year, the venue hosted a T20 International between India and New Zealand and it will be the first instance when the stadium gets to witness an ODI. In the meantime, Jayesh George, the general convener of the ODI threw some light on the nature of the wicket and the scores one can expect tomorrow.

The ball is expected to come onto the bat

“We have prepared a wicket that will assist batsmen and free stroke-play and like other matches, we can expect a 300-plus total here also,” George, the former Kerala Association Secretary, was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).

“There was obviously some dampness underneath because of all the rain that time. This time, we have got enough sunshine for the preparation of the wicket and the ball is expected to come onto the bat,” he added.

The series has been an exciting one thus far. After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli carved India’s victory in Guwahati, Shai Hope’s century helped the Windies eke out a tie in Vizag. The Caribbean team soared above expectations and went on to register their maiden win of the series in Pune, despite 29-year-old Indian captain Kohli’s century in a run-chase.

The erstwhile encounter turned out to be one-sided as the Men in Blue beat their opponents black and blue by 224 runs, riding on Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma’s twin centuries, followed by three-wicket hauls from Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed.

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