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Windies v India, 5th ODI – India Player Ratings

India won the 5 match series 3-1.

Virat Kohli
India’s Captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

After an upset loss against the Windies in the fourth ODI of the five-match ODI series, team India definitely had a lot to ponder about when they headed into the final game of the series. With the series inclined 2-1 in the favor of the Indian side before the final game, things had set up themselves for a perfect finish. A win for the Indian team would have meant a series win for them.

On the contrary, the hosts wanted to win the game to ensure a drawn series. Hence, the final game had everything in store for a perfect finish to the series with a decider of sorts on the cards. Coming into the game, the Windies side opted to bat first after having won the toss. Kyle Hope (46) and Shai Hope (51) gave a good start to the hosts after Evin Lewis perished cheaply.

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Barring those two, no other batsman could score in excess of 40 runs. A couple of 30s from Jason Holder and Rovman Powell helped Windies reach 205/9 in their 50 overs. Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India with 4/48 to his name, while Umesh Yadav bagged 3/53. In the run chase, India lost Shikhar Dhawan cheaply. In the runchase, Virat Kohli’s masterly ton, and some support from Dinesh Karthik saw India eke out an 8 wicket win.

Here are the India team Player Ratings for the match:

Ajinkya Rahane – 7/10

The series has definitely been the one to remember for Ajinkya Rahane. Ajinkya has been instrumental in the series. With consistent scores of fifties and a century to his name in the previous four games, Rahane failed to make it a complete five match outing this series. However, he did managed to add 79 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli in the run chase. He scored 39 runs off 51 balls that he played on the day with 5 fours to his name.

Shikhar Dhawan – 1/10

The most prolific batsman of the Indian team in the season, Shikhar Dhawan, seems to have lost his touch towards the end of the series. He failed in the previous game and the story was no different here either. Dhawan perished cheaply in the very first over of the game. He had started off with a boundary but ended up being caught by Evin Lewid off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph on the very next ball.

Virat Kohli 9.5/10

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was spot on with his work on the day. The captain was due for a big ton for a long time now. He did it in fine fashion and got to the landmark eventually in the game. He scored an unbeaten 111 off just 115 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes to his name. He surely led the team to the series win with his knock on the day. With his captaincy, he was spot on too.

MS Dhoni – 5/10

MS Dhoni had a decent time for the team in the game. He did not have a big role to play with the bat in the game as his services were not needed with the top order doing their job with the bat. In the field, he had a good time behind the stumps.

Dinesh Karthik – 8/10

Dinesh Karthik was promoted ahead of MS Dhoni in the batting order in the game. He had missed out on the previous opportunity that he had got in the last game. This time around, he did well enough to capture the moment for himself. He ended up scoring an unbeaten 50 off 52 balls with 5 boundaries to his name. He shared an unbeaten 122 run stand for the third wicket with Virat Kohli.

Kedar Jadhav – 7.5/10

Kedar Jadhav has turned out to be a wicket taking option for the Indian team in the recent times. Every time the skipper throws the ball to him, he responds with a wicket. In this game, he managed to dismiss Jason Mohammad on 16 off 39 balls in the 31st over of the game. He picked up 1/13 in his four overs.

Hardik Pandya – 7/10

Hardik Pandya was under the scanner as his role in the capacity of a bowler in the Indian lineup. He has excelled in the role in this particular series for team India. He managed to do the same in this game too. He gave India the first breakthrough by picking up the wicket of Evin Lewis in the game. He finished with 1/27 to his credit in the 6 overs that was handed to him on the day.

Kuldeep Yadav – 6/10

Kuldeep Yadav has been very impressive in his debut series. After two three-wicket hauls in his first two games, Kuldeep managed to bag 2 wickets in his third outing for team India. This particular game turned out to be the first instance in his short international career when Kuldeep ended up going wicketless in the game. He gave away 36 runs in his complete quota of 10 overs.

Ravindra Jadeja – 7/10

Things have definitely not been very sweet for ace Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the recent times. In the team India outfit, Jadeja has had poor outings since the ICC Champions Trophy. He has not been a thorough wicket keeper. The same continued in this game as he failed to get a wicket. However, much to his relief, he was very economical. He returned with figures of 0/27 in his 10 overs.

Umesh Yadav – 8/10

Umesh Yadav has been picking wickets at will in the recent past. He did exactly the same in this particular game as well. Umesh bagged 3/53 in the match. He started off by picking up the wicket of set batsman Kyle Hope in the middle overs in the 16th over. On the very next delivery, he dismissed Roston Chase for a golden duck. Later, he got the wicket of Rovman Powell to cap off his three wickets for the day.

Mohammad Shami – 8.5/10

Mohammad Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers on the day. The veteran pace bowler was at his very best with a four wicket haul to his name in the match. He dismissed the main man of the opposition on the day, Shai Hope. He then ran through the tail order with three wickets in the death overs. He finished with figures of 4/48 to his name in his quota of 10 overs.

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