After a win in the fourth ODI of the series, the Windies saw a chance to continue to stun India. Jason Holder won the fifth toss in the series and decided to bat on a pitch where a big total was on the cards. The Windies had a decent start but an epic failure later saw the team post ja total of 205 on the board, which was chaseable easily. (Read Here: Virat Kohli Backs MS Dhoni)
The batsmen couldn’t move feet versus spinners and failed to rotate strike. As a result, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav fetched benefit out of it and gave away just 63 runs in 20 overs they bowlers in total. They had done their job and fast bowlers were quick to pounce on it and in the end, a score of 205 was what Windies could manage. In the course of playing 50 overs, they also played 187 dot balls, which counts to more than 31 overs. This was the biggest howler made by their batsmen.
“We had a pretty decent start, but we didn’t carry on. The openers gave a reasonable start. We didn’t get a momentum to press on. I felt the par score was 270 here. I got out too early and I should have batted. I would say I did not rotate the strike well. We were not able to keep our wickets intact. We lost wickets every time we seemed to be gathering momentum. I can’t put it on to the pitch; it’s just poor selection of shots. A few of our batsmen got some big overs and pushed the game deeper,” Jason Holder said after the end of the game.
Though the fast bowler was impressed by the way they bowled in the series,
“To the bowl, the way we’ve done in this entire series against a quality batting line-up showed a lot of maturities,” he added.
It was a great series in all where the Windies did not let the chances go. India had to earn their wins on this tour and the level of cricket played by Windies was quite better than what was expected from them.
Things will even up when both the teams face each other in the lone T20I game of the series and where the home side will go in the game on this tour as favourites for the first time. Indian team is itching to hand the Windies another defeat to end the series on a high, unlike last year. (Read Here: MS Dhoni Good Enough To Play 2019 World Cup)
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