5.45 pm: So that will be it for the ODI series from us. (Which means a little break of Virat Kohli, but not for us). The T20Is are up next. Join us for those. Till then, take care!

5.33 pm: Post-match presentation:

  • ‘Not the finish we were looking for to the series, just lacked consistency. Still thought it was a good pitch if we gave ourselves the chance. Hetmyer, Hope a bright spot us and even Oshane’: Jason Holder
  • Man of the match, Ravindra Jadeja. Second MOTM award since his comeback to the ODI side, second four-wicket haul. “Enjoying my game at the moment. Just want to enjoy my cricket when I get chance”
  • Credit to the bowling unit, we wanted to bowl first anyway. Surprised WI chose to bat first. Clinical with both bat and ball in the last couple of games. Great energy in the dressing room. Two things stand out. Khaleel has been outstanding. And No. 4 slot as well. When Hardik comes back, the balance to the side improves even further ’: Virat Kohli
  • Man of the series: Virat Kohli for 453 runs, 3 centuries. What a batsman! “Awards are just byproducts of the performances on the field, glad I could make an impact with my bat on the results of the series’, he says.

5.14 pm:

‘I thought we were below part initially on the field in this series and sometimes a kick up the backside is needed. This Windies is a very promising unit. Absolutely [Khaleel is a genuine contender for the World Cup squad]. He just needs to strengthen up and add a few yards of pace’: Ravi Shastri

INDIA WIN: There it is! What an emphatic win. Windies innings lasted 31.5 overs and India’s innings lasted 14.5 overs. Just a bit longer than a T20I.

India win by 9 wickets and clinch the series 3-1.

India 98/1 after 14 overs

Spin in tandem now (as if that matters).... Bishoo comes into the attack and concedes 9 runs, including another six for Rohit. Allen concedes 5 singles in his first over.

And India are sevens run away from a massive win.

India 84/1 after 12 overs

17 runs in the 12th over by Keemo Paul! Rohit Sharma goes 4, 4, 1, 6, 1 to get to his 37th ODI fifty. And the 200th six comes up in ODIs with a front foot pull shot, fittingly. What a player.

India 52/1 after 10 overs

50 up for India in the 10th over, Virat Kohli plays a textbook cover drive. End of the 1st powerplay where West Indies missed out on golden chances to send Kohli AND Rohit back.That’s a big no-no in ODI cricket.

India 49/1 after 9 overs

OUT... NOT. Rohit Sharma walks back after edging one to the keeper but it’s a big no ball from Oshane Thomas who sinks to his knees. Not been his day. The free hit is caught at cover, inconsequentially.

Earlier in that over, Rohit hit Thomas for a lovely six over long off. Picked up the length early, and drove the full ball down the ground.

Next over from Roach, Kohli plays a delightful straight drive.

Correction: That was Virat Kohli who got hit on the helmet before.

India 30/1 after 6 overs

Roach keeping it tight at one end and hit Rohit Sharma on the helmet with a bouncer. Good ol’ Caribbean intimidation.

Thomas, wearing someone else’s trousers by the looks of it, gets the ball to do some more talking. But the moment the ball is in the hitting zone, Rohit doesn’t waste the chance. Plays the ‘Nataraja Shot’ for four.

India 22/1 after 4 overs

Oh dear! Jason Holder puts down Virat Kohli - VIRAT KOHLI! - in a run-chase. Target is small enough as such and Windies are not making it any easier. The ball runs down to the boundary line to make things worse and two balls later, Kohli plays glorious cover drive.

No wonder Oshane Thomas felt like this....

After 2 overs, India 10/1 - Dhawan gone!

OUT! The broadcasters were showing the replay of Dhawan’s dismissal off Thomas in the first ODI... and when they cut to live action, the same result! Dhawan plays on, trying to play the cut shot.

Virat Kohli then walks out and plays a glorious straight drive to get off the mark with a four.

After 1 over, India 0/0

Maybe Rohit Sharma will get some practice for Test cricket? Watchful start, starts off with a maiden against Roach.

Second innings: Given India bowled West Indies out for 104 in under 32 overs, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are already out in the middle. Should get a 15-16 over stint and it might well be enough to clinch this series?

West Indies 104 all out in 31.5 overs

ALL-OUT! That’s a four-for! Ravindra Jadeja strikes twice in his final over and the Windies are bowled out for 104 — their lowest ever total in ODIs against India! First Kemar Roach is caught at long on by Kedar Jadhav, then Oshane Thomas is trapped plumb in front. One of the plumb-est LBW decisions reviewed in cricket perhaps. No doubt that was out.

After 31 overs, Winidies 102/8

100 up for Windies in the 31st over! And the crowd cheers Kemar Roach hitting a boundary. They just want a longer game now, it seems.

After 29 overs, Winidies 94/8 - Paul gone!

The way this is going, dew is not going to be a factor in this match after all. Kuldeep gets his first, Keemo Paul skies one to Rayudu. Kuldeep almost has another in that over with Roach given out LBW. He reviews and the tracker says its missing leg stump. Maiden wicket from Kuldeep.

After 26 overs, Winidies 87/7 - Holder gone!

WICKET! Oh dear. This match is not going to last long, is it? Khaleel comes back into the attack and strikes immediately. Jason Holder, Windies best hope of a decent total, finds Kedar Jadhav at mid-off. His decision to bat first seems like a rather big miscalculation now.

After 23 overs, West Indies 73/6

Oh close! Kuldeep Yadav, in his first over, (yes, WI are 6 down when Kuldeep is bowling his first over) has a loud appeal for LBW against Paul. It looks to be a good call but the umpire’s got it right (just about). India retain the review.

After 21 overs, West Indies 66/6 - Allen gone!

Another short ball, another miscued pull. This time Jasprit Bumrah removes Fabian Allen. Kedar Jadhav takes a smart catch in the deep, diving forward and low. WI 66/6 and tottering.

After 18 overs, West Indies 60/5 - Powell gone!

15th over: WICKET! Khaleel gets his first off the day. He’s gone for runs today, but he’d happy with his comeback. Rovman Powell is surprised by the bouncer, mistimes his pull shot to Dhawan at deep square leg.

16th over: 3 runs from Jadeja’s over at the other end.

After 16 overs, West Indies 54/4 - Hetmyer gone!

WICKET! And, for a change, a good review by India. Ravindra Jadeja was convinced he had trapped Hetmyer in front and he is right. Kohli’s reluctant review proves to be the right call! Big wicket for India...

After 15 overs, West Indies 51/3 - Hetmyer 7, Powell 11

50 comes up for West Indies in the 15th over. Four runs from Khaleel’s over.

After 14 overs, West Indies 47/3 - Hetmyer 7, Powell 11

No boundaries in the Khaleel over but still five runs. Hasn’t got the swing going today but even Bhuvi and Bumrah got the movement only off their first couple of overs. Khaleel will have to rely on something other than swing to get wickets today. Does get Powell to play one of the leading edge in that over, but falls in no man’s land.

Jadeja continues from the other end and Hetmyer, who’s been severe on him through the series, cuts one through point. Bumrah lets it go through his body for a four.

After 12 overs, West Indies 37/3 - Jadeja strikes!

WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his second over. The ball stops on Marlon Samuels and he chips it to Virat Kohli at cover. Samuels was looking in good touch out there but once again, throws his wicket away. He falls for a 38-ball 24.

Three runs and a wicket in that over from Jadeja...

End of the first powerplay: WI 30/2

Jadeja finishes off the first powerplay with a maiden over. Great start for India, but Windies showing signs of revival.

After 9 overs, West Indies 30/2 - Powell 5, Samuels 22

Right, looks like Samuels doesn’t want the youngster to dictate terms today. Samuels welcomes Khaleel with a big over, a six and a four to start off with. Looks like WI will want to attack Khaleel today from the word go. Offered width, Samuels swung his arms down the ground. Closer to him, he flicked it aerially past midwicket.

After 8 overs, West Indies 18/2

Maiden over from Jasprit Bumrah — one absolute jaffa in that over, as he got a ball to move away after angling in.

Speaking of swing, here’s Khaleel Ahmed for the first time today.

After 7 overs, West Indies 18/2

Back-to-back boundaries for Marlon Samuels! First one through long off, with mid-off placed very wide. Bhuvi over-corrects his line, and Samuels flicks one through midwicket. The veteran Windies batsman has had a shocking series with the bat so far, his team would love for him to play a useful hand today.

After 6 overs, Windies 10/2

Something you don’t see this too often in an ODI in India. Three slips in place for Bumrah in the 6th over. Rovman Powell hits the first boundary of the Windies innings. Making use of the Test-match field to loft one down the ground. Gets beaten by a full ball that moves away next up.

After 5 overs, West Indies 6/2

Another tight over by Bhuvi. The early seam movement seems to have dissipated but the overcast conditions are still prevalent. Bhuvi maintaining a good length, in a channel outside off. Just one push through the covers for a couple by Samuels but that’s it.

Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid is repeatedly shown on the big screen, with the crowd going wild and the man, as you’d expect, remains unflinched, even looking on a bit awkwardly.

After 4 overs, West Indies 4/2

A maiden over by Bhuvi followed by a one-run over from Bumrah. Sameuls and Rovman Powell are still coming to terms with the conditions.

After 2 overs, West Indies 3/2 - Bumrah strikes!

WICKET! What a beauty from Bumrah! A wicket each for India’s opening bowlers in the first overs. Bumrah gets one to jag back in sharply and Shai Hope plays all over it. He’s surprised by the pace, movement and extra bounce. Basically, surprised by everything. Gets an inside edge, bowled.

India were rightly delighted to be bowling first here.

After 1 over, West Indies 1/1 - Bhuvi strikes!

WICKET! Horror start for West Indies. And just like we thought, Bhuvneshwar goes full and gets the ball to swing. Ideal conditions for him and he gets Kieran Powell to edge one to Dhoni who takes a sharp catch. The Windies are already a batsman short today and they lose their opener in the first over.

1.30 pm: It’s overcast in Kerala, there is some dampness in the pitch. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Co won’t mind these conditions to bowl in. Here we go in the final ODI of the series... all set!

1.21 pm: Recap of 4th ODI — In Ambati Rayudu and Khaleel Ahmed, two contrasting success stories in Mumbai. Read here.

1.18 pm: The Wall is officially in the ICC Hall of Fame. A proud moment for Rahul Dravid as another of Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar does the formalities.

Dravid aggregated 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries, and was in 2004 named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Player of the Year. Dravid, who played a solitary Twenty20 International, was also a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record.

Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumle are other members of the Hall of Fame from India.

1.15 pm: Team news

India unchanged. Windies bring back Bishoo & Thomas, with Hemraj and Nurse missing out. Holder informs Nurse is out of the tour with a tear in his shoulder.


Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (W), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah


Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (W), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

1.08 pm: What a photo. On VVS Laxman’s birthday, the heroes of *THAT* epic Kolkata Test against Australia get together for a photograph. Wonderful memories, eh?

1.05 pm: Virat Kohli looks fairly delighted to bowl first, says he saw photos of the field last night and expects the dew to be the worst in this series so far.

1.01 pm: Jason Holder wins the toss for the first time in this series! Windies opt to bat first.

12.52 pm: While Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been in superlative form, scoring three and two centuries respectively, Ambati Rayudu, backed by the skipper, has also been among the runs.

India’s lower middle-order, however, has not been at its best of late. MS Dhoni, who is still great behind the stumps, has not been able to get going with the bat. The former India captain has scores of 20, 7, and 23 in the series so far.

Dhoni currently stands on the cusp of a milestone, needing one run to reach the 10,000 mark in India colours (he has scored 124 runs for Asia XI). However, he and India will hope he scores more than a run on Thursday.

The return of Jasprit Bumrah has added value to the Indian team and he proved his worth in the two games he has played, while the young Khaleel Ahmed showed he’s learning with an impressive spell at the Brabourne Stadium.

Kohli will expect the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar to raise his level of play in the series finale after moderate returns. The seamer has been recalled following a rest.

The spinners have done the damage with most of the Caribbean batsmen struggling to cope with Kuldeep Yadav, while Yuzvendra Chahal was benched for the fourth ODI in favour of Ravindra Jadeja.

12.50 pm: Hello all and welcome to The Field’s live blog of the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies. The venue is the beautiful Sports Hub in Tiruvananthapuram.

A victory in the fifth ODI will ensure India maintain their unbeaten run since the reverse against South Africa in 2015.

The travelling Windies team may not be the force they were in world cricket when Trivandrum last hosted an ODI more than three decades ago, but Jason Holder’s men are not going to make it easy for India.

Leading 2-1 in the five-match series, which has also witnessed a tie, the hosts faced unexpected resistance in the past few days, including suffering a shock defeat in Pune.

Virat Kohli’s men bounced back from the loss in the third match to record a massive 224-run win in Mumbai. The home team will hope to carry the momentum into the series decider in the southern Indian city, where the weather is expected to play a part.

Rain, perhaps even a thunderstorm, is expected to hit Thiruvananthapuram during the afternoon, which might mean that the game gets delayed or even curtailed, according to the ICC website.

Let’s see how things pan out.