Jamaica: Buoyed by its stunning defence of 189 in the fourth One-Day International at Sabina Park, West Indies will be confident of being competitive and putting it past India again in the fifth and final match in Kingston on Thursday.
The host, trailing 2-0 before the previous game in North Sound, rode on skipper Jason Holder’s 5 for 27 to script an unexpected 11-run win and retain the chance to draw the series.
After the series-opener was washed out, India scored two convincing victories, by margins of 105 runs and 93 runs respectively. This allowed it the liberty of making a few changes to the playing XI.
However, Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja -- who came in for Yuvraj Singh and R Ashwin respectively – didn’t exactly stand out on their return.
Mohammed Shami, playing in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowled with control in his first ODI in more than two years, even though he failed to pick up wickets in the low-scoring game.
Should he get a chance to bat, all eyes will be trained on MS Dhoni, who played uncharacteristically slowly for his half-century in the previous game. Dhoni had taken the chase deep, as is his wont, but when he fell to the last delivery of the penultimate over, he had left India with too much to get.
The Windies will be wary of getting carried away by the rare win, as well the potential backlash Virat Kohli and his team might unleash. Its batting has looked a tad fragile throughout the series, and it wasn't far too different in the previous game, although its effort was enough to edge India out on a slowing pitch.
The batsmen in the top and middle-order all got starts but no one was able to get past 35. But it is likely that Windies will make any changes to its winning combination.
Jason Mohammed, one of the key batsmen for the hosts in the middle-order, has also not been up to the mark, except for a 61-ball 40 in the third ODI.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
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Thursday Jul 6, 2017
Start time 09:00 local (14:00 GMT, 19:30 IST)