India wins 5th ODI easily and another series from Windies

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AP) — India humbled the West Indies by nine wickets in the final one-day international and took the five-match series 3-1 on Thursday.

After bowling out the West Indies for 104, India made 105-1 in 15 overs to record its second biggest win in terms of balls to spare, 211. The biggest was by 231 deliveries against Kenya in 2001.

Such was India’s dominance that the day-night game was over before sunset, in a total of 46.4 overs, the shortest completed ODI featuring India. The previous spanned 48.1 overs against New Zealand in 2010.

India’s chase didn’t begin well as Shikhar Dhawan chopped on against Oshane Thomas on 6 in the second over.

Thomas also should have had India captain Virat Kohli on 4 but West Indies captain Jason Holder dropped the catch at first slip.

Rohit Sharma, 63 not out, and Kohli, 33 not out, made good on their stupendous form through this series, grinding out the visitors’ bowling attack with a 99-run partnership for the second wicket off 78 balls.

Sharma reached his half-century off 45 balls, hitting five fours and four sixes.

Kohli hit four fours as India eased to an eighth consecutive ODI bilateral series win against the West Indies, dating to 2007.

Kohli finished with 453 runs in the series, earning the award for man of the series.

“We were able to finish the game in a few hours because of our clinical performance,” he said.

“We wanted to bowl first and credit to the bowlers for pitching in the right areas. We have been clinical in the last two games. It is an added bonus to be able to contribute as captain. It won’t happen every time.”

The West Indies never really got going, batting first in humid and bowler-friendly conditions.

Only Holder, with 25, and Marlon Samuels, with 24, crossed the 20-run mark as their batting lineup folded in just over two hours and just under 32 overs.

India pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made early inroads. Kieran Powell was caught behind for a four-ball duck while Shai Hope was bowled off Bumrah, also for a duck.

Rovman Powell put on 34 runs with Samuels but left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed accounted for him on 16.

Jadeja knocked off Samuels and Shimron Hetmyer, on 9, as West Indies was reduced to 57-5 in the 17th over.

Holder tried to stem the slide but nobody could give him lasting company as the total limped past 100.

Bumrah and Ahmed returned to take their second wickets as India went for the kill, with the latter dismissing Holder in the 26th over.

Jadeja removed Kemar Roach (5) and Thomas (0) to complete his haul.

“We lacked consistency in the last couple of games and this was not the finish we were looking for,” Holder said. “A lot of our dismissals were down to poor shot selection. We haven’t batted too well.”

The three-match Twenty20 series begins on Sunday at Kolkata. Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been rested, and Sharma will lead India.