The hosts flexed their muscles with disdain in the fifth and final India vs Windies ODI to complete a 3-1 series win over the tourists. Like the last match, the final ODI at Thiruvananthapuram turned out to be a damp squib.
Opting to bat first, Windies lost Kieron Powell and their leading run-scorer of the tournament, Shai Hope in the first two overs. Marlon Samuels played some exquisite shots before Ravindra Jadeja (4-35) chipped in to nip out the right-hander. Hetmeyar (9) followed suit when he missed a straight ball from Jadeja to be adjudged LBW.
Again, it was all down to the skipper Jason Holder to save the Windies from the blemishes but India's bowling unit was relentless as Khaleel Ahmed (2-29) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-180 too chipped in to eventually bowl the tourists out for 104 in 31.5 overs.
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Chasing 105 was never going to be a problem and even though India lost Dhawan cheaply, the inevitability of the result was on the wall as Rohit and Virat strolled through the run-chase to hand India their sixth consecutive bilateral ODI series win at home.
Here's a look at the stats that dominated the fifth ODI;-
4000– Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli became the 12th pair in the history of ODI cricket to amass 4000 partnership runs. The duo, who became the sixth Indian pair overall to achieve the feat, took 66 innings fewer than the next best.
200:– Rohit Sharma became only the second Indian batsman to rack up 200 ODI sixes for India during his at Thiruvananthapuram. Only MS Dhoni (211 for India, 218 Overall) ahead of the Indian vice-captain.
Most 6s for India in ODIs
- Sachin Tendulkar- 195
- Rohit Sharma- 201
- MS Dhoni – 218 [India/Asia XI]
453- Virat Kohli scaled the record for the most no of runs in a bilateral series against the Windies.
Most runs in an ODI series for Ind vs WI:
453 V Kohli this series
389 Rohit Sharma this series
336 A Rahane in WI, 2017 (5 ODIs)
312 VVS Laxman in Ind, 2002 (7)
305 Rohit Sharma in WI, 2011 (5)
300 R Dravid in Ind, 2002 (7)
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104– Windies recorded their lowest ODI score against India at Thiruvananthapuram.
Lowest score for WI vs India in ODIs:
104 Trivandrum, 2018
121 Port of Spain, India tour of Windies, 1997
123 Kolkata, Hero Cup, 1993
126 Perth, Benson/Hedges tri-series, 1991
129 Johannesburg, ICC Champions Trophy, 2009
187- Innings Rohit Sharma took to complete 200 ODI 6s
Innings taken to hit 200 ODI sixes:
187 ROHIT SHARMA
195 Shahid Afridi
214 AB de Villiers
228 B McCullum
241 C Gayle
248 MS Dhoni
343 S Jayasuriya
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3– Third calendar year (2013, 2017, 2018) where Rohit Sharma completed 1,000 ODI runs as an opener.
Only Tendulkar, Ganguly, Jayasuriya and Dilshan have scored 1,000-plus runs as openers in more calendar years than him.
6th: With a nine-wicket win at Thiruvananthapuram, India recorded their sixth consecutive bilateral ODI series win at home. India last lost a bilateral ODI series at home against the Proteas back in 2015 (3-2).
India's last 5 ODI series at home
8: This is India's eighth consecutive ODI series win against the Windies. India last lost an ODI series against the Caribbean side 12 years ago. (1-4 in 2006)
India vs Windies ODI series results since 2006′
2007:- India won 2-1 (HOME)
2009:- India won 2-1 (AWAY)
2011:- India won 3-2 (AWAY)
2011:- India won 4-1 (HOME)
2013:- India won 2-1 (HOME)
2014:- India won 2-1 (HOME)
2017:- India won 3-1 (AWAY)
2018:- India won 3-1 (HOME)
Largest victory margins for India by balls remaining in ODIs:
231 v Kenya, Bloemfontein, 2001
211 v Windies, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018*
187 v U.A.E., Perth, 2015
181 v East Africa, Leeds, 1975
73.68:- The second highest winning percentage for an ODI captain (min- 25 matches)
Captains with highest win% in ODIs
76.19 Clive Lloyd (64/84)
71.74 Ricky Ponting (165/230)
71.74 Hansie Cronje (99/138)