West Indies opt to bowl against India in 5th ODI!

NEW DELHI: West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bowl against India in the fifth and final one-dayer at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday.

India have replaced S Badrinath and Praveen Kumar with Shikhar Dhawan and Vinay Kumar.

The West Indies have brought in Adrian Barath in place of Danza Hyatt.

The ODI series is already in their pocket as the Indians have taken a 3-1 lead but they would try and ensure that the scoreline suggests domination by signing off 4-1.

West Indies would be encouraged by their consolation win in the fourth game. A couple of young men, Andre Russell and Anthony Martin, have shown the way forward with their spirit and belief but with Chris Gayle once again ignored, batting looks brittle.

The 21-year-old Barath was undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury which forced him out of the 2011 World Cup.

West Indies also finally have their wish for a hard and bouncy pitch answered in Sabina Park. They would love to carry the momentum forward into the game and in the Test series beyond.

Opener Lendl Simmons has been a positive influence and Kieron Pollard is showing signs of asserting himself in the middle.

The lower order has definitely shown signs of resurgence. If only the top order can look to tackle spinners, build stands and not give up then this West Indian side could still run the world champions close.

Teams:

India: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, R Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (Capt.), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh, Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin.(TNN)

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