Indian team is all set to lock horns in the series decider against West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. After the leading the series 2-1 India will aim to clinch the series against the Carribean side at the Greenfield International Stadium. Before the series everyone expected it to be the one-sided affair but the Windies team change the dynamics of the series as they tied the second ODI and won the third to shock Virat Kohli and company in their home.
The weather is expected to play a part with showers predicted.
Virat Kohli's men bounced back from the loss in the third match at Pune to record a massive 224-run win at Mumbai. The home team will hope to carry the momentum into the series decider in the Southern city.
The last ODI played here was also between the two teams and was won by the visiting side, then an eminent force in world cricket. Jason Holder's men will look to seek inspiration from their illustrious predecessors and level the series.
The Men in Blues will look to continue to play with the same playing XI from Mumbai ODI to not tinker the winning combination while we might see some changes from the Windies team as the match hero of third ODI triumph Ashley Nurse is doubtful to play the series decider after he suffered an injury during the Mumbai game. His absence could affect the hopes of the Windies in the all-important game. (Click Here to know where to watch India vs West Indies 5th ODI)
Match Predictions: What to expect from India vs West Indies
After winning the Mumbai ODI, Indian team will enter the Greenfield International Stadium as favourites. The current astonishing form of Indian skipper and his deputy Rohit Sharma will be the key for the home team. While Ambati Rayudu has also released some tension of Kohli after scoring a century in fourth ODI at Number 4 batting position. For Windies, Shai Hope has played a monumental role throughout the series except in the last ODI where he was unlucky and got run out on a duck. Shimron Hetmyer will be the other key player for the Caribbean side in the crucial series decider. (Click Here for the Live Coverage of India vs West Indies 5th ODI)
Probable Playing XI of India and West Indies
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed