For cricket fans, there is no off-season time. There is some or the other interesting match being played almost every other day. Right now, India vs. West Indies ODI series is on. The 5th match of this ODI series will be held on Nov 1 at Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram and will likely be an interesting match to witness. The match will begin at 1:30 p.m. IST and 8:00 a.m. GMT. Here is more about this match preview and prediction: –
|Match||India vs Windies, 5th ODI|
|Match Days||1 November 2018 – day/night match (50-over match)|
|Time||08:00 AM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL|
|Venue||Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Series||West Indies tour of India 2018/19|
|TV Umpires||Ian Gould|
|Reserve Umpire||Anil Chaudhary|
|Match Referee||Chris Broad|
Though some of the star players are missing from the ODI squad in this series, team India seems to be in a safe position with captain Virat Kohli in great form. Besides the captain, experienced players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni have provided a stability to the batting order. The bowling line up has experienced faces like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and the star players Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The newcomers like Khaleel Ahmed and Rishabh Pant look promising while Ravindra Jadeja is playing his role of all-rounder well in the series. Based on the performance during the first 4 matches, the key players to lookout can be ascertained for the 5th match.
Though team West Indies could not do much in the Test series and the first ODI match of the series, they have bounced back well in the second match. They gave a tough fight to team India and the match ended up in a tie. The players like Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell and Marlon Samuels are showing some great skills while they are on the field and are trying to give their best to the game to make their team win.
Considering the ODI rankings of both the teams, rankings of the key players and the past ODI matches between both the teams, India seems to be better than West Indies. Since it will be the last match of the ODI series, it will not be so easy for India to win the match as the opponents will try to give their best. A lot will depend on the playing XI of the match and the mindset with which the team is on the field. Not just the batting and bowling unit must be strong, it will be equally important for the players to be excellent in their fielding skills so that they win the match.