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5th ODI: India eyes eighth straight ODI series win against Windies

A file photo of Indian Cricket team. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 31, 2018, 04.40 PM (IST)

Following a huge 224-run victory in the fourth ODI against the West Indies, India will aim to seal the last match of the five-match series with a win in Thiruvananthapuram. 
 
The Virat Kohli and Co, who are leading 2-1 in the five-match series that also witnessed a tie, will look to register their eighth straight series win over the Windies in a bilateral ODI series.

The last time the Windies won was back in 2006 at home.

For India, top-order batsmen Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu are in red-hot form. While Kohli smashed three consecutive centuries, Rohit slammed his second and Rayudu registered his 3rd ODI hundred during the ongoing five-ODI match series.  

With scores of 140, 157 not out and 107 in the first three games, Kohli became the first Indian to score three consecutive hundreds in the 50-over format.

The only problem India have is southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, who has not capitalised on the starts, while veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MSD), who is going through one of the worst phases in his international cricket career.

Meanwhile, Jason Holder's men will look to seek inspiration from their illustrious predecessors and level the series.

Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope have impressed the most, having logged a century each while underlining their abilities. Captain Holder has shown his capability to handle the pressure. 

The two teams will lock horns on Thursday, before they set the stage for three T20s.