Russell's best as India all out for 251

Kingston, Jamaica, CMC – Andre Russell continued his impressive work with a career-best spell for West Indies in the Fifth and final Digicel Pearls One-Day International against India on Thursday at Sabina Park.

 

Russell collected four wickets for 35 runs from 8.3 overs, as West Indies dismissed the Indians for 251 in 47.3 overs, after choosing to field.

Virat Kohli struck 10 fours in the top score of 94 from 104 balls for the visitors, and Rohit Sharma made 57 from 72 balls that included two fours and a six. They added 110 for the fourth wicket.

 

However Russell, playing his first international match on home soil, ran through India’s lower order batting – the visitors losing their last seven wickets for 62 in 70 balls. He made the breakthrough for West Indies, when he had Parthiv Patel caught at backward square leg for six hooking in the fourth over, and Kemar Roach had left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan caught at slip for 11 in the seventh over, leaving the Indians 21-2.

 

Manoj Tiwary joined Kohli, and put on 58 for the third wicket before he was caught behind off Kieron Pollard for 22. The home team continued to feel the pressure for the next 20 overs, as Kohli and Sharma repaired the damage for India, with steady batting.

 

A single to point off leg-spinner Anthony Martin brought Kohli to his 50 from 64 balls in the 23rd over, but he was run out in the 36th over, and this triggered the Indian batting meltdown.

 

Pollard had the visitors’ captain Suresh Raina caught at deep cover for a “duck” in the following over, and the wickets continued to tumble for India at a regular rate, with Russell removing Yusuf Pathan for 30, as well as Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma, both without scoring.

 

The Indians hold an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, after victories in the first three matches, and West Indies rebounded to convincingly win the fourth match by 103 runs last Monday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

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