IPL 2018: Evin Lewis gives Mumbai Indians opening boost vs Rajasthan Royals
Mumbai Indians opener Evin Lewis scored 60 runs in their IPL 2018 game against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Sunday.Updated: May 13, 2018 21:38 IST
Opting to field after winning the toss, Rajasthan Royals put themselves on the back foot early on as Krishnappa Gowtham and Stuart Binny dropped Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis in consecutive overs.
Although Yadav had started things on an attacking note, it was Lewis who took up the charge after powerplay, to up the ante.
Batting on 23 off 17 balls, including two boundaries that he picked up in the sixth over, Lewis slammed Shreyas Gopal for two consecutive sixes in the ninth over — first sweeping one over fine leg before stepping out and dislodging the ball over long on.
With Yadav and Rohit Sharma departing in the space of two deliveries, Lewis took the back seat for a while, to rotate the strike with young Ishan Kishan, who survived the hat-trick delivery of Jofra Archer.
He then brought up his half-century in fine style as he sent a towering six right up to the press box to reach the mark in 37 deliveries.
However, just as it seemed he would take charge and lead the hosts to a respectable total, Lewis was caught at deep point, trying to hit Dhawal Kulkarni for a second consecutive six.