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Evin Lewis decimates India, smashes second ton in West Indies’ nine-wicket win

Evin Lewis smashed his second century as West Indies thrashed India by nine wickets in the one-off T20I at Kingston, Jamaica.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 10, 2017 01:29 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Kingston
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Evin Lewis celebrates his century during West Indies’ one-off T20I against India at Kingston, Jamaica. (AFP)

Evin Lewis continued to torment Indian bowling in T20Is as he smashed his second century against them, the sixth fastest in T20 Internationals, in the one-off T20I at the Sabina Park on Sunday. The hosts won the game by nine wickets and as many balls to spare. (WI vs IND HIGHLIGHTS)

Lewis, who had smashed 100 in the T20I last year against India at Lauderhill, leading WI to a close win, started cautiously before launching into India. The feature of his knock was the way he picked the balls and bowlers.The left-hander remained unbeaten on 125. (WI vs IND SCORECARD)

He hammered Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin in successive overs, the fourth and fifth of the innings, as West Indies began their charge towards the 191-run target.

The Indians didn’t help their matters as he they dropped him close to his half-century mark when Mohammed Shami ran across, intercepted and spilled even as Virat Kohli looked all set to take the catch. Soon Dinesh Karthik dropped him too.

The Trinidadian had just seven off 10 balls before the over from Shami. He slashed at one which travelled to point boundary, then smashed a cover drive off the next ball and on the very next one, he guided one to third man fence.

In the next over, he hammered Ashwin for two successive sixes and soon after he launched into Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav. It is around this time that he got the lives.

Once he had survived the chances and lost opening partner Gayle, Lewis buckled down and waited for loose balls. Soon those came his way as he smashed Shami for boundaries and then hit a rather miserly Ravindra Jadeja for two big sixes to move into the nineties. He smashed nine sixes on course to his century and then if that wasn’t enough smashed one from Jadeja outside the ground just after crossing the hundred mark.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 01:07 IST