Evin Lewis’s 125* powers West Indies to nine-wicket win against India

West Indies rode on Evin Lewis’s second century to beat India by nine wickets in the one-off T20I at Kingston, Jamaica.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 10, 2017 00:55 IST
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Evin Lewis’s unbeaten 125 guided West Indies to a nine-wicket win against India in the one-off T20I at Kingston, Jamaica. (Twitter )

Evin Lewis scored his second career century, which also was his second against India, to lead West Indies to a resounding nine-wicket victory in the one-off T20 International at the Sabina Park on Sunday. (WI vs IND HIGHLIGHTS)

Lewis’s ton was the sixth fastest in T20 Internationals and came off just 52 deliveries, helping WI chase their third biggest target in T20Is. (WI vs IND SCORECARD)

India had set hosts West Indies a target of 191 runs in front of a decent crowd that had quite a lot of Indian supporters.

However, the target, which should have been challenging proved to be too little as Lewis, riding on chances he got from Indian fielders --- he was dropped twice, made a mockery of it.

He hit 12 sixes enroute to 125 (62 balls, 6x4, 12x6) as the Indian challenge fizzled out against the World T20 champions.

Lewis had scored a century in Lauderhill, USA, last year too against India to lead his side to a one-run win.

The left-hander had it easy after beginning cautiously. He made seven off his first 10 balls but then launched into the attack. He tore in Mohammed Shami and then R Ashwin, smashing the offie for two sixes. Soon, Ravindra Jadeja, who had started with a tight over, was at the receiving end, getting hit for massive sixes. The WI opener ensured his side kept pace with the Indian run rate throughout the innings.

India may have missed the plot by ignoring Hardik Pandya who had troubled the batsman in the ODI series.

Karthik shines

Earlier, India scored below 200 despite a flying start from openers skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. Although No. 4 Dinesh Karthik (48 off 29 balls, 5x4, 3x6) kept the scoreboard rolling, India lost track in the end overs before an 18-run last over helped them finish their innings at 190/6.

Kohli (39 off 22 balls) and Dhawan (23 off 12 balls) added 64 for first wicket in 5.2 overs.

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However, quick late wickets ensured hosts West Indies kept the target within manageable limits. From 151 in 15.4 overs when Karthik fell, India could inch to 172 for six in 19 overs, scoring 37 runs and losing four wickets between overs 14 and 19. However, India were lucky to have that last over as Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin scored boundaries to keep India’s run rate at 9.5.

Picked in the limited overs eleven ahead of Yuvraj Singh, Karthik had however vindicated the team management’s decision to play him as he produced a blazing knock.

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Karthik used conventional sweep and slog sweep to good effect and once the edge off an attempted sweep carried the ball to the fence behind the keeper.

The right-handed batsman who played his first ODI recently after a gap of three years, also confidently walked down the track as well as across to lift the ball over the fence. He pulled with aplomb. Karthik had scored a half-century in the last ODI of the series here, helping Virat Kohli chase down a small target to win the ODI series.

Both Karthik and Rishabh shared an 86-run stand for the third wicket, scoring the runs in just under 10 overs with the former being the bigger contributor as the Delhi youngster struggled to time the ball on occasions. Soon after Karthik’s dismissal, the wheels came off as even former skipper MS Dhoni and hard-hitter Kedar Jadhav fell cheaply to peg India back.

First Published: Jul 09, 2017 20:57 IST