Lewis leads brutal assault in Windies win

July 10, 2017
Evin Lewis celebrates his century against India during the T/20 cricket match at Sabina Park yesterday.
A spectator invades the field shortly after the West Indies defeated Indian in a T/20 cricket match at Sabina Park yesterday.
A spectator blows a Conch shell during the West Indies Innings against India in a T/20 cricket match at Sabina Park yesterday.
Pakistanis supporting the West Indies during a T/20 cricket match between the West Indies and India at Sabina Park yesterday.
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KINGSTON, CMC):

West Indies yesterday staged the third-highest successful run chase in their history as they sensationally battered India to win the one-off Twenty20 International by nine wickets here yesterday.

Opener Evin Lewis led a brutal assault with a record-breaking hundred.

In pursuit of 191 for victory at Sabina Park, West Indies got home with nine balls to spare and notch their third victory over India inside the last 15 months.

The left-handed Lewis slammed a scintillating unbeaten 125 off a mere 62 deliveries, belting six fours and 12 giant sixes the last of which off left-armer Ravi Jadeja sailed over wide long-on and ended the game in style.

 

Flamboyant

 

He dominated an 82-run, first wicket stand with superstar Chris Gayle who made 18 from 20 balls in his first match for West Indies since last year's T20 World Cup in India, before adding 112 in an unbroken second partnership with Marlon Samuels who was flamboyant in an unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries.

With his hundred, Lewis became only the third batsman to score two hundreds in T20 Internationals, joining the illustrious company of Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.

He also eclipsed Gayle's 117 against South Africa 10 years ago for the highest score by a West Indian in T20 Internationals and overtook Australian Shane Watson for the third highest-ever score.

India had earlier posted a challenging 190 for six off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring with 48 off 29 deliveries and captain Virat Kohli getting 39 off 22 balls.

WEST INDIES HIGHEST SUCCESSFUL RUN CHASES

232 vs South Africa in 2015

193 vs India in 2016

191 vs India in 2017

194-1 vs India in 2017

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