Evin Lewis (125*) single-handedly decimated the Indian bowling attack to guide the hosts to a convincing 9-wicket victory over India in the one-off T20 in Jamaica. Earlier, the Indian innings was pulled back by some excellent death bowling by the Windies spearheaded by Jerome Taylor (2/31).
West Indies won the toss and Carlos Brathwaite decided to chase against a batting heavy Indian side on the batting friendly Sabina Park pitch. The Windies side came into the match with a completely transformed side comprising T20 stars like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, and Samuel Badree. India, on the other hand, missed the in-form Hardik Pandya, due to a knock he picked up during the warm
Kohli-Dhawan befuddle the Windies bowlers
West Indies started the proceedings with Samuel Badree, who is known for his exceptional economy rate (5.61) in T20Is, but the move backfired as Virat Kohli worked the very first delivery of the match towards the boundary. Shikhar Dhawan followed suit hitting the leggie for two boundaries as India scored 13 runs in the first over - their best start against the Windies. The duo kept dealing in boundaries with the hosts struggling to find any answer to the exceptional strokeplay that was on display by both the batsmen as India reached the 50-run milestone in the 5th over. However,
Gritty Windies bowlers stage a comeback to restrict India to 190
Karthik continued playing the role of the aggressor while Pant ensured that he keeps rotating the strike as the duo reached the 50-run partnership mark in just 38 deliveries. Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite faced the brunt of Karthik’s improvisation when the right-hander smashed him for two sixes in the 13th over with India reaching 140-5 at the end of 15 overs and a big score looked certain. Pant finally took off in the 16th over scoring 11 runs off the first three deliveries but the over also brought an end to Karthik’s (48) brilliant innings as he was bowled by Samuels. The incoming MS Dhoni did not last long and perished for 2 at the hands of Jerome Taylor as India seemed to struggle to finish the innings on a high. The set Pant squandered away his wicket on the very next delivery trying to play a fancy uppercut as the Windies slowly started to take command of the match. Kedar Jadhav soon followed the duo back to the dressing room and boundaries were proving to be an elusive commodity. Ravichandran Ashwin (11*) and Ravindra Jadeja (13*), however, ensured that India managed to finish with a par score of 190 runs on the board.
Evin Lewis tears apart the Indian bowling attack
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a perfect first over for India giving away just 5 runs and Indian skipper Virat Kohli was quick to hand Ravichandran Ashwin the ball as early as the second over and the move seemed to work until a vintage Chris Gayle smashed the off-spinner for a six. However, the equation soon changed when Mohammed Shami was clobbered for 19 runs in his very first over as Windies caught up with the required run rate. The trend continued as Evin Lewis pounded the bowlers for 30 runs in two overs. However, the 25-year-old was handed a lifeline when a mistimed shot landed
ton seals the game for the home team
India managed to pull the Windies innings back by some margin with some tight overs from Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. However, Marlon Samuels showcased his power hitting abilities at the other end and Shami, once again, ended up on the receiving end being smashed for another 16 runs in his third over. Lewis continued his all guns blazing knock and brought up the second T20 hundred of his career, as well as his second
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