WATCH: Evin Lewis teaches Chris Gayle a lesson as he smashes 97* of just 32 balls.

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WATCH : Evin Lewis scores an incredible 97 off 32 balls

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SportsCafe Desk

09/04/2017

Evin Lewis hardly gave Barbados' bowlers any breathing space with a blistering 32-ball 97 that helped his side cruise to a 10-wicket win. With an innings consisting of 11 sixes, Lewis not only equalled the record for most sixes in an innings but also the record for fastest fifty of the season.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were chasing a small target of 129 in the 30 match of the Caribbean Premier League and their opener Evin Lewis made sure they didn’t have to sweat much. A thundering innings by the 25-year-old saw him hit 11 sixes and six fours to finish the game with a whopping 13 overs to spare.

Every corner of the Bridgetown ground was covered by Lewis as he scored the fastest fifty (19 balls) of the season. It also makes him the player to hit the second fastest fifty in the history of the tournament. The first hint of it came in the third over when Lewis took on South Africa’s Wayne Parnell for three sixes.

He was in the zone by then as the bowlers coming next suffered the same fate. Ryan Wiggins was slaughtered for two sixes and a couple of boundaries in the fourth over before Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz gave 15 runs in the fifth over. Damion Jacobs was hit for three sixes too, but the biggest hit of the night came against Kieron Pollard as Lewis sent him over the deep backward square leg fence.

He was dangerously close to scoring a landmark second fastest hundred in the history of T20 cricket when Pollard overstepped with just one run left in the board. St Kitts’ dugout looked furious as Lewis remained unbeaten on 97.

The win also helped the Patriots secure a top-two finish on the table as they ready themselves to face Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 1.

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