West Indies player Evin Lewis registered his name in the history books as he played an unbeaten 176-run knock in an ODI match against England retiring hurt with an ankle injury. He has now set a record for a highest individual score by a batsman before getting retired hurt in limited overs cricket.
The fourth ODI between England and West Indies was played at Kennington Oval in London yesterday, where England won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Windies opener, Lewis, took the responsibility for his team so that they could taste their first win in the ODI series but he failed to do so.
However, in the 47th over of the game, Lewis had already scored 176 runs and was heading towards a maiden double century when he smashed a Jake Ball full delivery against his ankle. The 25-year-old went down to his knees immediately and had to be carried off the field. The opener who played 23 ODIs for West Indies and scored 650 runs, managed to score his career-best score in just 130 balls.
The Windies player set a record for highest score by a batsman in all international cricket before getting retired hurt. The previous highest scorer was Charles Bannerman (165) for Australia against England at the MCG in the first ever Test match in 1877. Lewis also surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s previous highest record in ODIs which was 163 in Christchurch in 2009.
Lewis’ innings proved insufficient for the visiting team as England won the rain-affected match by six runs with DLS method. The fifth ODI of the series will be played on September 29 in Southampton.