A stunning unbeaten 125* off 62 deliveries — including six fours and twelve massive sixes — helped West Indies surmount a chase of 191, which they comfortably completed with 9 wickets left, in the one-off T20I against India in Antigua on Sunday (July 9).
After a poor run in the ODI series in which he only accumulated a combined tally 67 runs off 121 deliveries, Lewis displayed sheer power to carry his side through in a clinical run chase. No bowler managed to escape from his punishing innings, as he kept on swinging at the balls that were in his arc to rattle the visitors’ bowling attack. Marlon Samuels also scored a 36 not out off 29 balls after sedate, watchful start to join the party.
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Earlier, India finished on 190/6 after being sent in by West Indies, with Dinesh Kartik (48), Virat Kohli (39) and Rishab Pant (38) all chipping in.
Jerome Taylor and Keserik Williams picked up 2 wickets each, returning figures of 2-31 and 2-42 respectively, while Samuels also managed to claim a scalp.
West Indis vs India ODI Series:
First ODI Match Report: Washout
Second ODI Match Report: Rahane’s century helps India collect 105-run win
Third ODI Match Report: Dhoni, spinners help India secure massive victory
Fourth ODI Match Report: West Indies defend 189 to stun India in a thriller
Final ODI Match Report: Kohli’s century helps India seal 3-1 series victory
West Indies 194 for 1 (Evin Lewis 125*) beat India 190 for 6 (Dinesh Karthik 48, Jerome Taylor 2-31) by 9 wickets
“Even in the first innings, we could have added 25-30 extra. We were on course for 230. And in the field as well, we dropped a few chances and if you don’t grab them you don’t deserve to win,” Virat Kohli says, “If you give a good start up the order, one batsman has to bat through. I think Dinesh was good, but we needed someone to get 80-90 which a team needs in T20 cricket. T20s is anyone’s game, and one game doesn’t make a series according to me. Overall, we enjoyed the tour.”
“Very happy. Yesterday we asked for the batters to go out and experess themselves. I gave them the captain’s incentive, whoever goes and gets a fifty gets half my match fee. We wanted to put smiles on the faces of the fans and that’s what we come back to do,” Carlos Brathwaite says after collecting the trophy. “It was a good score on the board, but we always knew we could get it.”
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