Evin Lewis’ 125* blows India away

Team India posted only 190/6 after being put into bat first by Carlos Brathwaite and we don’t know if that score will have been sufficient if not for Evin Lewis’ 125*, which has become the highest individual T20I score in a chase and was punctuated by half-a-dozen fours and a dozen sixes. But in actuality, we witnessed yet another one-sided affair, which the West Indies handsomely won by nine wickets and with nine balls to spare.

Dinesh Karthik top-scored for the visitors with a 29-ball 48 (5×4 and 3×6) and the Indian top order, on the whole, made substantial contributions, with skipper cum opener Virat Kohli making a 22-ball 39 (7×4 and 1×6), Rishabh Pant, batting at number 3, scoring 38 albeit off 35 balls and Shikhar Dhawan too scoring a quick 12-ball 23 (5×4) while combining well with Kohli at the top of the order and providing a 64-run opening stand.

The problems, however, were none of the batsmen who got starts kicked on and Team India lost the vital wickets of their captain, Dhawan and the in-form Karthik at the most inopportune times: Kohli and Dhawan were out in the last over of the powerplay, after India had made over 60 runs in the same, and Karthik, who had forged an 86-run third wicket partnership with Pant, was out on the fourth ball of the 16th over, just when the visitors were poised to accelerate and post a total in excess of 200. India’s failure to do so, you can say, was the watershed in the only T20I at the Sabina Park.

For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor (2/31 off 4 overs) and Kesrick Williams (2/42 off 4 overs) took two wickets apiece, while Marlon Samuels chipped in with a wicket (1/32 off 3 overs).

Chasing 191, the West Indies barely broke sweat and with Lewis contributing a whopping 64.43 per cent of the team’s runs (194/1), the hosts coasted home to an utterly comfortable win at the Sabina Park in Jamaica, where the pitch was perfect for batting once again. Two of the hometown boys, Chris Gayle and Samuels, didn’t have to do much with Lewis in belligerent form. But while Gayle, who had returned to the national side after 15 months out, made just 18 off 20 balls and will have been disappointed to not make a greater contribution, Samuels was unbeaten on 36 off 29 balls when Lewis finished off the match with a six over square leg.

India didn’t help themselves by fielding shoddily and dropping Lewis twice, when the left-handed opener was on 46 and 55. The bowlers lacked penetration and more significantly, simply failed to tie down the rampaging Lewis. They bowled the hit-me length ball after ball and over after over and never strung together a quiet spell of 10 balls or so to bring themselves back into the match by either pushing the required run rate beyond 10 runs per over or by taking a wicket as a result of the scoreboard pressure.

No prizes for guessing as to who won the man-of-the-match award (Evin Lewis).

Only T20I, cricket scorecard

Playing XIs

West Indies: 1. Carlos Brathwaite, 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Evin Lewis, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Chadwick Walton, 7. Rovman Powell. 8. Sunil Narine, 9. Samuel Badree, 10. Jerome Taylor, 11. Kesrick Williams

India: 1. Virat Kohli, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Rishabh Pant, 4. Dinesh Karthik, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Ravichandran Ashwin, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohammed Shami, and 11. Kuldeep Yadav

Scores

IND 190/6 (Karthik 48 and Kohli 39; Taylor 2/31)
WI 194/1 (Lewis 125*, Samuels 36* and Gayle 18)

Indian innings (toss: West Indies, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Virat Kohli caught Narine, bowled Williams 39 (22) 7 1 177.27
Shikhar Dhawan run out by Williams 23 (12) 5 0 191.66
Rishabh Pant caught Walton, bowled Taylor 38 (35) 2 1 108.57
Dinesh Karthik bowled Samuels 48 (29) 5 3 165.51
MS Dhoni caught Samuels, bowled Taylor 2 (3) 0 0 66.67
Kedar Jadhav caught Narine, bowled Williams 4 (4) 0 0 100.00
Ravindra Jadeja not out 13 (8) 0 1 162.50
R Ashwin not out 11 (7) 1 0 157.14
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav
Extras: 12 (6 wides and 6 leg byes)
India’s total: 190/6 in 20 overs, at 9.50 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 64/1 (Kohli, 5.3), 65/2 (Dhawan, 5.5), 151/3 (Karthik, 15.4), 156/4 (Dhoni, 16.4), 156/5 (Pant, 16.5), and 164/6 (Jadhav, 17.6)
West Indies bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken  Economy rate
Samuel Badree 4 0 31 0 7.75
Jerome Taylor 4 0 31 2 7.75
Kesrick Williams 4 0 42 2 10.50
Carlos Brathwaite 2 0 26 0 13.00
Sunil Narine 3 0 22 0 7.33
Marlon Samuels 3 0 32 1 10.66
West Indies innings (target: 191 runs in 20 overs, at 9.55 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Chris Gayle caught Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 18 (20) 1 1 90.00
Evin Lewis not out 125 (62) 6 12 201.61
Marlon Samuels not out 36 (29) 5 1 124.13
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Kieron Pollard, Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, and Kesrick Williams
Extras: 15 (8 wides, 6 leg byes and 1 bye)
WI’s total: 194/1 in 18.3 overs, at 10.48 runs per over
Fall of wicket: 82/1 (Gayle, 8.2)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken  Economy rate
B Kumar 4 0 27 0 6.75
R Ashwin 4 0 39 0 9.75
M Shami 3 0 46 0 15.33
Kuldeep Yadav 4 0 34 1 8.50
Ravindra Jadeja 3.3 0 41 0 11.71

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