Evin Lewis now has 225 runs at the same average against India in T20 internationals. He also has two centuries, highest number of sixes by a player in the format and highest individual score against India. To top it all, he now has the highest individual score by a player in T20 internationals.
The West Indies opener played stunning innings of 125 runs for West Indies in the only T20I against India at Kingston to guide his team to a nine-wicket win with nine balls remaining by chasing down 191 runs in 18.3 overs.
His disdainful innings that included 12 brutal sixes, one to finish the match as well, made him the man-of-the-match and only player to score two centuries against the same the opponent in T20Is.
India captain Virat Kohli wasn’t lucky with the coin toss and after his sixth loss at toss, he was asked by West Indies skipper Carlos Barthwaite to bat first. On a windy day in Kingston, India sent out their best opener and best batman to open. They began on an attacking note.
Kohli began the match with four and kept the momentum going in the powerplay. He helped India to 64 in just 32 balls with his own 39 runs. But, after hitting Kesrick Williams for a six and four in the sixth over, he missed a slower from him and was caught at mid-on.
Williams, who had dismissed MS Dhoni in the ODIs, once again completed his celebrations of taking out an imaginary notebook from his pocket, flipping the imaginary pages and then plucking one of them and put in his pocket.
Dhawan was looking good to take charge of the innings but he was unfortunately run-out when new batsman Rishabh Pant refused a single and Williams produced a direct-hit to run him out. India were 66 for 2 at the end of the powerplay.
India needed someone to rebuild the innings Dinesh Karthik and Pant did exactly that. Karthik played some aggressive shots and put the bowlers under pressure to keep the scoring rate high. But Pant, playing his second game, struggled throughout.
They added 86 runs from 59 balls before Karthik tried a sweep and was bowled by Samuels for 48 off 29 balls. Pant, who had somehow managed 38 runs off 33 balls, was dismissed trying a ramp shot against Jerome Taylor.
MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav fell in consecutive overs to leave R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. They managed to play out the two overs and added 26 runs off them. But, India were clearly short by 10-15 runs given the start they got in the powerplay. The wind did not help either as most players were dismissed hitting in the wind.