West Indies topples India by 9 wickets in lone T20

 . Last updated on July 10, 2017, 12:25 PM
West Indies topples India by 9 wickets in lone T20
Evin Lewis, the Player of the Match, knocked the winning ton in his second T20 campaign against India.


West Indies batsmen proved their overwhelming T20 might against India. The visitors lost the only T20 International played against the host by 9 wickets with 9 balls remaining. West Indies lost the ODI series, but the win in T20 by a massive margin is a strong reply. India put up 191 bating first in the inning. However, it came up as a cake walk for West Indies. Evin Lewis knocked 125 off 62 balls, bolstered with 12 sixes, twice of India’s total. India’s attack remained futile against the batsman throughout the inning, making it easier for the players to chase down the winning score. India could take down only Chris Gayle, with Kuldeep Yadav, the debutant, creating the catch.

Evin Lewis was at low tides in ODI. In the limited overs format the player could trickle only 67 off 121 deliveries in the series. It was only his second faceoff against team India in the shortest format. While the player was batting, India’s players broke down the order losing it to misfields as catch drops and indiscipline in the field. Dhoni too missed chance to take down Lewis, Shami dropped a catch and so on, while the batsman was hitting out boundaries of every Indian bowler. With Lewis on the crease, the target of 190 seemed a little too much of a challenge to the Caribbean squad. The batsman knocked his highest score in any chase inning. The unbeaten partnership of 112 runs with Marlon Samuels was enough to nick the victory.

Earlier, India was put to bat after West Indies won the toss. The team started strong with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan on strike. The opening pair pushed the score to 64 in 5.3 overs, but both returned in the sixth over from Kesrick Williams. In the next stretch, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthick played with average strike hauling the score to 151 by the 16th over. India’s finish was shattered with attacked off West Indies bowlers. Jerome Taylor took down Dhoni and Pant a ball apart, while Kedhar Yadav was removed in the 18th over. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin dragged the score to 191, before overs exhausted.

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