Chasing a challenging 191, opener Evin Lewis dominated in sheer manner as he hammered an unbeaten 125 to power West Indies to a nine-wicket win over India in the one-off T20 international at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Lewis also became the first batsman to score back-to-back hundreds against a same opposition in T20 internationals. Lewis' 125* is also the highest individual score for any batsman in T20Is. The Indian bowlers didn't have any answers to Lewis' onslaught and they were tonked all over the park. The win in the T20I will give West Indies some pride after a below-par performance in the five-match ODI series, which they lost 3-1. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM INDIA VS WEST INDIES, ONE-OFF T20I AT SABINA PARK
West Indies have totally decimated the hosts and bantered the 190-run target in some style. After opting to bowl first, they were highly confident of chasing the target down and just proved that. India batted well and posted a more than competitive total on the board thanks to some fantastic batting by their openers and Karthik. But when they stepped out to ball, things changed completely.
The hosts bowled their heart out but it was Evin Lewis who had different plans altogether. Outscoring Gayle is difficult they say but this lad did that in some style. He got a couple of reprieves but except that it was just some sensational power hitting. Evin went onto score the highest score by any batsmen in a T20I during a chase which just speaks volume of his batting.
Evin Lewis did get company in Gayle and Samuels who looked standby's throughout the chase. None of the Indian bowler's could trouble them. Kuldeep Yadav got a wicket but he went for plenty as well. The hosts will look to put this defeat to bed as they head to their next conquest in Sri Lanka.
WEST INDIES INNINGS:
00.27 IST: West Indies beat by 9 wickets in one-off T20I. Even Lewis (125*), Marlon Samuels (36*)
00.20 IST: Lewis hits back-to-back sixes off Jadeja. WI 178/1 in 17 overs
00.15 IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery outside off, Lewis stands tall and punches it over extra cover. In the gap again and another boundary. WI 164/1 in 16 overs
00.14 IST: Four leg byes! A chance missed! Served slightly shorter outside off, spinning in. Samuels who has advanced down the track gets done in by the length. Misses it completely and the ball brushes the pads. The deflection takes Dhoni off guard and a stumping chances goes begging. The ball runs towards the third man fence. Four leg byes signalled.
00.13 IST: FOUR! Typical Samuels! He dances down the track and lofts it inside out over extra cover. Gets it in the gap and picks up another boundary.
00.11 IST: Second T20I century for Evin Lewis. Both of them have come against India.
00.10 IST: SIX! Moves to 99! Fired outside off at 103 kph. Lewis lofts it handsomely over long off for half a dozen. He is playing with so much confidence and at utmost ease.
00.09 IST: SIX! No stopping Lewis today! Full in the line of the stumps, Lewis tonks it over the bowler's head. Doesn't even bother looking at the ball as he knows it's good enough to clear the fence.
00.07 IST: FOUR! Edge and runs! Fuller and into the pads, Samuels goes for a drive but he gets an inside edge on it. The ball beats the short fine leg fielder and the ball races away to the fence. 50-run stand comes up for Marlon Samuels and Evin Lewis. WI 135/1 in 14 overs
00.05 IST: SIX! Payback time for Samuels! Good length delivery outside off, Samuels backs away and carves it over the cover region for half a dozen.
00.04 IST: FOUR! Again wide outside off, Samuels throws his bat at it. Gets a thick outside edge over the vacant slip cordon for a boundary.
00.02 IST: Great over from Jadeja! Just 2 runs off it. WI 119.1 in 13 overs
23.59 IST: SIX! A good end to the over by Lewis! Full down the leg side. Lewis kneels down and slog sweeps it over backward square leg. It's hit flat and off the meat. Goes the distance for a maximum. Spoils the over for Kuldeep. WI 117/1 in 12 overs
23.56 IST: How did that not hit the stumps? Served outside leg, spinning towards the stumps. Lewis kneels down the sweep but misses it completely. Is lucky as the ball bounces more and goes from over the stumps. Superb ball, this. Kuldeep is really unlucky!
23.51 IST: SIX! Welcome back, Mohammed Shami! Bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, angling into the batsman. Lewis gets into the position early and hammers it over cow corner for a maximum. That was a brutal hit. 100 up for West Indies as well. They need 90 runs more off 59 balls. WI 106/1 in 12 overs
23.45 IST: SIX! You don't bowl those to Lewis! High full toss outside off, Lewis stays in his crease and smashes that straight over the long off region for half a dozen. WI 95/1 in 10 overs
23.40 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Gayle for 18. Dhoni makes no mistake! Bowls a leg spinner around middle and leg, Gayle tries to go big this time. Gets a top edge on it and the ball balloons towards the silly point region. Dhoni calls for it and takes it nicely. Kuldeep Yadav has drawn first blood of the encounter and the Indians are really excited. WI 82/1 in 8.2 overs
23.39 IST: NOT OUT! Tosses this outside off, Lewis tries to slog it on the leg side. Fails to make contact and the ball goes through to the keeper. Dhoni collects the ball and flicks the bails off. He appeals and the umpire goes upstairs to check for it. Replays show that the batsmen had his leg inside the line. WI 82/0 in 8 overs
23.38 IST: FOUR! Lewis is meaning business! Fuller outside off, Lewis drills that hard through the wide mid off region for a boundary.
23.35 IST: Lewis is living a charmed life! Tossed up outside off, Lewis again goes for a big shot. Mistimes it towards the wide long off region. Karthik runs across from long off, gets underneath it but fails to hold onto it. Another chance goes down and Lewis survives. The batsmen run a single. WI 75/0 in 7 overs
23.32 IST: SIX! Lewis is welcoming every new bowler in style! Does not spare Kuldeep who bowls it fuller outside off, Lewis smashes that over the long on region for a biggie. 2nd T20I fifty for Evin Lewis!
23.31 IST: Dropped! How costly will that turn out to be? Length delivery outside off, Lewis makes room and tries to go for a biggie. Mistimes it and gets it off the top edge. The ball balloons in the mid onregion. Kohli comes charging in from long on and Shami comes from mid off. Shami gets a hand to it but collides with Kohli to drop it. The batsmen run a single. WI 66/0 in 6 overs
23.30 IST: FOUR! Lewis, you beauty! Length delivery outside off, Lewis stays in his crease and slaps that over the cover fielder for a boundary.
23.29 IST: SIX! That's gone into the orbit! Short in line of the stumps, Lewis backs away and smashes that over the long on region for a 93 meter maximum.
23.25 IST: SIX! Fetch that, Ashwin! Fuller in line of the stumps, Lewis just stays in his crease and whacks that straight over the bowler for half a dozen. Ashwin is going hit all round the park. WI 52/0 in 5 overs
23.23 IST: SIX! Lewis, is the man! Short into the stumps, Lewis camps back and smokes that over the mid on boundary for a biggie.
23.22 IST: FOUR! Pierced! Fuller outside off, Lewis carves it through the gap between short third man and backward point for a boundary. WI 36/0 in 4 overs
23.21 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Lewis flashes hard at it. Gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies over the short third man fielder for a boundary.
23.19 IST: FOUR! Gayle welcomes Shami in style! Mohammed bowls a fuller delivery outside off, Gayle just waits for it and smashes that straight over the mid on region for a boundary.
23.16 IST: Run out chance missed! Into the hips, Gayle clips it towards square leg. Calls for a quick single and Dhawan rushes towards the ball. He has a shy at the non-striker's end but he fails to score a direct hit. Gayle was the man in danger who is lucky to survive there. A single taken. WI 17/0 in 3 overs
23.14 IST: SIX! Gayle finally makes contact and he does make it count! Tossed up outside off, Gayle gets forward and thumps it over the mid off region for half a dozen. WI 13/2 in 2 overs
23.00 IST: Welcome back for the chase! The players and umpires are out in the middle. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis to open the batting for West Indies. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings with the new ball for India. Here we go...
22.46 IST: West Indies restrict India for 190/6.
22.43 IST: FOUR! Another one from Jadeja. He is taking on Williams in the last over.
22.42 IST: SIX! Jadeja hits Williams for a maximum.
22.40 IST: India 172/6 in 19 overs
22.33 IST: OUT! Williams removes Jadhav for 4. Good catch from Sunil Narine! Back of a length delivery, angling in, Jadhav goes for a half-pull. Fails to hit it cleanly and the ball skies in the air over square leg. Narine in the deep runs forward and to his left. Dives and completes a good catch. West Indies are chipping at wicket at regular intervals now. IND 164/6 in 18 overs
22.26 IST: OUT! Two in two! Taylor removes Pant for 38. Taylor once again bowls it on a back of a length around off from around the wicket. Pant who shuffles across gets cramped for room. Rishabh tries to scoop it over the keeper's head but edges it to Walton, who doesn't make any mistake. Pant's struggling knock comes to an end. Taylor on a hat-trick now! Good comeback this, from the hosts. IND 156/5 in 16.5 overs
22.25 IST: OUT! Taylor removes Dhoni for 2. Back of a length delivery outside off. Dhoni looks to drag it from outside off with a horizontal bat but gets a top edge. The ball lobs in the air and Samuels at backward point takes a couple of steps behind and gobbles the catch. No Dhoni finish today. These wickets will prove very crucial! IND 156/4 in 16.4 overs
22.18 IST: OUT! Samuels removes Karthik for 48. The shuffling in the end gets the better of Dinesh Karthik! Samuels expecting Dinesh to shimmy, fires it into the stumps. The Indian batsman does so as expected but misses his sweep this time and sees his stumps shattered. Karthik misses out his half century by 2 runs. Nonetheless, it was a good knock from him. IND 151/3 in 15.4 overs
22.16 IST: FOUR! This time through the off side. Samuels fires it, slanting it away from the southpaw. Pant stands tall and slashes it over extra cover for a boundary. 10 runs off the first two balls.
22.15 IST: SIX! This will boost Pant's confidence! Slightly slower thtough the air around middle, Rishabh goes back and hammers it over mid-wicket. The ball sails with the wind over the man in the deep for a maximum.
22.11 IST: The physio is out in the middle to treat Rishabh Pant who is holding his shoulder in pain. Meanwhile, Pollard and Brathwaite are having a talk with Taylor. Hope Pant is fine and he can continue batting. IND 140/2 in 15 overs
22.06 IST: FOUR! A boundary from Karthik to end the over. Karthik gets a long way across to sweep it over on the leg side. Gets a top edge and the ball flies over the keeper's head. Past the short fine leg fielder and to the fence behind. IND 135/2 in 14 overs
22.02 IST: SIX! Another one from Karthik. Perfect end to the over! Another back of a length delivery, angling in, Karthik gets across and pulls it into the roof of the mid-wicket stands. He is on fire! IND 128/2 in 13 overs
21.59 IST: SIX! Karthik predetermines to go after Brathwaite. Gets across and pulls the back of a length delivery from outside off over long leg for a maximum. This is some execution from DK!
21.56 IST: FOUR! Cut away! Slightly shorter outside off, Karthik makes room and cuts it through the backward point region for a boundary. This is good for India. They have started to score boundary every over now. IND 114/2 in 12 overs
21.51 IST: FOUR! Well-adjusted! Seeing Karthik gets across, Samuels fires it flatter around middle. IND 105/2 in 11 overs
21.50 IST: SIX! Fetch that, says Karthik! Off spinner around off, Karthik gets into the position early. Kneels down and slog sweeps it handsomely over mid-wicket for a maximum. He is getting a move on now.
21.45 IST: FOUR! Play such strokes Karthik! Around middle and off, Dinesh kneels down and sweeps it through the square leg region for a boundary. Conventional stroke play works for him. IND 93/2 in 10 overs
21.42 IST: FOUR! Short around leg, Pant stays deep in his crease and pulls it through the mid-wicket region. Lewis puts in a dive in the deep to save the boundary but cannot stop it. IND 87/2 in 9 overs
21.35 IST: West Indies have managed to apply the breaks on the rampaging India innings with quick dismissals of Kohli and Dhawan. IND 71/2 in 7 overs
21.28 IST: OUT! Shikhar Dhawan run out for 23. Mix up there in the middle and Dhawan has to make the long walk back! Short delivery outside off, Pant defends it on the leg side and makes an initial stride forward for a run. Seeing Williams closing onto the ball, sends Dhawan back who is halfway down the track. Williams collects the ball and scores a direct hit. Dhawan cannot do anything but he can just start walking back. IND 65/2 in 5.5 overs. Dinesh Karthik is the next batsman in.
21.26 IST: OUT! Kesrick Williams removes Kohli for 39. One too many! Bowls a slower one outside off on a back of a length, Kohli stays in his crease and tries to loft it over mid on. Fails to time it this time and the ball lobs towards Sunil Narine who pouches it safely. Williams celebrates by ticking Kohli off his bucket list and West Indies have got a much-needed breakthrough. IND 64/1 in 5.3 overs. Rishabh Pant walks in to bat
21.25 IST: FOUR! Another back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli smashes that over the backward point region for a boundary.
21.23 IST: SIX! What was that? Back of a length, Kohli stays in his crease, does not move an inch and just lofts it with the perfect timing. Gets the distance on it and the ball flies over the long on boundary for a maximum.
21.21 IST: FOUR! Good length delivery around off, Kohli goes a bit leg side, makes room and punches it through covers for a boundary. Also reaches the 50-run mark. The fastest against West Indies. IND 54/0 in 5 overs
21.19 IST: FOUR! Dhawan welcomes Braithwaite with a boundary! Short outside off, Dhawan cuts it powerfully over the backward point region for a boundary.
21.16 IST: FOUR! Brilliant! Short delivery again and Kohli is ready for it. Stays in his crease and pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. IND 42/0 in 4 overs
21.15 IST: FOUR! Another short delivery outside off, Kohli stands tall to it and goes for the push over mid off. Gets it over the fielder there and the ball races away to the fence.
21.13 IST: FOUR! Another wrong 'un and another boundary for India! Tosses a googly outside off, Dhawan goes hard at it, gets a thick outside edge past Gayle at short third man for a boundary. IND 32/0 in 3 overs
21.10 IST: FOUR! That was creamed! On a fuller length outside off, Dhawan just leans into it and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary. There is no stopping those. Another brilliant over for India. 12 runs off it. IND 26/0 in 2 overs
21.09 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Angling into the batsman, kohli just leans a bit forward and flicks it beautifully through the front of square leg region for a boundary.
21.06 IST: FOUR! Another poor delivery! Taylor to strays on the pads, Kohli camps back and works it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. India are off to a flier.
21.05 IST: Great start for the visitors. IND 13/0 in 1 over
21.03 IST: FOUR! Another lose delivery down the leg side, Dhawan pounces on it and pulls it powerfully through the backward square leg region for a boundary.
21.02 IST: FOUR! Freebie! Short and down the leg side, Dhawan pulls it through the backward square leg region for a boundary.
21.01 IST: FOUR! What-a-way to start! Starts with a wrong 'un, but Kohli is ready for it. Virat camps back and flicks it past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary
21.00 IST: The players and the umpires are out in the middle. It's the skipper Virat Kohli opening with the southpaw Shikhar Dhawan. Spin first up as Samuel Badree to start the proceedings with the ball.
20.50 IST: Pitch Report - Jeffrey Dujon doing the pitch report says that it is sunny and windy out there. Reckons that this is the same pitch which was used in the first ODI. Mentions that there are some cracks which should help the spinners. Expects the ball to come onto the bat nicely. Ends by saying that there is more moisture and the deck might play similar to the first ODI.
20.45 IST: Captain's Corner:
Virat Kohli: I also want to better my toss record. I called heads five times and lost; today I call tails and still lose. Windies are the World Champs for a reason. When we end up thinking too much, we end up compromising too much in a T20 game. It's difficult to switch (players) for just one game. The guys have played in IPL, so have a lot of exposure. It's important to have the same bunch of guys and have them perform. The guys have the skillset to do it.
Carlos Brathwaite: We will bowl first. Team India likes to chase as well. We will try to bowl well. We also don't have the baggage and it's about taking positives. We come in fresh (on him not being a part of the ODI set-up). For me as a young guys, to have those guys (Gayle and Co.) is a blessing. It's a massive privilege and we will try to put our best foot forward. For me personally, it's an opportunity to learn from them.
20.35 IST: Playing XIs:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams
20.30 IST: Toss! West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl vs India.
After registering an emphatic victory in the fifth and final ODI against West Indies, Team India would like to end the Caribbean tour on a high with a win in the one-off T20 international at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The onus will once again be on Skipper Virat Kohli who might open the innings for the visitors in absence of Rohit Sharma. Whereas, West Indies will also be bolstered by the presence of world's biggest hitter - Chris Gayle in their ranks for the T20 match.
Despite the presence of T20 marauder - Chris Gayle, India still hold the upper hand over the hosts after the 3-1 win in the five-match ODI series.
The T20 veteran Gayle will be donning the Caribbean Maroons after a gap 15 months during which he has battled injuries as well as a poor form during the IPL, which was his last competitive tournament before this particular game.
West Indies are reigning world champions with the likes of Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree still a part of the current squad led by their World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite.
Also, there’s Evin Lewis, who had scored a 49-ball-100 in West Indies’ one-run win over India in a T20 game in Florida, last year. (Read Full Preview Here)