Evin Lewis reacts after Virat Kohli's wicket © AFP
Evin Lewis reacts after Virat Kohli’s wicket © AFP

The Indian bowlers were lucky that the match ended in 18.3 overs: they had to deliver 9 fewer balls to Evin Lewis. The ground-staff was lucky that they did not have to search the ball lost in the stands. The crowd was lucky that they did not have to protect themselves from the monstrous sixes. This tells the terrorising effect that Lewis had in the one-off T20I between India and West Indies.

West Indies hammered their way to a 9-wicket win over India. It was an exhibition of brute force and mindless batsmanship. Lewis, playing in only his third T20I against India, blasted his second hundred against them. This and other top moments in CricketCountry’s highlights of the Sunday thriller are below.

Kohli promotes himself

Virat Kohli opening the innings is not a new sight. We see him do that with distinction in IPL. He did the same on Sunday and amassed 39 off 22 balls, decorating it with 7 fours and a six.

Unlike in other formats, Kohli did not resort to his flicks and cover-drives. He took up a different set of arms instead. He eyed the stands than playing it down the ground. In a quest of doing so and after a series of successful bludgeoning, he miscued one at mid-on for 39.

Williamson’s imaginary diary

When Kesrick Williamson had Kohli caught he removed an imaginary book, flipped to an imaginary page, wrote something (perhaps Kohli’s name) on it with an imaginary pen (or pencil), ticked it, tore it off, folded it, and put it in his pocket. Maybe Kohli’s wicket was in his bucket list.

Pant slows down the mood

Rishabh Pant had to wait till Sunday, after the England series in January, to play for India. He was ignored for the Champions Trophy, and was benched throughout the ODI series.

Pant could get into the groove at No. 3. Resting his balance mostly on the back foot and pinned deep in the crease, Pant tried to heave everything that was hurled in his way. Unfortunately for him, it backfired. West Indies bowled to lengths that did not allow Pant to get under it. It was only late in his innings that he decided to reach to the pitch of the ball to score brisk runs.

Runs come thick and fast for Dinesh

Dinesh Karthik followed his resolute fifty in the final ODI with a spectacular 48. He played his trademark strokes, shuffling across and steering the ball behind the wicket. His exploits in the middle overs set the tone for India.

Taylor stitches Dhoni for 2

The stage was set for Dhoni to unleash his helicopter shots. He came when India had 26 balls to play, and were well placed at 156. However, Dhoni failed to read the slower one and edged it high to backward-point.

India misfield themselves to defeat

Dhoni missed a stumping chance, but the deflection of the ball would have outfoxed any wicketkeeper. If Dhoni’s super reflexes could not sight that, then…

However, India dropped two catches. Let us not blame them. It was outrageously windy, and the ball in the air must have changed its direction while gravitating down.

That is not the point, though. They dropped Lewis, and the curtains were down.

Mohammad Shami was the first culprit. Kohli was already running towards the ball when Shami intercepted and the catch never happened. Of course, he got a mouthful from Kohli.

The next chance was tougher. The ball went so high in the air that Karthik, despite covering the ground, could not judge it. He is a full-time wicketkeeper anyway.

Lewis, the Caribbean marauder

Lewis walloped 125 off 62, scoring 64 per cent of the team’s total. He became only the third player to register two hundreds in T20Is, after Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. He recorded the highest individual score for West Indies. He also registered the highest score by anyone batting second in T20Is. He hit the most number of sixes against India. Phew.

Lewis had scored 67 off 121 in the ODI series. He now swapped the numbers, converting his bad form into a superlatively staggering one.

He thrashed, smashed, whacked, romped, clobbered, and whatnot.

125 runs. 62 balls. 12 sixes. One man, Evin Lewis.