Evin Lewis slammed his 2nd T20I hundred against India (Image courtesy: Getty Images)
Evin Lewis slammed his 2nd T20I hundred against India (Image courtesy: Getty Images)

It seemed like an extension of his hundred at Florida. Evin Lewis played a blinder as West Indies trumped India by 9 wickets in the one-off T20I at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Lewis became the only batsman in T20Is to register 2 centuries against the same side. Lewis belted a 62-ball 125 not out, the highest score in a T20I chase. This is also highest individual score in T20Is for West Indies and the highest score by a batsman against India. He went past his opening partner Chris Gayle’s 117 that the southpaw had scored against South Africa in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. FULL SCORECARD

India’s last victory against West Indies in T20Is had come 3 years earlier, in the 2014 World T20. West Indies have now won 5 T20Is against India, having lost only 2.

When Gayle smacked that 175 not out against Pune Warriors in 2013, Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with 4-0-23-0. We have watched him play India often. We have watched him play a lot in the IPL. We know for a fact that Gayle does not enjoy playing against Bhuvi and neither he does against Ravichandran Ashwin. Usually, Gayle is Virat Kohli’s partner-in-crime. This time, however, Kohli was plotting the downfall. Bhuvi and Ashwin began. There was a chance straightaway. A rare occurrence. MS Dhoni missed Gayle’s stumping. Such rare was the day, Dhoni again missed another stumping. This time of Marlon Samuels. FULL UPDATES FROM ONE-OFF T20I

The focus remained on the Jamica’s own Gayle, but the Trinidadian Lewis stole the thunder. West Indies were 17 after 3 overs when Mohammed Shami was brought into the attack. Gayle welcomed him with a down-the-ground boundary and gave Lewis a single. Thereon, it was a Lewis show…

Shami was clobbered for 3 back-to-back fours. Ashwin went for back-to-back sixes in the next over. One was huge: 94 meters. The other, even bigger at 95 meters. Bhuvi wasn’t spared either. A six and a four came off consecutive deliveries. West Indies matched India’s score of 66 after Powerplay.

Lewis went on to greet Kuldeep Yadav into T20Is with a six. He was helped with two dropped chances as well in consecutive overs. A miscommunication between Kohli and Shami off Bhuvi, and later Karthik made mess of one in Kuldeep’s first over. READ MORE: Dinesh Karthik shines, but West Indies restrict India to 190 for 6

The carnage had no end. He found an able partner in Samuels, who supported with an unbeaten 29-ball 36. Only that was Samuels’ contribution in a 112-run second-wicket stand that came off 61 balls.

The batsman named Evin Lewis, who batted in the ODIs, was probably another individual with a mask on. Lewis now has 20 fours and 37 sixes in his T20I career.

At toss, Virat Kohli said, “There’s a reason West Indies are world champions.” India, who were ousted by West Indies in the 2016 World T20 semi-final, got another glimpse of the same.

India were cruising at one stage. After Powerplay, it seemed 200 would be a formality. West Indies’ bowlers came back well to restrict India to 190 for 6. A good last over that fetched India 16 runs that lifted the total. In fact, there were no boundaries scored from 16 to 19 overs. A 12-ball 26-run stand for seventh wicket between Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin came to India’s rescue.

Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan presented a delightful array of strokes at the start with the highlight being Kohli’s welcome of Kesrick Williams into the last over of Powerplay with an astonishing loft (or pull) over long-on for a six. Kohli fell for a 22-ball 39 and Dhawan followed his captain with a run out. But India had done well to plunder 66 from 6 overs.

Karthik got a game at Yuvraj Singh’s expense. The southpaw’s injury opened the door of opportunity for the other. Playing a T20I after 7 years, Karthik struck 48 from 29 balls. He shared an 86-run stand with Pant for the third wicket, but the latter struggled big time with his timing before perishing for a 35-ball 39.

The Indian middle-order failed with Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav falling cheaply. India missed the services of Hardik Pandya, who got injured before the start of the game. Also, Kohli has now lost the toss for the sixth time on a row. He called “head” 5 times in the ODI series and all the times it was tails. For a change he called “tails” and heads it was. Kohli, in fact, has not won a toss in T20Is yet.

Brief scores:

India 190 for 6 after 20 overs (Virat Kohli 39, Rishabh Pant 38, Dinesh Karthik 48; Jerome Taylor 2 for 31) lost to West Indies 194 for 1 after 18.3 overs (Evin Lewis 125*, Marlon Samuels 36*; Kuldeep Yadav 1 for 34) by 9 wickets

Player of the Match: Evin Lewis