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Cricket: Brathwaite hails “unconventional” Lewis as Windies beat India in lone Twenty20

STORY: West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite hailed opening batsman Evin Lewis for his stunning knock that helped the Caribbean side beat visitors India by nine wickets in a one-off Twenty20 international in Jamaica on Sunday (July 09).

Lewis smashed 12 sixes during his unbeaten innings and upstaged hometown hero Chris Gayle by compiling 125 not out off 62 deliveries, a run rate of more than two per ball as he scored the third-highest total in a T20 international.

West Indies won with nine balls to spare, making 194 for one off 18.3 overs in reply to India’s 190-6 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Lewis clinching the victory in style by sweeping spinner Ravindra Jadeja over the boundary rope.

Brathwaite was all praises for the hard-hitting 25-year-old Trinidadian who became the third player to score two T20 international centuries, after Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.

Only Australians Aaron Finch (156) and Glenn Maxwell (145 not out) have recorded higher scores.

West Indies might have become easy-beats in test cricket, but they showed on Sunday they are different in the shortest version of the sport, especially with the bat.

Brathwaite also credited his bowlers to restricting India to 190.

Meanwhile, Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik blamed sloppy fielding for his side’s loss. The Men in Blue dropped as many as three catches and missed a stumping chance during the game.

With Sunday’s loss, India wrapped up their short Caribbean tour on a sour note after they won the ODI series 3-1.

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