Evin blitzkrieg rattles Pakistan
Evin Lewis thrashed his way to 91 off 51 balls as the West Indies swept aside Pakistan by seven wickets in the third T20 International at the Queen\'s Park Oval on Saturday.
Port of Spain: Evin Lewis thrashed his way to 91 off 51 balls as the West Indies swept aside Pakistan by seven wickets in the third T20 International at the Queen's Park Oval on Saturday.
Responding to the visitors' total of 137 for eight, Lewis hoisted nine sixes and belted five fours in a hurricane innings that kept the series alive going into the final match on Sunday at the same venue with Pakistan holding a 2-1 advantage.
His assault was in stark contrast to the struggles of most of the Pakistani batsmen, with the notable exception of Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam, as a strong position was frittered away by the combination of careless stroke-play and disciplined West Indies bowling through the final eight overs of their innings.
Lewis lost opening partner Chadwick Walton early on in the chase to an excellent diving catch by Fakhar Zaman running in from the square-leg boundary off Sohail Tanvir.
Yet it was Tanvir who would suffer the most to the flailing blade of the left-hander. Summoned by captain Sarfraz Ahmed in a desperate attempt to stem the flood of runs, Tanvir was plastered for 24 runs in the 14th over of the innings, an assault that ended the match as a contest.
Marlon Samuels helped him add 56 runs for the second wicket and debutant Jason Mohammed looked composed in a third-wicket stand of 76, his contribution being an unbeaten 17.
But everything else in the match paled in comparison to Lewis' relentless assault which ended with victory in sight as Wahab Riaz held the catch at long-off to give Shadab Khan the wicket. "I just needed to get a start this time and decided to keep on playing my shots," said Lewis after receiving the man of the match award.
"It's been a bit of a struggle since getting that hundred against India (last August in Fort Lauderdale) but I'm delighted to be back among the runs."
Khan, man of the match with his potent leg-spinners and googlies in the first two outings, struggled to recapture the same control.
Veteran Akmal (48) and Azam (43) had the visitors well poised for a total in excess of 160.
Pakistan struggled for runs the rest of the way with a desperate West Indies team battling to limit the total to manageable proportions.
Just 45 runs came off the last eight overs with Badree the pick of the bowlers in claiming two for 22.