West Indies v Pakistan: Evin Lewis fires hosts to third T20I win

Doyle BarkerApr 02, 2017

Hometown boy Evin Lewis went on a six-hitting spree to lead the charge with a pugnacious 91 that ended West Indies' home season losing skid in style with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third Twenty20 global today here.

The 25-year-old Lewis from the remote village of Tableland about 30 kilometres east of the southern Trinidad city of San Fernando shared half-century stands with Marlon Samuels and compatriot Jason Mohammed to be a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match prize and put the West Indies firmly on track for a morale-boosting victory before he was dismissed with four needed.

Lewis smashed nine sixes and five boundaries.

While the West Indies lost opener Chadwick Walton for one in only the second over of their reply, the rest of their run-chase was highly routine.

The green shirts extended their lead to 2-0 with Shadab Khan taking four wickets to help Pakistan win the game by three runs.

West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite was thrilled that his team ended their T20I losing streak: "Very pleased with the energy, passion and fire".

Samuel Badree had removed Ahmed Shehzad and Imad Wasim in the first over of the match.

Babar Azam's civilised knock of 43: Apart from Akmal, it was also Pakistan's middle-order batsman Babar Azam, who played a civilised knock of 43, and therefore being the second shining star for the Pakistan batting.

On the other hand, West Indies displayed fine bowling skills as they staved off Pakistan's plan to set a mighty target. The next ball, new batsman Lendl Simmons hit the winning boundary.

Earlier, leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-22) took two wickets for the hosts inside the opening four balls of the game to have Pakistan immediately on the back foot.

But despite their loss on Thursday, the Windies camp would have taken some consolation from the narrow margin of defeat-three runs-and by the fact that they were in the ascendency for the better part of the match.

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