Jamaica, July 10: West Indies defeated India by nine wickets in the one-off T20 International played at Kingston in Jamaica on Sunday night. Chasing a challenging target of 191 runs, opener Evin Lewis hammered an unbeaten 125 powered West Indies to a nine-wicket win over India in the one-off T20 international.
West Indies got off to a perfect start as openers Lewis and Chris Gayle (18) forged an 82-run partnership of the 8.2 overs before Gayle was dismissed by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Lewis slammed 125 runs in just 62 balls to guide his team to a comfortable victory over the visitors. His innings was laced with six boundaries and 12 sixes. Next batsman Marlon Samuels (36) then joined the in-form Lewis and the duo thrashed Indian bowlers all around the park to hand West Indies a victory with nine balls remaining.
For India, Kuldeep was the lone wicket taker. Earlier, put in to bat, India posted a challenging total of 190/6. Dinesh Karthik was the highest scorer for the visitors with 48 runs off 29 balls which included five boundaries and three sixes. Asked to bat first, India were off to a good start with skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan producing an opening stand of 64 runs in 33 balls.
For West Indies, Pacers Jerome Taylor and Kesrick Williams were the most successful among the West Indies bowlers with figures of 2/31 and 2/36 respectively. Commenting on the match, Kohli said the team did not step up to the chances they got which resulted in the loss. The Delhi player also praised Karthik's knock.
"I thought even in the first innings we could have 20-30 runs extra. We were on course to get 220 but we did not grab our chances and when you don't, you do not deserve to win," Kohli said after the match. "We couldn't really carry on. Dinesh was really good in the middle overs but no one got an 80 odd. We also couldn't take our catches which did not help," he added. Earlier, India sealed the five ODI series by 3-1.