West Indies v India: Evin Lewis smashes 125no as hosts win T20I
Chris Gayle scores 18 in first Windies appearance since 2016
By David Ruse
Last Updated: 09/07/17 9:30pm
Chris Gayle was overshadowed by Evin Lewis on his first appearance for West Indies in over a year as his fellow opener smashed 125 not from just 62 balls in a nine-wicket victory over India in a one-off T20 international, in Jamaica.
Kingston-born Gayle - who last played for his country in the World T20 final victory over England in India in April 2016 - smashed a six and a four before skying debuting spinner Kuldeep Yadav into MS Dhoni's gloves.
Gayle contributed just 18 to an opening partnership of 82 with the blistering Lewis, who hammered 12 sixes and six fours as he completed a 53-ball century and set the highest T20I score by a West Indian batsman, beating Gayle's 117 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2007.
Lewis' second T20I ton - his first came against India in Florida last August in just his second match - ensured West Indies overhauled India's 190-6 with nine balls to spare, the right-hander ending the match in style by mowing Ravindra Jadeja into the stands over deep backward square.
The Trinidadian's innings is the third-highest by all batsmen in T20Is, only topped by Aaron Finch's 156 against England in Southampton and Glenn Maxwell's 145 not out against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
Virat Kohli (39) and Shikhar Dhawan (23) put on 64 for India up top before falling in the sixth over, the skipper caught off Kesrick Williams at mid-on before Williams ran out Dhawan at the non-striker's end.
Dinesh Karthik (48) and Rishabh Pant (38) also chipped in but with Dhoni (2) and Kedhar Jadav (4) falling cheaply, it was left to Jadeja (13no) and Ravichandran Ashwin (11no) to pump up India's score, with the spin bowlers taking Williams' final over for 18.
Lewis' blitzkrieg rendered the visitors' total inferior, though, as West Indies gained a modicum of revenge for their 3-1 defeat to Kohli's men in the preceding one-day international series.
Marlon Samuels (36no off 29) was with Lewis at the end, having played second fiddle in an unbeaten 112-run partnership for the second wicket.