If mercurial as an adjective was to be associated with a cricket team, it would surely be with the West Indies. On days, this side struggles to chase down even a mediocre total, but on other days, even a respectable total is made to look like an absolute walk in the park. Sabina Park was a host to the latter, as India was simply blown away, thanks to a mind-boggling knock from Ewin Lewis.
Needing 191 to win, Lewis set off in a different frame of mind altogether, as his positivity throughout his knock stood out. It seemed impossible to believe that this was the same batsman, who struggled miserably in the ODI series, amassing runs at an average way below 20.
On Sunday though, Lewis’ brutal 125 off just 62 balls, which included 12 towering sixes was in his own groove. Thanks to his knock, West Indies got home with nine balls to spare. Post the game, skipper Carlos Brathwaite, was full of praise for his batsmen.
“Very, very happy,” said Brathwaite. “Yesterday we asked the batters to express themselves and take the mantle on. The last couple of games Marlon did really well for us. The crowds came out in big numbers and the smile on their faces does it for us. We talked about wrestling back the momentum.”
Adding that watching the IPL helped, he said,
“We have watched a lot of the IPL and wanted Bhuvneshwar to bowl three overs at the start; when that happened it was a box ticked. Lewis scored a century in Florida against India and today he showed significant growth from then in staying until the end and taking us through. It was a good total put up but we knew that we had it for us to chase it down.”
“Excellent bowling from Williams, he bowled superbly against Afghanistan in the two T20s and his sixth over where he got Virat changed the game for us. He is going from strength to strength,” Brathwaite further added.