West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Port of Spain April 1, 2017

Evin Lewis' 91 keeps series alive

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West Indies 138 for 3 (Lewis 91) beat Pakistan 137 for 8 (Kamran 48, Babar 43) by seven wickets
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Evin Lewis belted nine sixes in an innings of 91 off 51 balls © AFP

In a nutshell

This was the batting performance everyone was waiting for from the world champions. West Indies had only 138 to chase down, but it was still five runs more than the target they couldn't get to two days ago. But, making sure those bad memories didn't well up, and more importantly that the series stayed alive, was opener Evin Lewis. The 25-year-old smashed his first T20I fifty - he already has a hundred - countering everything that was thrown at him. Perhaps the only thing he wasn't tested against was scoreboard pressure, because Pakistan didn't have any to apply. Their batting underwhelmed so much that they lost two wickets in the first over and suffered five single-digit scores.

Where the game was won

In the chase, because West Indies' batting seems like a chocolate eclair right now: solid on the outside, but gets all gooey in the middle. And when Chadwick Walton fell in the second over, Pakistan were starting to lick their fingers. Then came two successive fifty partnerships. Lewis led both of them, putting on 56 runs in 40 balls with Marlon Samuels and 76 off 40 with debutant Jason Mohammed.

The men who won it

Man, actually. Lewis, standing tall and smashing sixes like the legends of old. There were nine in all - one of them brought up his half-century - and each of them was an event. The flourish of the bat, the arch of the back, the sheer power and the disdainful look. He finished with 91 off 51, the highest score by any batsman against Pakistan in T20Is and his lasting 14.4 overs in the chase completely nullified Shadab Khan's impact. Until this match, the 18-year old legspinner had taken seven wickets at an average of 3 and strike-rate of 6.8. On Saturday, he went for 38 runs in 3.5 overs, 25 of which came off Lewis' bat.

Moment of the Match

It was the start of the 13th over of the Pakistan innings. Facing it was Kamran Akmal. He had helped steady the team after a dramatic wobble and was on 48 off 36 balls. The full toss that Marlon Samuels bowled should have been reward for all the good work he had done until then. But it ended up dismissing him, as he pulled straight to Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket. West Indies took control from that point on, picking up six wickets and conceding only 45 runs in the last eight overs. Kesrick Williams' slower offcutters - rather similar to Mustafizur Rahman's - were vital towards the end, having been set up by Samuel Badree's 2 for 22 earlier.

Where they stand

West Indies' seven-wicket victory, with 5.1 overs to spare, meant the fourth and final T20I on Sunday becomes a decider. If the hosts win it, they level the series. Otherwise, Pakistan get to take home the trophy.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roger on April 4, 2017, 20:46 GMT

    There is no doubt that there are loads of talent in the West Indies but their problems lie, first and foremost, in their collective mind as well as the Board approach to selection and other important policy positions. Unless things seriously change ( no signs yet that that is even on the horizon), that team will always give 'flash in the pan' performances that tantalize yet ultimately disappoint. And I am a fan.

  • slicks5077821 on April 3, 2017, 22:40 GMT

    Yea boy Lewis...................doe worry ur IPL contract coming b4 2017 season finish.

  • Richard on April 2, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    We may not be on always agree with everyone opinion but its inappropriate and discourteous to tell someone to hush in this forum. If you don't like what someone writes, just ignore them just like what I do about Metman most of the times

  • Josiah on April 2, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    @mncg 4 tenths of a seconds is a long time, for example during the recent ind vs aus series I saw Smith gobbling up edges at slip that took .1 to reach him and saw some drops by Indians that took a little longer.

  • Josiah on April 2, 2017, 15:43 GMT

    Johnny hush nah. gosh man.

  • Dar on April 2, 2017, 15:39 GMT

    For Gods sake- drop prince Ahmed Shehzad. He is simply adding to the miseries of pak team

  • Kendel3456385 on April 2, 2017, 15:03 GMT

    again carlos has failed in his captaincy. in the early period where the slow bowlers were dominating he failed to bring on samuels or mohammed who could have bowled a few overss between them. instead he waited till around the 13th over to bring samuels on and once he did samuels immediately got the wicket of the danger man akmal. who knows what could have happened if he had brought them on earlier when badree had taken the 2 early wickets. carlos should consider himself lucky that Lewis bailed him out this time else it would have been 3-0. also what are the coaching staff doing??? absolutely poor fielding from the windies so far in this series...

  • Omar Ashraf Baig on April 2, 2017, 15:00 GMT

    kamran hafeez fakhar babar malik sarfraz imad shadab wahab rumman hasan shud b the 11 playing this game

  • Harleen on April 2, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    @MOHAMMAD ZAMIN, How the hell my praise for the WI make me 'unsporting' ? Your previous victories were narrow, and relied on guile of one bowler that too because of unfamiliarity of the WI with him. Now you take it. Going by your comment, I see you being unsporting.

  • Waqas on April 2, 2017, 14:15 GMT

    Series 2 -1 now. This time bowling could not save poor batting display. Disappointing the way Pakistan lost after leading 2-0. Batting is failing again and again. Pakistan was in a strong position to score 160-170 in that match. Anyway it's over and series can still be won by better batting display in last match. Many changes in batting are required but for the remaining match we have to just rely on those batsmen and hope for better performance. In the long run it will continue like that if those players are not replaced after this series.

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