Opening batsman Evin Lewis smashed 12 sixes in an unbeaten century as the West Indies beat India by nine wickets in a one-off Twenty20 international in Jamaica on Sunday.
Lewis upstaged hometown hero Chris Gayle by smashing 125 not out off 62 deliveries, a run rate of more than two per ball as he scored the third-highest total in a T20 international.
West Indies won with nine balls to spare, making 1-194 off 18.3 overs in reply to India’s 6-190 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Lewis clinching the victory in style by sweeping spinner Ravindra Jadeja over the boundary rope.
The 25-year-old Trinidadian became the third player to score two T20 international centuries, after Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.
Only Australians Aaron Finch (156) and Glenn Maxwell (145 not out) have recorded higher scores.
Gayle, in his first appearance for the Windies since they won the World Twenty20 15 months ago, compiled a relatively subdued 18 off 20 balls, while Marlon Samuels chipped in with 36 not out.
The West Indies might have become easy-beats in Test cricket, but they showed on Sunday how dangerous they can be in the shortest version of the sport, especially with the bat.
“Five games in a row, in the ODIs, I didn’t do well but I kept believing in my ability and today I came out trumps,” Lewis said, referring to his slim pickings in the one-day international series that preceded the one-off T20.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite revealed he had offered his batsmen a sweetener.
“Yesterday we asked for the batters to go out and express themselves,” Brathwaite said.
“I gave them the captain’s incentive, whoever goes and gets a 50 gets half my match fee. We wanted to put smiles on the faces of the fans.”
India captain Virat Kohli scored 39 off 22 balls as his team wrapped up their short Caribbean tour on a sour note after they won the ODI series 3-1.
“West Indies have a good T20 team,” Kohli said. “They have carried on with the same team for a couple of years, and in experimental stage we’ve had ups and downs.”