Lewis hits six sixes as West Indies beat Afghanistan again

By Sports Desk November 14, 2019

Evin Lewis produced a fiery batting display as West Indies made a winning start to their Twenty20 series against Afghanistan.

After a 3-0 success in the ODI games, the apparent wide gulf between the sides was exposed again as West Indies powered to a 30-run victory.

West Indies posted 164-5 as Lewis flayed Afghanistan for 68 from 41 deliveries, before the minnows were limited to 134-9 in reply.

Curiously, a cloud reportedly made up of insect repellent forced a delayed start to the night match in Lucknow, but there was little holding back Lewis once he found his rhythm.

Despite failing to score a run from the first seven balls he faced, Lewis made up for lost time with a brutal assault of the Afghanistan attack.

He was eventually caught by Mohammad Nabi off Gulbadin Naib, having plundered six sixes and four fours, and captain Kieron Pollard added middle-order impetus with 32 from 22 balls to help West Indies to their competitive total.

Four Afghanistan batsmen went past 20 but Najibullah Zadran top-scored with just 27. Fareed Ahmad was unbeaten on 24 after a late flourish, but momentum was always lacking.

Early wickets fell at a steady rate before four fell for just seven runs as the run rate soared, West Indies quick Kesrick Williams returning of 3-17 from four overs.

Pollard also poached two wickets to swing man-of-the-match honours his way.

The second and third matches in the T20 series take place on Saturday and Sunday before a one-off Test, which gets underway on November 27.

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    Career Statistics (2011-present)

    Full name: Joseph Edward Root

    Born: December 30, 1990, Sheffield, Yorkshire (29)

    Major teams: England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Sydney Thunder, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s

    Playing role: Top-order batsman

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak

     

    T20I Career

    Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF      SR       100   50     4s      6s    

    32       30       5      893      90*   35.72    707   126.30     0      5      92      16   

    T20 Career

    Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50    4s     6s     

    72         66    13    1619      92*   30.54    1288      125.69      0      9    180    24    

     

    Career Highlights

    • 32 T20I caps scoring 893 runs at 35.72
    • 1619 T20 runs at average of 30.54
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