Lewis de­fies cramps to be­come lead­ing scorer

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

West Indies ODI opener Evin Lewis. BU­L­AWAYO, Zim­babwe (CMC): EST INDIES bats­man Evin Lewis has be­come the lead­ing scorer in the cur­rent Tri-Na­tions Se­ries af­ter scor­ing his maiden one day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) cen­tury here on Wed­nes­day.

Lewis roared to148 off 122 balls in just his fourth ODI, to pro­pel a run chase against Sri Lanka, but West Indies lost by just one run in a tense en­counter.

The 24-year-old left-han­der struck 15 bound­aries and four sixes – to record the sec­ond high­est score by a West Indian in Zim­babwe.

“Yes, it’s a good feel­ing. I got to open to­day. I went out there and was pos­i­tive about my­self. I felt good,” said Lewis, now the tour­na­ment’s lead­ing run scorer with 193 runs in three in­nings.

“It was al­ways a tough tar­get to get. The play­ers tried their best to get the score. We came very close to win­ning the game and it is good to see we went out there and was pos­i­tive.”

Lewis stared in an open­ing stand of 63 with

WJohn­son Charles, who scored 26 and 70 for the sec­ond wicket with Kraigg Brath­waite. West Indies must beat Zim­babwe in to­day’s vir­tual semi-fi­nal en­counter to ad­vance to Sun­day’s fi­nal against Sri Lanka.

“It is a must-win sit­u­a­tion we are in against Zim­babwe. We have to go out there and re­group as a team and play our best cricket,” said Lewis.

Lewis, pro­moted to the open­ing spot, recorded his sec­ond in­ter­na­tional cen­tury of the year – fol­low­ing his 100 against In­dia in the T20 Se­ries in Florida.

How­ever he rode his luck dur­ing his en­ter­pris­ing in­nings by sur­viv­ing sev­eral chances and also strug­gled to re­cover from a bout of cramps dur­ing his stay at the crease.

“It was a bit of pain. Af­ter I hit the first six I felt some­thing in my leg,” said Lewis.

“I said at the end of the day, I have to pull through this in­nings for the team, and I just kept go­ing from there.”


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