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Kamran Akmal plays a shot en route to his 48 vs West Indies during 3rd T20I at Port of Spain on Saturday © AFP
Evin Lewis thrashed his way to 91 off 51 balls as the West Indies swept aside Pakistan by seven wickets in the third T20 International at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Saturday. Responding to the visitors’ total of 137 for eight, Lewis hoisted nine sixes and belted five fours in a hurricane innings that kept the series alive going into the final match on Sunday at the same venue with Pakistan holding a 2-1 advantage. His assault was in stark contrast to the struggles of most of the Pakistani batsmen, with the notable exception of Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam, as a strong position was frittered away by the combination of careless strokeplay and disciplined West Indies bowling through the final eight overs of their innings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd T20I at Port of Spain
Lewis lost opening partner Chadwick Walton early on in the chase to an excellent diving catch by Fakhar Zaman running in from the square-leg boundary off Sohail Tanvir. Yet it was Tanvir who would suffer the most to the flailing blade of the left-hander. Summoned by captain Sarfraz Ahmed in a desperate attempt to stem the flood of runs, Tanvir was plastered for 24 runs in the 14th over of the innings, an assault that ended the match as a contest. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd T20I at Port of Spain
Marlon Samuels helped him add 56 runs for the second wicket and debutant Jason Mohammed looked composed in a third-wicket stand of 76, his contribution being an unbeaten 17. But everything else in the match paled in comparison to Lewis’ relentless assault which ended with victory in sight as Wahab Riaz held the catch at long-off to give Shadab Khan the wicket.
(With inputs from AFP)