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Evin Lewis' 91 helps West Indies remain alive in series

Evin Lewis knock came off just 51 deliveries
Evin Lewis knock came off just 51 deliveries

West Indies 138-3 (Lewis 91) beat
Pakistan 137-8 (Akmal 48) by seven wickets
Third Twenty20 International in Trinidad

Evin Lewis scored a brisk 91 as West Indies chased down 138 against Pakistan in 14.5 overs to win the third Twenty20 International in Trinidad by seven wickets and keep their chances alive in the series.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Ahmed Shehzad (4) started the innings positively with a boundary but was castled by Samuel Badree (2-22) in the second delivery of the innings and two deliveries later, the leg spinner also had Imad Wasim (0) stumped to leave the visitors reeling at four for two.

Kamran Akmal (48) and Babar Azam (43) scored four boundaries and a six between them to take Pakistan to 42 for two at the end of the powerplay.

The fifty run partnership between the two came in the eighth over and with a six and a four, Akmal helped Pakistan to 76 for two at halfway mark. With the wicket of Akmal, who holed out to deep off Marlon Samuels (1-11), the complexion of the game changed completely.

Shoaib Malik (2), Sarfraz Ahmed (3) and Wahab Riaz (1) all fell early but a run-a-ball knock from Fakhar Zaman (21) took Pakistan to 137 for eight in their 20 overs. Bardree was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with two wickets.

In the chase, West Indies lost Chadwick Walton (1) early when he found the deep square leg fielder but Lewis (91) struck three sixes in the final two overs of the powerplay to take West Indies to 49 for one.

Lewis added a vital 56 run stand with Samuels (18) and another 76 run stand with Jason Mohammed (17 not out) to take West Indies to the course of win, which they completed in the 15th over.

Lewis' fifty came off just 34 deliveries but missed out on a deserving century by nine runs as West Indies now trail Pakistan by 2-1 in the series with one more to go. Lewis was adjudged the player of the match.

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