India and West Indies are all set to begin their post World Cup journey on August 3 with a Twenty 20 International series. Although West Indies will miss players like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, the Windies are generally famous for T20 blasts. On the other hand, India have fully loaded team with some new faces for the limited overs. We can easily expect some run fest from day one. A number of India West Indies Twenty 20 matches have witnessed some memorable knocks. Just before the series lets have a blast from the past!
1. DJ Bravo, Lords, 2009
India made a decent 153 in the 16th group match of 2009 Twenty 20 world cup. West Indies were 42-2 and visibly struggling after losing Chris Gayle in the 8th over. Dwayne Bravo was moved up in the order and sent of experienced batters like Ram Naresh Sarwan and Shiv Narine Chanderpaul. The move was tricky and could have easily gone against the Windies. But Bravo’s effort proved it to be a masterstroke as Bravo hit four boundaries and three maximums at the Home of Cricket to chase down the score in the 19th over. He ended with unbeaten 66 off 36 balls.
2. Virat Kohli, Mumbai, 2016
With the score on 62/1 Virat Kohli joined Ajinkya Rahane to carry Indians to the semi-finals of T20 World Cup in 2016. Rahane and Rohit Sharma provided a decent start to Virat Kohli just went with the flow. He hit 11 fours and a massive six during his knock of unbeaten 89 off 47 balls and provided the much needed fiery finish to take India’s total to 192/2.
3. Lendl Simmons, Mumbai, 2016
Even 192 proved to be short for India in the second semi-final of T20 World Cup 2016 against the T20 legends. Chasing 193, West Indies were crawling on 19/2 when Lendl Simmons anchored the innings. He batted his team through the trouble and scored 82 off 51 runs to bring back the spark. Later Andre Russell finished the job but what Simmons did to throw India out the tournament is one of the heroics of India- West Indies fixture.
4. Evin Lewis, Lauderhill, 2016
India’s first T20I match in the USA saw the rampage of Evin Lewis when put to bat first. Lewis and Charles raced past 100 in the 8th over opening the Windies innings. Lewis then scored his maiden T20 century off 49 balls with five fours and nine sixes. He hit Stuart Binny for five consecutive sixes in the 11th over of the innings and brought 200 runs for his team within 15th over.
5. KL Rahul, Lauderhill, 2016
It was the third-highest Twenty 20 score of that time set by the Caribbean side and India had to chase down 246 runs. Evin Lewin has blasted a 49-ball 100 in the course. Rohit Sharma provided the momentum with 28-ball 62 but India still needed almost 200 runs in 90 deliveries to win. Once Rohit was gone, KL Rahul took the lead and went on to hit 12 fours and five maximums to score 51-ball 110. Although Dhoni’s dismissal in the last ball helped the Windies to record 1-run victory, Rahul’s show is still recalled.
6. Evin Lewis – Jamaica, 2017
India set a big target of 191 for the West Indies. While chasing West Indies lost Chris Gayle in the 9th over and Evin Lewis took the charge. He single-handedly ran the show and went on a berserk mode to smash 125 off 62 balls. He ripped apart the Indian bowling with six fours and 12 huge sixes to clinch a victory in the 19th over.