Evin Lewis has smashed 130-ball career-best 176* in the fourth ODI against England in a run-fest at The Oval on Wednesday. He put on the fourth-highest ODI score by an West Indian.
Lewis brought up his second century in 94 balls. His previous ton was a year ago, 148 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in a tri-nation series. The left-hander was retired hurt after hitting 17 fours and 7 sixes in his 130-ball 176-run knock.
Lewis has registered 324 runs in his first two hundreds which is the second-most. Indian great MS Dhoni had the most runs in his first two hundreds, 331. He also scored 148 in his first ODI ton against Pakistan in Vishakhapatnam in 2005. In the same year, he had registered his career-best score 183* against Sri Lanka in Jaipur.
Although Lewis missed out on a double century and Dhoni’s record, he did create an unique record which he might not like to be a part of. He was hit on left foot after inside-edging a Jake Ball yorker in the 47th over. He was taken off for 176. It was the highest score by a batsman before getting retired hurt.
Lewis’ record defeated Sachin Tendulkar’s 163* vs New Zealand (only ODIs). He also took down Australia’s Charles Bannerman’s 165* in the inaugural Test match. So, Lewis has the highest score after getting retired hurt in international cricket.
The Trinidadian opener claimed another unwanted record. The highest aggregate of two ODI losses belongs to him, beating Sachin’s (175 and 146) and Rohit Sharma’s (171* and 150).
With Lewis’s 176, the year 2017 has seen four scores of 175+ for the first time in ODI history. Faf du Plessis (185 vs Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (181* vs South Africa), David Warner (179 vs Pakistan) were the previous men to gain scores of over 175 this calendar year.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com