Oct 18, 3:15 am

 Windies batsman Evin Lewis was made Man-of the Match for his performance against the Netherlands in the fourth and final Group A match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.

The 26-year-old left-hander made a rapid 84 in an opening stand of 85 off just 8.3 overs with Chris Gayle – who smashed 46 off 31 balls on a good pitch at Harare Sports Cup. Lewis faced just 92 balls and hit six fours and four sixes.

The knock helped propel Windies to 309-6 off their allotted 48 overs – on a day interrupted by rain. Marlon Samuels added a stroke-filled 73 not out off 84 balls with five boundaries, while Rovman Powell struck three huge sixes in 52 off 38, to boost the total.

The Netherlands reached 167-6 off 28.4 overs before rain brought an end to the match. Windies won 54 runs (DLS Method) — fourth win in a row and topped Group A – thereby gaining qualification to the Super Six stage.

During the Dutch run chase Lewis featured again with an amazing direct hit from the outfield, which accounted for a crucial wicket.

It was one of three runs outs in the innings and accounted for opener Wesley Baressi (64) who shared a fluent century partnership with Ryan ten Doeschate (67 not out).

The Windies first match of the Super Sixes will be against Afghanistan on Thursday at Harare Sports Club.

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