West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels.
Associated Press / Andres Leighton, File

West Indies hard-hitting opener Evin Lewis has jumped 11 places into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings, following his half-century in the decisive third Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in Dhaka recently.

The left-hander now lies fourth and is now only behind top-ranked Pakistan Babar Azam, New Zealander Colin Munro and Australian Aaron Finch, who lies third.

Lewis smashed 89 as West Indies beat Bangladesh by 50 runs to claim the three-match series (2-1).

The knock was his first of note in a bilateral series since he struck a half-century against England in September 2017.

He managed just two and one against Bangladesh in the Caribbean last year and had scores of 18 and one in the opening matches of the recently concluded series.

Lewis missed the tour of India last year (2018) for personal reasons. He is the only active West Indies player in the top 50, with veteran Marlon Samuels lying 42nd in the batting rankings.

The Trinidadian was one of several West Indies players making strides in the rankings.

West Indies’ Evin Lewis celebrates after he scored a century against India during a T20I at Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Associated Press / Ricardo Mazalan, File

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