Simmons blitz knocks India out of World T20
MUMBAI: Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a nail-biting seven-wicket win in the last over against India in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 on Thursday.
Simmons was caught twice at the Wankhede Stadium, on 18 and 50, but both times the bowlers had overstepped for no-balls and he made the hosts pay dearly for their mistakes as West Indies set up a final against England on Sunday.
Earlier, Virat Kohli continued his rich vein of form by smashing an undefeated 89 to guide India to 192 for two after they were put in to bat. West Indies lost Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels early in their reply but opener Johnson Charles kept them in the hunt with a 36-ball 52 and a third-wicket stand of 97 with Simmons. The right-handed Simmons plays for Mumbai in the Indian Premier League and was only called into the squad two days ago as a replacement for the injured Andre Fletcher.
He cracked seven fours and five sixes in 51 balls and added an unbeaten 80 with Andre Russell for the fourth wicket to take West Indies home with two balls to spare.
Russell, known for his powerful hitting, contributed 43 off 20 deliveries.
Earlier, the West Indian bowlers began strongly, allowing the home team just six runs in the first couple of overs but India then took control in front of a stadium filled to the brim with fans wearing the team’s blue jersey.
India, the inaugural champions in 2007, dropped under-performing opener Shikhar Dhawan and the move paid off as Rohit Sharma (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) put on 62 for the first wicket.
That laid the perfect foundation for Kohli, who led his side into the last four with 82 not out against Australia in the previous match, as he compiled a third unbeaten half-century in the tournament.
Kohli began nervously, twice going close to being run out, but made the opposition pay for failing to take their chances.
He struck 11 fours and a six in his 47-ball knock, putting on 66 for the second wicket with Rahane and an unbroken 64 for the third with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (15 not out).
West Indies’ women also reached the final as captain Stafanie Taylor scored 25 and took three wickets to help defeat New Zealand by six runs and set up a final against champions Australia on Sunday.
T20Is have produced some breathtaking batting performances over the years. The shortest format of the cricket has provided some high-class entertainment at the highest level of cricket. On flat pitches, batsmen love going hammer and tongs from the outset to put pressure on the bowlers. Some of the greatest crowd-pullers have enthralled fans with their incredible batting exploits in the format. Here’s a look at 10 men with fifty or more scores in T20Is.
10. Mohammad Shahzad – 10:
The hard-hitting opening batsman for Afghanistan who is also an Idol of Indian captain MS Dhoni & fond of his helicopter shots. Shahzad did well in T20Is for his team which made him the leading run-scorer for Afghanistan & the only player from his team to reach the 1000-run milestone in this format. He has played 48 T20Is and scored 1367 runs at an average of 29.71 with a career best of 118* against Zimbabwe in 2015.
The Indian dominance in the field is now pretty much evident. The Indian cricket team is winning matches and they are absolutely all over the place with their brilliant skills with the bat and ball. Now the Indian players have started influencing the umpires as well.
As a team, India is batting against the West Indies in the world T20. Virat Kohli has asked the umpire for a no-ball and it was given after his inquiry. This is what the Indian cricket has done to the international cricket.
Bravo banged in a short ball and as it went over the head of the star Indian player Virat Kohli, he immediately looked towards the leg side umpire and questioned the legality of the ball and the umpire gave it a no ball.
If Kohli had not asked for it then surely this ball would have definitely been not given as a no ball. Bravo looked surprised on the call but he did not argue much and went back to his bowling action. West Indian captain Darren Sammy himself looked with a questioned face.
West Indies have to bowl well here. This is a knockout game and hence keeping India to a low total will be the key for West Indies. They missed out an easy run out chance in fact two chances on one ball that could have ended Virat Kohli’s presence in the crease. These moments will matter for them. West Indies need to keep their head clear and bowl as per their field set.