Lendl Simmons Special Helps West Indies Beat India To Sail Into Final
Lendl Simmons's magnificent innings gave West Indies a thumping seven-wicket win over India to set-up the final clash against England in Kolkata.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl but Rohit Sharma gave India a fast start at the Wankhede. (Picture credit: AFP)
Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 62-run stand for the opening wicket. This was the best opening stand by this duo.
Rahane, who was playing his first match of the World T20, showed remarkable composure to score 40 off 35 balls.
Samuel Badree struck by removing Rohit Sharma for 43 but India were given a good start.
Virat Kohli came in and he survived being run-out twice of one ball as Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo missed.
Kohli opened up and he took the attack to the West Indies bowlers.
Kohli and Rahane shared a 66-run stand as India stared at a big total.
Kohli continued his magnificent form as he put India on course for a big score.
Kohli scored his 16th fifty, making him the player with the most fifties in the Twenty20 format.
Kohli blasted 89* off 47 balls and he was given good support by MS Dhoni as India managed 192/2 after 20 overs.
Chasing 193, West Indies lost Chris Gayle for five as Jasprit Bumrah cleaned him up with a low full toss.
Following Gayle and Marlon Samuels' cheap dismissal, Lendl Simmons steadied the ship along with Johnson Charles.
Virat Kohli struck with the ball after his exploits with the bat as he removed Charles for 52.
However, Andre Ruzsell joined Simmons and both took the attack to India. Simmons notched up his fifth fifty as India struggled in the death overs. Their 80-run stand helped West Indies defeat India by seven wickets to sail into the final.
West Indies qualified for the final for the second time as they looked to win their second World T20 title.
For Kohli and Dhoni, this was a sad end to their World T20 campaign. Kohli, who smashed three fifties in the tournament, was the one-man show for India while Dhoni's innovative captaincy gave the team several wonderful moments.
India were favorites for this match, but this loss comes as a big blow. West Indies will take on England in the final in Kolkata.