West Indies defeated India in the second semi final of the ICC World T20 by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Thursday.
With the win, the West Indies, led by Darren Sammy, will face England in the final showdown on Sunday at the Eden Garden, Kolkata.
The standout performer for the West Indies was Lendl Simmons, who scored an outstanding 82 not out. Being caught three times in his innings, he was certainly riding on his luck as he was declared not out in each instance.
According to NDTV Sports, Simmons was at 18 when he thick edged Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery to Jasprit Bumrah on the second last ball of the seventh over. While the team and the spectators were celebrating, a confirmation made by the third umpire showed that Ashwin had overstepped.
The missed opportunity proved costly, as Simmons went on to score his half century in only 35 deliveries. The Indian team was gifted another chance on the final ball of the 15th over, when Simmons was caught off a full toss bowled by Hardik Pandya. This time, too, a no ball came in the way of India and a potential victory.
The third opportunity came when Simmons, on 68, was caught by Ravindra Jadeja; fearing he may step over the boundary, Jadega had lobbed the ball to Virat Kohli. But as it would happen, Jadeja had in fact stepped on the boundary rope while the ball was still in his hands; turning what could have been a vital wicket into a six.
Earlier in the West Indies’ innings, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels went early. The partnership of 97 for the third wicket between Johnson Charles and Simmons kept the hopes of a win alive.
As reported by Reuters, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane built a solid partnership of 62. Virat Kohli, who took his side to an impressive win against Australia in the previous match, scored another half century of the tournament – putting on a 66 run stand for the second wicket partnership with Rahane and 64 for the third with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India previously won the title in 2007, while West Indies were crowned champions in 2012.
The West Indies’ women’s team also triumphed in their semi final against New Zealand. They will now face champions Australia in the final on Sunday.