The West Indies booked a ICC World Twenty20 final with England after beating hosts India in the semi-finals of the sixth edition of the event in
The West Indies booked a ICC World Twenty20 final with England after beating hosts India in the semi-finals of the sixth edition of the event in Mumbai.
India appeared in control of the encounter when they set the target of 192 for 2 with Virat Kohli’s stunning unbeaten 89.
When star batsman Chris Gayle was bowled for five in the second over the Windies looked out of the chase.
But there proved to be another hero at the crease for the 2012 champions and that was Lendl Simmons.
Simmons only arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday as a replacement for Andre Fletcher and he certainly made his emergency call up count.
He smashed 83 runs from 51 balls in an innings that saw him walk back to the pavillion on three occasions thinking he was out only to be called back to the crease by the umpire – once for the fielder catching him but touching the boundary rope and the others for being caught twice off no balls.
The Windies pummelled the boundary every time they had a whiff and ended with 20 fours and 11 sixes.
Andre Russell hit the winning runs – slugging it for six – as West Indies reached 193 with two balls to spare for a seven-wicket victory.
They now move on to face 2010 winners England in the showpiece match in Kolkata on Sunday – a final that whatever the result will produced the tournament’s first ever two-time champion.