West Indies Cut Down Big Target To Make WT20 Final
MUMBAI, India, Sporting Alert – West Indies showed that they are not a one-man team after gunning-down a big total to beat host India and booked a place in the final of the World Twenty20 tournament on Thursday.
The Caribbean side chased down the 193 runs India set for victory by making 196 for three with two balls left.
“We knew it was going to be a massive step against a very good Indian team,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said.
“But I kept telling the boys in the dressing room that they were 10 runs short,” Sammy added.
Hard hitting opener Chris Gayle failed with the bat after making just five, but the skipper remained confident in the overall team as the travelers powered to the seven wicket victory.
Sammy added: “Chris is our batting match winner, but we have 15 players.”
Lendl Simmons, returning to the side as a replacement for Andre Fletcher, who injured his hamstring in Nagpur on Sunday, led the way for the West Indies with a Man-of-the-Match performance of 83 not out from 51 deliveries, which included 7 fours and 5 sixes.
“I’ll say this is one of my better innings,” Simmons said after his match-winning knock.
At the end of the game, all-rounder Andre Russell, who hit the winning runs, was there with him undefeated as well on 43 off 20 balls, which included 3 fours and 4 very important sixes.
Johnson Charles made 52 from 36 balls, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Batting first, India made 192 for two with Virat Kohli anchoring the host innings with an undefeated 89.
“I think the boys tried their best,” MS Dhoni said.
India came into the tournament as the favourite to lift the title, but fell short of the overall goal.
West Indies will now take on English into the final on April 3.
India 192/2 v West Indies 196/3 (19.4/20 ov) West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)