Tuesday 6 December 2016

Simmons rides luck as Windies end India dream

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a seven-wicket win in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 and end India’s dream of winning the title on home soil. Photo: Getty
Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a seven-wicket win in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 and end India’s dream of winning the title on home soil. Photo: Getty

Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a seven-wicket win in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 and end India's dream of winning the title on home soil.

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Simmons was caught three times at the Wankhede Stadium but made the most of his reprieves to help West Indies set up a final against England on Sunday.

On 18 and 50 he escaped after the bowlers had overstepped for no-balls. He had luck on his side on 68 when Ravindra Jadeja snapped him up on the boundary but stepped on the rope as he lobbed the ball to Virat Kohli, turning a possible dismissal into a six.

Earlier, 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 the dangerous 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 that proved crucial.

Record

Elsewhere, Isobel Joyce has called an end to her six-year stint as Ireland captain after leading her country in a record 62 internationals, including two successful World T20 qualifying campaigns.

Joyce won the first of her 132 caps in 1999, becoming the fourth member of Ireland's best-known cricketing family to wear the green, after brothers Ed, Dominick and Angus, and two years before her twin Cecelia followed her into the national side.

"It's been an honour and a privilege to captain my country," the 32-year-old Merrion all-rounder said. "I've played cricket for Ireland for over half of my life and while I intend to continue playing, I feel it's time to step aside and help a younger leader to learn the captaincy role."

Kim Garth is favourite to take the reins for a busy international summer for the squad, that includes a seven-match series against South Africa.

Irish Independent

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