MUMBAI, INDIA – Aggressive run chase sees West Indies stun hosts India and claim a final showdown with England.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl in this crunch Semi Final and watched India post 192/2 from their 20 overs. This was mainly thanks to another masterclass from Viral Kohli.
Both Indian openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) got the show on the road scoring quickly before Sharma was trapped leg before by Samuel Badree with the score at 62.
Eight overs later Rahane was next to go caught by Dwayne Bravo off the bowling of Andre Russell and with the score on 128 it was looking a tad lean. Kohli though sprayed the ball to the boundary regularly in the closing overs scoring 11 fours and a maximum in his 89 not out, he and skipper MS Dhoni got India to a seemingly formidable 192/2.
In reply West Indies lost Chris Gayle in the second over he was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for 5, they found themselves at 26/2 when Marlon Samuels (8) was caught by Rahane from the bowling of Ashish Nehra.
Johnson Charles (52), man of the match Lendl Simmons (82*) and Russell who scored at over 200% for his 43* broke Indian hearts though, and swept the West Indies into Sundays’ final with England.
Afterwards jubilant West Indies skipper Sammy told Sky Sports “We knew it was going to be a massive step, against a very good Indian team. I must commend the whole team – we knew they would come hard at us in the powerplay – we stuck at it, knew it was a 200-par wicket and I kept telling the boys in the dressing room, I think they’re 10 runs short. Even when we lost Gayle, Charles and Simmons – just off the flight – played brilliant, with Russell putting the finishing touches on the performance.”
In reply losing Indian captain Dhoni explained to Sky Sports “The only thing I’m really disappointed in is the two no-balls. Other than that, the boys tried their best. We scored over 190 which I think was a very good score, so you just have to accept the result.”
What a game and what a final it promises to be on Sunday (2.30pm BST) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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