Saturday, 18 January 2020

Simmons powers West Indies to series-levelling T20 win in India

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HIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opener Lendl Simmons struck an attacking 67 to lead the West Indies to a series-levelling eight-wicket win over India in the second Twenty20 international.

Simmons put on crucial partnerships including a 73-run opening stand with Evin Lewis, who made 40, as West Indies chased down 171 in 18.3 overs to level the three-match series at 1-1 in Thiruvananthapuram.

Simmons survived a dropped catch on six by Washington Sundar to complete his sixth T20 fifty and anchor the chase after their bowlers limited the hosts to 170 for seven.

He found support in wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, who hit the winning boundary to finish unbeaten on 38 off 18 balls after returning to the side following his four-match ban for ball tampering.

“To be able to restrict India to 170 after my expensive over, it was fantastic,” said West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard.

“The way we batted, we had discussed how to approach the game, and the boys played it well. We have some guys who have done well from the CPL (Caribbean Premier League T20), and we are excited for them.”

Paceman Kesrick Williams and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh claimed two wickets each to play a key part.

Simmons, who hit four fours and four sixes in his 45-ball knock, and the left-handed Pooran put on 61 runs to flatten the Indian bowling that was let down by some sloppy fielding.

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