Simmons Powers West Indies To Series-levelling T20 Win In India
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Sun 08th December 2019 | 11:20 PM
Thiruvananthapuram, India, Dec 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Dec, 2019 ) :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 on Sunday.
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.
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.
Kohli covered good ground while running from long on to catch the ball and maintained control after taking a tumble as his sliding body stayed inside the rope.
India lost their openers with the score on 56 but the left-handed Dube, promoted to number three in the batting order, counter attacked with three fours and four sixes.
"But if we field so poorly, no amount of runs will be enough." Kohli mistimed a cut to be caught at short third man for 19 off Williams but only after edging past Rohit Sharma as the world's most prolific T20 scorer with 2,563 runs.
The third and final match is in Mumbai on Wednesday.