What a powerful display of the fearless batting, it has been very well demonstrated by the West Indies team! That too, after Gayle’s early exit - Lendl Simmons, a late replacement for the injured Fletcher, scored a smooth match-defining 83 of 51 balls and knocked India out of the World Cup. Simmons innings was special, as not only he displayed the unique quality of playing well to the situation, but also he constructed his innings gracefully and put the bad balls into the crowds promptly.
But let’s not forget this in a hurry that he was also dismissed twice of no balls and was once caught by Jadeja while his foot was touching the boundary rope. The ‘Lucky’ Simmons was caught twice but off no-balls from Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya, then had another slice of luck when Ravindra Jadeja caught him in mid-air but the fielder's foot came down on the boundary marker and the umpire signaled a six. We can also say that fortune favours the brave, was proved all right in the just concluded previous World Twenty20 semi-final game.
After early exit of Gayle, it was Charles, Simmons and then at the end Andre Russell fearless striking which proved that West Indies team is not about just one player. Earlier, also Fletcher, who was forced out after tweaking his hamstring while batting in West Indies' loss to Afghanistan on March 27, have won them a few matches in this present tournament. These magnificent performances have provided their team with a chance at winning the world T20 crown for the second time.
On the Indian side, what more could have Kohli done, especially after his stupendous batting and effective bowling. Shouldn’t Dhoni have brought him for his second over earlier? The captain was also let down by both his spinners.
In the end, the wicket did seem to be a batting paradise, one in which 192 wasn’t a good enough target. Hard lines that it was Kohli, who failed to do a Magician Sachin (remember Sachin's last over in the 1994 Hero Cup against South Africa, made India win by 1 run), who was hit for the winning runs, and certainly nobody can have done more in a losing cause. Simmons certainly had the luck - out twice off no balls and caught on the rope when Jadeja's foot was just over the boundary.
Well played West Indies with some fierce hitting. England, who defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final, will take on Darren Sammy's team in the final of the T20 World Cup at the Eden Gardens on Sunday (3 April).