West Indies made their way into the final of World T20 2016 by trouncing the hosts in vintage fashion by 7 wickets in Mumbai.
Chasing a stiff target of 193 runs the Windies lost their explosive opener Gayle early in the piece followed by Samuels but that did not stop them as they played with a positive approach and kept up with the run rate to register a convincing win against the mighty Indian side.
Captain Darren Sammy was glad to see the way his team approached this match and considered his side to be unit filled with plenty of match winners rather than just depending on the Gayle-Storm.
“We knew it was going to be a massive step, against a very good India team, I must commend the whole team, we knew halfway they were 10 runs short. Even when we lost Gayle, Simmons, Charles and Russell took the responsibility,” said Sammy.
“I was just praying we win the toss, I surprised myself winning five out of five. We came here on a mission, we were inspired by the U-19 boys earlier this year, the ladies won earlier today, now we have two West Indies team in the final.
“We feel this is this West Indies team against everyone else. Everyone said Chris is under pressure but I said it, we have 15 match winners,” said Sammy.
As they say fortune favors the brave and Lendl Simmons must have felt he was the luckiest person going around as he was given three opportunities (dismissed twice on a no-ball and a missed catch at the boundary line) during his match winning innings of 82 runs in just 51 balls. Simmons was playing his first match of the tournament as he had flown in to replace the injured Andre Fletcher and perhaps he was acclimatized with conditions in Mumbai, being a Mumbai Indian player, which helped him settle in rather easily.
“I slept the whole flight, I had got a call after the Afghanistan game and they asked if I was fit to play, I said yeah … I played for Mumbai, I enjoy this pitch. I think it was one of my better innings … I got the opportunity to prove myself to my fans
“Playing on this pitch I know 180-190 was a par score. The guys said they were 10 runs short, I believed that … I got three chances, two no-balls and a six went my way and I cashed in.”