Lendl Simmons, who was given multiple reprieves, remained unbeaten until the end on 82 as his side sealed a seven wicket victory with two balls to spare, replying with 196 for 3 to India’s 192 for 2.
Simmons, later named the match’ MVP, 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 signalled a six.
Match over, Simmons first spoke of how, when and why he ended up in India after first being picked on the team, then having to withdraw citing a back injury and replaced by Andre Fletcher who himself got injured.
Simmons gave his take on India’s imposing score
Simmons gave his approach to his batting
And how he rates his T20 career-high knock
Before Simmons delivered, India’s new talismanic batsman Virat Kohli continued his fine performance with the bat as his unbeaten 89, accompanied by openers Ajinkya Rahane (40) and Rohit Sharma (43), helped India post a total of 192 for the loss of two wickets in 20 overs. However, that proved in sufficient for the 2007 T20 World Cup champion as they were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-final.