Lendl Simmons’ blitzkrieg 91 helps West Indies beat Ireland by 9 wickets to level T20I series
By: AP | Basseterre (saint Kitts And Nevis) |

Published: January 20, 2020 10:09:52 am


Lendl Simmons hit 10 sixes in his 40-ball 91 (Source: Cricket Ireland/Twitter)

The veterans who will lead the West Indies’ protection of the Twenty20 World Cup later this 12 months mixed to information the staff to a nine-wicket win over Ireland Sunday which levelled the rain-affected three-match series at 1-1.

Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard took three wickets every because the West Indies bowled out Ireland for 138 in 19.1 overs and Lendl Simmons made a 28-ball half-century on his means to an unbeaten 91 from 40 balls. That steered the West Indies to their successful goal in solely 11 overs.

Simmons, who turns 35 this week, hit 10 sixes and 5 fours and shared a match-winning 133-run opening partnership with Evin Lewis who made 46.

“I’ve the liberty on this staff to exit and specific myself and the licence to go on the market and do what I do finest,“ Simmons stated.

“Coming again from Bangladesh I had some kind. In this series, I didn’t get a rating within the first sport or the second sport however I received a rating on this sport and I’m proud of that.“

Ireland received the primary match of the series by 4 runs whereas the second match on Saturday was rained out with out a consequence. The West Indies received the three-match one-day series between the groups 3-0.

Saturday’s efficiency was a reminder of their capacity within the shortest format simply over eight months out from the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I missed the final World Cup being injured and this 12 months’s World Cup is eight months away and we’ve lots of time to put together and rather a lot to get going proper so I’m trying ahead to that,“ Simmons stated.

Ireland made a blazing begin to its innings after being despatched in when the West Indies received the toss.

Kevin O’Brien struck 36 from 18 balls together with six fours and a six as Ireland reached 50 in solely 3.2 overs. But O’Brien was out, dismissed by Pollard in his first over, one ball earlier than a brief rain interruption and it misplaced momentum.

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Pollard, 32, turned the match within the West Indies’ favour when he claimed 3-17 from his 4 overs.

The 36-year-old Bravo, in his first T20 series for the West Indies since 2016, then took 3-19 from 3.1 overs to clear up the Ireland decrease order.

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