India will take on West Indies at the Wankhede in Mumbai in the second semi-final of the World T20. Although the two teams have played just four T20Is between each other sharing 2:2 win-loss record, there have been some impressive performances with both the bat and ball in T20Is involving these two teams. Cricwizz looks at such brilliant performances.
Chris Gayle’s 98 at Bridgetown in 2010: This came in the 2010 World T20. Gayle smashed the Indian bowling attack to all parts of the ground to help West Indies score a match-winning total of 169/6. Gayle made 98 off just 66 balls with 5 fours and 7 sixes. Gayle scored 58 % of the team’s total and almost batted the entire 20 overs. He also took a wicket as West Indies restricted India to 155/9 to win by 14 runs.
Dwayne Bravo’s 66 not out at Lord’s in 2009: Chasing a target of 154, Dwayne Bravo played a brilliant innings of 66 to take West Indies home. Coming to bat at 42/2 in the 8th over, Bravo launched into the fifth gear straight away, batting at a strike rate of over 180. He made 66 not out off just 36 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes to take West Indies across the finish line. LMP Simmons played a good supporting act with 44, but it was Bravo’s knock that took West Indies through.
Rohit Sharma’s 62 not out at Dhaka in 2014: Chasing a low target can be tricky. But Indian opener Rohit Sharma had other plans. He played a brilliant innings of 62 not out to take India across the finish line. He along with Virat Kohli put up a match-winning partnership of 106 runs. Rohit scored 62 not out off 55 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes to take India home.
Darren Sammy’s 4/16 at Trinidad in 2011: The West Indian bowler got the Indian top-order in all sort of problems with his swing, reducing them to 56/4 in 9 overs. Openers Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan; Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina all fell to Sammy. However, a fighting 43 from S Badrinath saw India post a competitive 159/6. The Indian bowling and fielding came good to post a 16-run win as Sammy’s four-wicket burst went in vain.
Fidel Edwards’ 3/24 at Lords’ in 2009: The West Indian bowler with a sling-arm action had the Indian batsmen in all sorts of trouble and took 3/24 to make life difficult for India. He dismissed Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to break the back of Indian line-up. India could post 153/7 which West Indies chased down comfortably with 7 wickets to spare.