Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis helps West Indies level T20I series

Opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis delivered splendid performances as West Indies beat India by eight wickets in the second T20I in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday to level three-match series 1-1.

The day started with West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard winnings the toss and decided to field first.His decision proved to correct as Jason Holder and Khary Pierre picked up wickers with the new-ball to reduce India to 56-2 after 7.4 overs. Openers Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul failed to capitalize on their good starts.

All-rounder Shivam Dube wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant delivered credible performances to help India post a decent of 170 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

However, once Pant departed in the 16th over, India struggled to score quick runs in the later stages of the innings.

Shivam Dube notched up maiden half-century in the T20 format for India and finished the innings with the top score of 54 off 30 with the help of three fours and four sixes, whereas Rishabh Pant chipped in with 33 off 22 balls with the help off three fours and one six.

For West Indies, Pacer Kesrick Williams made a strong comeback in this game and finished with outstanding figures of 2-30 in his four overs, whereas leg-spinner Hayden Walsh claimed two wickets.

Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis delivered spectacular performances to see West Indies beat India by eight wickets to make it 1-1 with one match to go

Chasing 171 to level the series, the opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis got the side off to good start. The duo put on a 73-run partnership to lay down foundation for the likes of Shimron Hetymer and wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran to play their natural game. Lewis played well and departed in the 10th over of the innings. Left-hander scored 40 runs off 35 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.

A fantastic 61-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Simmons and Pooran  made sure West Indies went over the line with nine balls to space.

Lendl Simmons finished the innings with the top score 67 not out off 45 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes, whereas Pooran scored unbeaten 38 off 18 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.

For his blistering 67 runs for West Indies , opener Lendl Simmons was awarded man of the match.

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