Simmons: We are not a one-man show
MUMBAI, India (CMC):
Semi-final hero Lendl Simmons has warned England that West Indies are not a "one-man show", but says the Caribbean side must now play well in tomorrow's final if they are to win the Twenty20 World Cup.
Simmons was the architect of the Windies' seven-wicket win over tournament favourites India at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, carving out a career-best unbeaten 82 off 51 deliveries, as they chased down 193 to win with two balls to spare.
"This chase proved that West Indies is not a one-man show. Chris (Gayle) did not get off tonight, but we still got to win the match," the Trinidadian told a post-game media conference.
"Chasing a big total, despite him getting out early, shows the character in our team. Every member in our team are match winners and we can back ourselves."
The final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be a rematch of the opening group match of the tournament which West Indies won convincingly, with superstar Gayle getting an unbeaten 100.
Despite the superb win on Thursday, however, Simmons said the final would pose different challenges and West Indies needed to adjust.
"We shouldn't be over confident. On the day, it'll be about which team plays better," he pointed out.
"We have to go to Kolkata and analyse the situation of the game. The conditions will be different, I'm sure. It won't be the perfect batting track like we got at Mumbai. The ball was turning in Kolkata. We have to see how it goes on Sunday."