Simmons, Pollard, Bravo help WI even series

Open­er Lendl Sim­mons flirt­ed with a maid­en Twen­ty20 In­ter­na­tion­al hun­dred as the West In­dies crushed Ire­land by nine wick­ets in the fi­nal match here Sun­day night to earn a share of the three-match se­ries.

Need­ing a vic­to­ry at Warn­er Park to avoid a fifth straight T20 se­ries de­feat, the Windies rolled the vis­i­tors over for 138 in the fi­nal over be­fore over­haul­ing the un­com­pli­cat­ed tar­get with a whop­ping nine overs to spare.

Sim­mons, en­joy­ing a new lease on his ca­reer, smashed a scin­til­lat­ing un­beat­en 91 from 40 balls, a knock high­light­ed by five fours and 10 six­es.

He put on 133 for the first wick­et with Evin Lewis, who carved out 46 off 25 de­liv­er­ies with four fours and three six­es be­fore per­ish­ing in the 11th over with six runs re­quired for vic­to­ry.

The three-match se­ries fin­ished 1-1 af­ter Ire­land won last Wednes­day’s open­er in Grena­da by four runs and the sec­ond match on Sat­ur­day was rained off.

Ear­li­er, vet­er­an all-rounder Dwayne Bra­vo be­came West In­dies’ high­est wick­et-tak­er in T20 In­ter­na­tion­als when he snatched three for 19 to help throw Ire­land in­to strife af­ter they were sent in.

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