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.