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ICC World T20: India did well but lost as West Indies did better

India had put up a good total thanks to another classic Virat Kohli knock and had sent the dangerous Chris Gayle back in the pavilion in just the second over of the innings. They had reduced the West Indies to 19/2 within 3 overs and still they managed to lose the match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The blame game had already started during the innings break as social media went crazy over Ajinkya Rahane's 35-ball 40. Many thought he was too slow, thus hampering the brisk scoring for the team.

Lendl Simmons took a flight to Mumbai, swung his bat, got caught twice, but was called back because replays showed the bowlers had over-stepped, scored 82 runs and helped West Indies chase down 193 to enter the finals.

Simmons, Andre Russell and James Charles scored brilliantly for the West Indies. They thrashed the Indian bowling, hitting sixes and fours almost every over, bringing down the run-rate and pressure at will.

When India batted, Rahane could hit just two fours, Kohli managed a six and 11 fours and Dhoni hit just one boundary. In contrast, Charles, Simmons and Russel hit 11 sixes and 17 fours. Their big hitting proved the difference in the end.

Rohit Sharma hit the first ball of the third over, bowled by Carlos Braithwaite, over the long-on boundary. His shot suggested India needed big hits to set a big target, but lost the opportunity to score another 10-15 when Rohit got out trying to turn a Badree Samuels ball on the leg side.

When Jaspreet Bumra bowled Chris Gayle's off stump in the second over and Marlon Samuels also left soon, India headed for a big win.

Later, when Simmons was caught twice, once off R Ashwin and then again off Hardik Pandya, India seemed destined towards the Eden Gardens for the final but it was not meant to be.