• India took on West Indies in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20
  • The hosts’ Virat Kohli hit a second consecutive half-century, making 89
  • India set the West Indies a challenging 193, as they lost just two wickets
  • MS Dhoni’s men claimed two early wickets, including that of Chris Gayle
  • Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons both hit 50s as Windies came back 
  • Simmons scored 83 from 51 as the West Indies won with two balls to spare
  • India had two wickets chalked off for front-foot no balls at the Wankhede 

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Lendl Simmons was the hero as West Indies defeated hosts India in a dramatic second semi-final of the World Twenty20 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons both hit 50s as the Windies came back, after Virat Kohli had helped India to 193 with an impressive total of 89.

Last-minute injury replacement Simmons scored a remarkable 83 from 51 as the West Indies won by seven wickets, with two balls to spare. 

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons hits off-side during his team's ICC World Twenty20 tie with India

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons hits off-side during his team’s ICC World Twenty20 tie with India

The Windies' squad run onto the pitch to celebrate their seven wicket victory with two balls to spare

The Windies’ squad run onto the pitch to celebrate their seven wicket victory with two balls to spare

Andre Russell smashed makeshift spinner Virat Kohli into the stands to eliminate home nation, India

Andre Russell smashed makeshift spinner Virat Kohli into the stands to eliminate home nation, India

India's players look dejected during their defeat to Phil Simmons' team in their own back yard

India’s players look dejected during their defeat to Phil Simmons’ team in their own back yard

Simmons (right), back in the team, plays a shot, watched by Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni

Simmons (right), back in the team, plays a shot, watched by Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni

Saint Lucian star Johnson Charles scored 52 from 36 balls, with nine boundaries: seven fours and two sixes

Saint Lucian star Johnson Charles scored 52 from 36 balls, with nine boundaries: seven fours and two sixes

Hardik Pandya speaks to umpire Richard Kettleborough after having Simmons  caught off a no ball

Hardik Pandya speaks to umpire Richard Kettleborough after having Simmons caught off a no ball

Makeshift spinnter Virat Kohli (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after taking the wicket of Charles

Makeshift spinnter Virat Kohli (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after taking the wicket of Charles

India's 22-year-old bowler Jasprit Bumrah jumps for joy after bowling out West Indies opener, Chris Gayle

India’s 22-year-old bowler Jasprit Bumrah jumps for joy after bowling out West Indies opener, Chris Gayle

Bumrah (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after removing dangerman Gayle in Mumbai early on

Bumrah (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after removing dangerman Gayle in Mumbai early on

Simmons pounced on three hugely-fortunate reprieves to blast his team into the World T20 final against England.

The 31-year-old, who missed out on initial selection due to a back problem, only jetted into India on Tuesday to replace the hamstring injury victim Andre Fletcher.

The Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League star rode his luck when no-balls denied first Ravichandran Ashwin, then Hardik Pandya, his wicket, before racking up a match-winning total.

Kohli, who came in as a makeshift spinner, was asked to defend an improbable eight from the last over, but Andre Russell smashed him into the stands to eliminate the home nation. 

Gayle went for five with paceman Bumrah swinging the ball well at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday

Gayle went for five with paceman Bumrah swinging the ball well at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday

Ajinkya Rahane spreads his arms in celebration after easily catching to dismiss Marlon Samuels

Ajinkya Rahane spreads his arms in celebration after easily catching to dismiss Marlon Samuels

Veteran bowler Ashish Nehra pumps his fist after collecting the wicket of Samuels, who played a horrible shot

Veteran bowler Ashish Nehra pumps his fist after collecting the wicket of Samuels, who played a horrible shot

Samuels, now 35, was off balance as he chipped bizarrely to Rahane off Nehra's bowling, for just eight runs

Samuels, now 35, was off balance as he chipped bizarrely to Rahane off Nehra’s bowling, for just eight runs

Kohli of India hits out during the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final match against West Indies in Mumbai

Kohli of India hits out during the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final match against West Indies in Mumbai

Kohli (right) waves his bat to acknowledge his adoring crowd after making an astonishing 89 runs

Kohli (right) waves his bat to acknowledge his adoring crowd after making an astonishing 89 runs

India's star batsman on the day, Kohli made his 89 from just 47 balls, hitting 11 fours and one maximum 

India’s star batsman on the day, Kohli made his 89 from just 47 balls, hitting 11 fours and one maximum 

West Indies' captain Darren Sammy (left) and Dwayne Bravo (centre) react after missing a run-out of Kohli

West Indies’ captain Darren Sammy (left) and Dwayne Bravo (centre) react after missing a run-out of Kohli

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