In a sensational development, the former India cricketer, Kirti Azad has asked if the semi-final match between India and West Indies on Thursday was fixed.
Azad, who was a member of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team, said he had received calls related to no balls in tonight’s game at crucial junctions.
His tweet read, “#AlledgedFixedIndVsWI! #NoBalls! If true pathetic. Received calls.”
— Kirti Azad (@KirtiAzadMP) March 31, 2016
At one point West Indies needed 55 runs off 5 overs when Lendl Simmons was declared out only to emerge that it was a no-ball.
And this wasn’t an isolated development. Early in West Indies’ innings, while visitors were at 51 for 2, R Ashwin was denied a wicket of Simmons because of a no-ball.
West Indies beat India by seven wickets in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 competition.
Batting first, India put up a respectable total of 192 runs in their quota of 20 overs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Virat Kohli, who has been in splendid form all throughout the T20 tournament, once again played a brilliant knock on Thursday.
He remained unbeaten at 89 in just 47 balls.
West Indies started very badly as they lost Chris Gayle early on. But Lendl Simmons, who played an innings of unbeaten 82 in 51 balls, single-handedly pulled the match out of India’s hands.
England and West Indies will now meet in the final at Eden Gardens on 3 April.
India: 192/2 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 89 not out, Rohit Sharma 43, Ajinkya Rahane 40; Samuel Badree 1/26).
West Indies:196/3 in 19.4 overs (Lendl Simmons, 82 not out, Andre Russel, 43 not out, Virat Kohli 1/15)