Bravo promises cracking contest at Kingston

hidden, Jun, 29 2013
Bravo promises cracking contest at Kingston

Having started with a win against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation series, West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo is quite upbeat about his team’s chances in their next match against India on Sunday. Acknowledging India’s strengths, Bravo said that they too are a very strong bowling and batting side and that it’s going to be a cracker of a game at Kingston on Sunday.

"I know it is going to be a cracker of a game. We know India are a very good team; it is going to be a very good game. Both teams are very strong in bowling and batting. Let us see how Sunday comes out," Bravo said ahead of their Tri-nation One-Day series game against India at Sabina Park.

West Indies began their campaign in the tournament with an easy six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, courtesy opener Chris Gayle's 100-ball 109, which included nine fours and seven sixes while chasing a 209-run target last night.

West Indies began their campaign in the tournament with an easy six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. AP

On the other hand, India are on a roll after their Champions Trophy triumph and would aim to continue the unbeaten run when they take on the hosts, who would be eyeing revenge after their eight-wicket defeat in a league match of the eight-nation tournament.

Bravo was all praise for Man-of-the-Match Gayle for his first One-day International ton in almost a year, which paved the way for his team's comfortable victory and hailed him as the best batsman in the world.

"Chris is the best batter in the world and is our best player, and we are always happy to see him getting runs," he said.

"We know it has been a while since Gayle has made a century, he has been getting starts but when he gets a start on a wicket like this he has to cash in," Bravo said.

Bravo said Gayle's good form at the start of the tournament augurs well for the team as well as the West Indies cricket.

"He has eased off the pressure now. I know that at the back of his mind he felt that he wasn't scoring big for us and he knows how important he is as a player for us. I am very happy that he scored another hundred and batted deep into the innings and I know that once Chris is in that kind of form, it is good for us as a team and good for the West Indies cricket," he said.

Meanwhile, Gayle was happy to have got the runs in front of his home crowd.

"It has been a while since I have got a century. The last one was against New Zealand last year at the same place, so it is good to repeat and get another century in front of my home crowd. More importantly, we got a win. Coming from England and getting a ton was a good thing for me," he said.

PTI

Published Date: Jun 29, 2013 | Updated Date: Jun 29, 2013


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115