Bravo batters India
12 Jun 2009
Dwayne Bravo smashed a match-winning 66* to help the West Indies down India by seven wickets at Lord’s.
In pursuit of 154, Bravo scored his runs off 36-balls, his innings including four fours and three sixes. India will lament an ordinary bowling performance, but they were largely helpless to resist the dynamic Bravo.
The Windies struggled to find any rhythm early on, and the loss of Andre Fletcher with the score on nine set them back further. When Chris Gayle fell for 22 the Windies were in trouble, but Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons showed a good blend of application and aggression, posting 58 for the third wicket.
Simmons scored 44 before top edging an attempted slog sweep to deep square leg. Bravo, however, was the key wicket for India, as he had found his groove and was dispatching anything slightly loose to the boundary.
He eventually saw the West Indies home with eight balls remaining, and in the process breathed life into their charge for the play-offs.
In India’s innings, Yuvraj Singh scored a brutal 67, guiding them to what seemed a competitive total.
Singh has been India’s saviour in recent times, and was again called on to perform a rescue act after they slumped to 29/3 and then 66/4. The India top order continued their indifferent form, and this will have to be addressed if they are to progress.
Singh, however, played with the freedom of a man who strode to the crease at 150/1 and was ably supported by Yusuf Pathan, who replicated his IPL form, scoring 31 off 23 balls.
The pair put on 64 for the fifth wicket, before Harbhajan Singh smashed 13 off four balls to lift India to 153, a total that ultimately proved too small.
India 153/7 (20 overs)
Yuvraj Singh 67, Yusuf Pathan 31, Dwyane Bravo 4/38.
West Indies 156/3 (18.4 overs)
Dwayne Bravo 66*, Lendl Simmons 44.
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West Indies won by seven wickets