NEW DELHI, India, CMC – West Indies failed to build upon a half-century from Darren Bravo, and were dismissed for 222 in 47.3 overs after they were sent in to bat in their World Cup Group-B match against South Africa on Thursday.
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Left-hander Bravo struck eight fours and one six in 73 from 82 balls to lead the West Indies batting in their opening match of the competition at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Bravo’s elder brother Dwayne supported with 40, Devon Smith made 36, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 31.
West Indies batting was undermined by Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Playing in his first match for the South Africans, he was the most successful bowler with four wickets for 41 runs from 10 overs.
The demolition of the West Indies batting was helped by Dale Steyn with three for 24 from 7.3 overs, and off-spinner Johan Botha with two for 48 from nine overs.
West Indies were setback almost immediately, when Chris Gayle was caught at slip for two in the first over driving loosely at a flighted delivery from Botha.
But Bravo joined Smith, and gave West Indies a solid base with a stand of 111 from 136 balls for the second wicket.
Bravo reached his 50 from 55 balls, when he drove Tahir through cover for a deuce. He then celebrated the landmark with a one-handed six over long-on off the same bowler.
His dismissal in the 24th over, lbw playing across to Botha, sparked a mini collapse that also saw Smith caught and bowled by Tahir, who also trapped Ramnaresh Sarwan lbw for two to leave West Indies 120 for four in the 27th over.
The elder Bravo joined Chanderpaul, and they got West Indies moving again, with a stand of 58 for the fifth wicket.
Bravo put the three South Africa frontline spinners under pressure, hitting each for a six, all over the leg-side before he was run out in 38th over.
Chanderpaul continued to chug West Indies along, but when he was caught at long-off in the 43rd over off Tahir, this triggered another collapse that saw the Caribbean side lose their last five wickets for 19 runs in the space of 32 deliveries.