Brilliant Bravo bowls and bats West Indies to superb win

LONDON, England -- West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo starred with both bat and ball to lead the team to an amazing victory over India by seven wickets in their Super Eights match at the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 World Championship at Lord’s on Friday.

The West Indies entered the match as underdogs but the brilliant Bravo took 4 for 38 with his right-arm seam bowling to limit India to 153 for 7 off 20 overs. He them batted with great confidence to smash 66 not out from 38 balls with four boundaries and three sixes as the West Indies romped to 156 for 3 off 18.4 overs.

It was a complete performance by the 25-year-old talisman, who ended the match with a huge six over wide long-off. He added 58 for the third wicket from 41 balls with Lendl Simmons, who made a spirited 44 from 37 balls.

After Simmons was dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul entered to hit a crucial 18 not out from just nine balls to help Bravo add 56 runs off 25 balls and take the West Indies to victory.

“I got the opportunity today and I grabbed it with both hands. I was promoted up the order to Number 4 and I was happy to perform for the team and lead us to a victory in this vey crucial match,” said Bravo, who won the Man-of the-Match award.

“I don’t want to play at a particular batting spot. It doesn’t really matter where I bat … it’s about seeing the team win. It was nice that I was able to put my hand up for the team and take the game into my own hands. Simmons played a good innings and Chanderpaul also played a key role there at the end as well.”

Bravo noted that he has been putting in a lot of hard work in recent weeks and it is paying off. He also praised the overall team effort.

“Since my return from injury I have been working very hard at my game and I’m getting results. We have a very good young team and it is a team that is willing to learn and improve. We are very happy with this win and will be looking to continue the good work.”

Earlier in the day, fast bowler Fidel Edwards was brilliant with the new ball taking three wickets, while Simmons held three catches, including a stunner running back at deep square-leg off Bravo’s bowling.

The West Indies play their second Super Eights match against South Africa on Saturday at The Oval at 130 pm (830 am Eastern Caribbean Time/730 am Jamaica Time). The final Super Eights match is on Monday against England at the Oval at 530 pm (1230 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/1130 am Jamaica Time).