Champions Trophy 2013: Bravo disappointed after West Indies exit

Champions Trophy 2013: Dwayne Bravo lamented the playing conditions after West Indies bowed out of the competition on Friday

By Callum Orr

Dwayne Bravo lamented the playing conditions after West Indies bowed out of the Champions Trophy following a draw with South Africa at Cardiff on Friday.

After rain reduced the match to just 31 overs per innings, South Africa were sent into bat by Bravo and promptly made 230-6, with batsman Colin Ingram producing a match-defining 73 runs.

But the Windies looked set to match the Proteas’ score, with tidy knocks from Marlon Samuels (48) and Kieron Pollard (28), until the rain set in, and the latter was ousted with the final ball of the match.

From being in a match-winning position, Bravo’s side found themselves dead level on the Duckworth/Lewis method at 190 for six off 26.1 overs, and the captain was disappointed that one more ball was not allowed to be bowled.

“I think it would have been fair for both teams, the fans and the tournament if that extra ball had been bowled or something like that,” said Bravo.

“Obviously we are disappointed and I must say I am disappointed with how the game ended, but I am not disappointed with what the umpires did.

“They had a job to do and they do it to the best of their abilities, and as players we have no control over the decisions they make.

“But you have to give credit to both teams, South Africa batted very well and I was pleased with how my guys went in the run chase.”

With both teams receiving a point for the draw, the Proteas secured qualification for the last four because of their superior net run-rate.

They join Group B winners India as one of two qualifiers for the knockout stages from their side of the tournament and will now play whichever side tops Pool A in a semi-final at London’s Oval ground on 19 June.

And although disappointed not to come away with the win, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers believed the umpires made the right decision to call the match off as the conditions worsened.

“I was aware we were behind as the Duckworth-Lewis score was on the scoreboard the whole time which made it easy for us to follow and plan,” said the captain.

“I felt the rain was getting heavier, the ball was really wet and it became difficult to communicate with my bowlers as it was so windy.

“I thought it got quite dangerous and slippy out there so I think they made the right decision, although I would have been happier if they had called it 15 minutes earlier.”

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