Champions Trophy 2013: Bravo rues West Indies’ lack of runs

Champions Trophy 2013: Dwayne Bravo bemoans West Indies' lack of runs in an eight-wicket defeat by India at the Oval

By Callum Orr

Dwayne Bravo was left to rue the West Indies’ lack of runs after they slumped to an eight-wicket defeat by India in their second Champions Trophy match at the Oval.

The Windies posted a cautious 233-9 in their allotted 50 overs, and were subsequently overpowered by a dominant Indian batting display, with Shikhar Dhawan scoring an unbeaten century to help his side surpass their opponent’s total with 10 overs to spare.

And Bravo vented his frustration after the Group B match, citing poor bowling and batting, alongside a lack of concentration as factors in the defeat.

“We didn’t score enough runs,” said Bravo. “We wanted at least 40-50 runs more. You’ve got to give credit to the Indians – they bowled well.

“It was poor shot selection by myself, and also Pollard. We lost our way. We need to work the ball a bit more; we need to get more singles. Nothing was there with the ball and we definitely bowled too wide on a fast outfield.”

With victory sealing India’s qualification from Group B, the West Indies and South Africa are left with a head-to-head decider on Friday in which the winner will progress to the semi-finals.

And Bravo is fully aware of the new-found importance of the tie.

“It’s like a final in itself,” said the 29-year-old. “Our destiny is in our own hands. We know it’s not going to be an easy game but we have the talent in our group. I’ll try and get my guys pumped up for it.”

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