Bravo optimistic

West Indies ODI skipper, Dwayne Bravo.
West Indies ODI skipper, Dwayne Bravo.

LONDON – West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo says his side is looking forward to this Friday’s must-win game against South Africa after losing to India in their second Group B ICC Champions Trophy match at the Oval on Tuesday.

But he acknowledged that the team had to step up a notch with their batting.

“We need to identify how we can become better and comfortable with the batting group and the middle overs when the slow bowlers are on, and try to pick up the boundaries and build momentum. At the moment we keep stalling in the middle and that’s where we lose the games. We don’t lose the games in the first six or in the last six; in the middle overs is where actually we lose it as a batting group,” Bravo said.

Friday’s match against the Proteas is at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Currently India have four points from two matches and have qualified for the semis. South Africa have two points (NRR+0.410), West Indies have two points (NRR -0.086), while Pakistan are yet to register a point and have been eliminated.

“Those kinds of games are some of the best games to play, to be honest, where the destiny is in our own hands, and it’s important we forget what happened [against India]. We still have hope. If we win the next game, we’re on to the next round. If we lose, we go home. So I think we are aware of that. We just have to… improve on our mistakes we made in this game, and look forward to the next game,” he said.

“South Africa has a very good team and a team that’s very well respected. We just have to make sure that when we turn up on Friday we are all ready to play, and it’s going to be like a final for us, and definitely we have to make sure that we win that game… it’s possible… it’s very possible. I know I have the right team and the right guys to turn around between now and Friday. Let’s see what happens on Friday… it’s going to be a very exciting game for the tournament.”

South Africa are expected to be strengthened with the return of ace pacer Dale Steyn.

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