DHAKA, Bangladesh – Dwayne Bravo played a crucial role in last Friday’s win over Australia and is ready to do it all over again when the Windies face Pakistan on Tuesday.
The livewire allrounder scored a crucial 27 not out off 12 balls in a whirlwind partnership with skipper Darren Sammy, to see West Indies to victory. Bravo also put his body on the line when he held a sensational catch at deep mid-off which helped to restrict the Australian scoring.
“It was an exciting game for us. We were really pumped up for that game. We are pumped up for all the games, but that game was more special for us. We enjoyed the victory and celebrated in the dressing room,” Bravo said looking back at the crucial win.
With that victory, West Indies moved to four points and into second place in the group behind India. Pakistan also have four points from three matches and the winner of Tuesday contest will qualify for the semi-finals.
“The intensity will always be there. That game wasn’t the semi-final or final. The game against Pakistan is important for both the teams. I know it will be a nail-biting game. Come that game, we will be aware of what exactly we need to do. It’s going to be a very good cricket match. This is a very tough group and the Group of Death. We need to play well and then we look forward to playing in the semi-final,” Bravo said.
“The captain says that we haven’t played to potential, I don’t think any team has played to potential. We want to have a look at the things we can improve on and analyse our strengths and weaknesses and improve the areas that we are short in. We enjoyed our victory against Australia, but the Pakistan game is the most important for us. We need to win that game and get to the semi-final first.”
Bravo was one of the West Indies heroes on his birthday – October 7, 2012 – when they beat Sri Lanka to win the ICC World T20 2012. He was at the non-striker’s end on Friday when Sammy performed his heroics of 34 not out off just 13 balls – including two massive sixes in the final over to win pull off the victory.
“It’s actually achievable because of the experience we have got in the IPL. Sammy’s IPL experience also came into play and he can withstand pressure. We know their bowlers will also be under pressure because one side of the ground is very short and in those kinds of scenarios, we expect the bowler to make mistakes as we had a lot of wickets in hand,” Bravo added.
“Sammy could play his normal game. He is one of the cleanest hitters in the game today. My job at that time was to just run between the wickets and give him as much strike as possible and to just calm him down. All in all, it worked for us.”