After the failure of some of the West Indies frontline batters, Darren Bravo partnered with Kieron Pollard upfront to put on one of the best and finest display of batting seen for a long time within the Caribbean by Windies players.
The place was Barbados, Kensington Oval, often referred to in religious parlance as the Mecca in comparison to Sabina Park, the New Jerusalem in Jamaica.
The result, West Indies 285 in 49.5 overs (Darren Bravo 102, Kieron Pollard 62; Kagiso Rabada 3-31, Chris Morris 3-63) beat South Africa 185 (Farhaan Behardien 35, Morne Morkel 32*; Shannon Gabriel 3-17, Sunil Narine 3-28) by 100 runs.
Both Bravo and Pollard employed the strategy of attack and counter-attack in forcing South Africa against the rope, thus allowing them no breathing space to get back into the game and by the time the bell rang, the pair had put on a 156-run stand off 150 balls.
By then, Bravo had registered his third One-Day International (ODI) ton and Pollard his 9th ODI 50.
Bravo, in his post-match comments, described his inning as his best outing in the ODI format for the West Indies.
He lauded the interaction between himself and Pollard throughout their innings and posited that the communication and Pollard’s experience helped him tremendously.
Bravo also said, “We are confident going into the final most definitely, we are playing at home and definitely the fans are going to come out and support us, so that’s going to give us some advantages.”
He said the West Indies openers gave the team the advantage in the opening games; however, the batters have not for one reason or another managed to click together at the same time.
He noted that the batsmen need to put runs on the board so that the bowlers can come to the party having a good score to work with.
Furthermore, he pointed to the principle of self-belief as a key ingredient in competing against the best teams in the world.
Also, he attributed the team’s success to the participation of all the players in team meetings, good relationship with the coach, and net practice sessions.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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