Bravo’s all-round T20 display knocks down India (Lead)

June 13th, 2009 - 3:20 am ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan Singh London, June 13 (IANS) Dwayne Bravo’s all-round brilliance saw the West Indies crush India by seven wickets in their first Group E Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 at Lord’s here Friday.
Bravo first picked up four wickets to restrict India to a modest 153 and then blasted an unbeaten 66 from 36 balls to see the team through in 18.4 overs. Bravo featured in two important stands of 58 runs with Lendl Simmons (44) and 56 with Shivnaraine Chanderpaul

(18 not out).

Man of the Match Bravo’s effort put to shade Yuvraj Singh’s sensational counterattack of 67 from 43 balls that brought India back into the match after an unfamiliar top-order collapse.

Fidel Edwards (3-24) bowled with fire to reduce India to 29 for three before Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan (31) launched a late assualt.

The West Indies started the chase well with Gayle (22), high on form after a sensational 88 against Australia, showing intent with two effortless fours off Zaheer Khan in the first over.

Irfan Pathan dismissed Andre Fletcher in the next over, before Gayle and Simmons added 33 runs that came at a slow pace, with the Indian attack managing well to rein in the dangerous Gayle.

Harbhajan Singh bowled a maiden over to Gayle and the left hander, looking to release the pressure in Yusuf Pathan’s over, miscued and was caught.

Simmons and Bravo then consolidated the Windies, taking calculated risks to keep the team in the hunt.

India got rid of Simmons, but Bravo came hard on them to bring down the asking rate which was creeping up close to 10 an over.

With 39 required off 24 balls, Bravo picked Ishant Sharma’s slower one for a straight six and then Chanderpaul cracked a four.

Harbhajan went for two fours in the next over and West Indies needed only 8 off the last two overs.

Earlier, Indian’s batting looked to fall apart after they elected to bat first.

Rohit Sharma became Edwards’ first victim when he top-edged a pull. The fast bowler then removed Suresh Raina, with wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin taking a low diving catch.

Gautam Gambhir, after hitting two fours, mistimed a pull and Simmons took a fine catch running back from square leg.

Yuvraj and Dhoni found the scoring difficult as they added only 37 runs in 45 balls. Dhoni’s (11 off 23 balls) painful knock came to an end when he slammed a short delivery from Bravo straight to a fielder in the deep.

A ball later, Yuvraj hit Bravo for India’s first four in seven overs, but was dropped by Fletcher in the next ball.

The spilled catch proved costly for the West Indies as Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan spanked the bowlers in the next few overs.

Harbhajan Singh then hit three fours off the last three balls.

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