CPL 2014 July 25, 2014

Ramdin's knock inspired us - Dwayne Bravo

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo has said his opponent Denesh Ramdin's batting inspired his team in their four-wicket CPL win over Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Ramdin smashed 84 from 45 balls with six fours and six sixes for the Amazon Warriors, and Dwayne Bravo confessed to be taken aback by the bravado on display.

"Denesh's batting really inspired me. He came out there when his team was down and really took it to us," Dwayne Bravo said. "That got me thinking that once we could go out there and bat 20 overs, with self-belief and fight, we could do the same."

Dwayne Bravo made a crucial impact in the match himself, scoring 67 off 42 balls, but it was his brother Darren Bravo who stole the show with an unbeaten 69, including a match-winning six off the last delivery.

"We tried to copy what Denesh and [Jimmy] Neesham did for Guyana. We wanted to sit in the middle and build a big partnership like theirs. We knew that without Sunil Narine, on such a small ground, it was a gettable total once we batted through."

Despite the win, Dwayne Bravo stated that his team needed to improve in the field after yet another disappointing performance. "There were a few vital chances missed and there's always room to improve," he said. "Our batting clicked today but we still need to be better in the outfield. Sometimes these things do happen and you have days like today."

Reflecting on the loss, Ramdin admitted to being disappointed with his team's bowling, especially in the absence of Narine, though he expected the injured spinner to be available for the next match.

"We tried our best but the Red Steel batsmen did their job and the better team came out on top," Ramdin said. "We didn't have Sunil who's out injured but he'll be resting a couple days and hopefully, we'll have him back for the next game."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. @RenaldoMatadeen

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