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December 7, 2011
Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman, has been ruled out of the fourth ODI against India in Indore because of a hamstring injury. Bravo injured his left hamstring in the previous game in Ahmedabad and had to retire during his innings.
"Darren Bravo is out for the next game," Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, said on the eve of the match. "Like we showed when Shiv [Shivnarine Chanderpaul] missed a Test [in Mumbai], young [Kieron] Powell came in and took responsibility."
Bravo has been an important part of West Indies' batting line-up. He scored centuries in the Tests in Kolkata and Mumbai and made 60, 13 and 26* in the first three one-dayers. West Indies trail 1-2 in the five-match series and need to win at the Holkar Stadium to keep the contest alive.
"Yes, we will miss Bravo in the line-up. But it gives an opportunity for someone else to come out and make a name for himself. Our team is definitely improving; when we miss guys, the guys come in and perform."
West Indies won the third ODI at Motera - their first victory on the tour of India - to prevent the hosts from taking the series with two games to spare.
Sammy said the 16-run victory had boosted the confidence of his team, which had competed but fallen short in the first two matches.
"The team's morale is good, we've been coming close. It's about taking the opportunity, grabbing it and winning," Sammy said. "We did it in the last game, so the morale is definitely up some more."
"It's two games left and most of the guys have been away from home for two and a half months. We want to finish on a high. We have to believe we can win. It's an important game for us and hopefully we can win it and take it down to Chennai for the final."
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