India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Kanpur November 27, 2013

Lost best opportunity to win series in India - Bravo

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Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, has said his team lost a great opportunity to win a series in India, having lost the Kanpur ODI by five wickets. The series was level 1-1 before this match, in which West Indies set India a target of 264 - the hosts chased that down with nearly four overs to spare.

"At times we were inconsistent with the ball and we paid for it," Bravo said. "We did a lot of things right but unfortunately just didn't win the game. We are disappointed because this was our best opportunity to win a series in India. We just have to regroup and keep believing."

Bravo conceded he was happy with the total the West Indies batsmen put on the board, but would have preferred one of them to kick on from their start. Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels scored fifties, putting together a 117-run partnership for the second wicket, but neither got through the 70s. The subsequent batsmen could not get another substantial partnership going until the end, when Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy scored 67 runs in the last eight overs.

"The average score on this wicket is 230-235 and we did really well to get to 260-plus," Bravo said. "But the wicket did get better to bat [on] in the afternoon and the strong Indian line-up got a very good start. We were outplayed with the bat and we need to give credit where it is due.

"Samuels and Powell had a fantastic partnership but unfortunately none of them could carry on to score a big one. Samuels got out to a good ball from Ashwin, which was the turning point. I would have loved our batsmen to consolidate on their starts but as long as they keep showing signs of form, I am sure big score will follow."

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his fifth ODI hundred of the year, said he was happy to get a big score in the series decider. Dhawan scored an attacking hundred, finishing with 119 off 95 balls, which laid the platform for India to chase the target.

"I am very happy that I made a century and the team won," Dhawan said. "I have been getting starts in the last two-three matches but was not being able to convert them into big scores. It couldn't have been better that I scored a century in the series-deciding match."

With the hundred, his new highest-score in ODIs, Dhawan took his runs tally to 1150 for the year and is third on the list of highest run-scorers, behind team-mates Virat Kohli (1237) and Rohit Sharma (1159). Ending the series with a ton, Dhawan said, would give him a lot of confidence for the upcoming South Africa tour.

"It's always good to end a home series on a high note," Dhawan said. "This century is going to give me lot of confidence when I travel to South Africa. I am really happy that I have been scoring lots of centuries. It's a good habit and I want to continue this habit, winning lots of matches for my team."

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  • K. on November 29, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Well Captain Bravo, WI came on a hastily and ill prepared tour. One wondered if any of the team, so called professionals, had motivation to apply themselves in their trade. Utterly embarrassing by giving India little or no opposition. Please pull up socks for the New Zealand leg of the tour or continue to embarrass yourselves in world cricket.

  • Ashok on November 29, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Bravo should be happy that his team fought back after being totally over whelmed in the first ODI. It would have been a shocking news if WI won the series because India are the World #1 Team. India did play poorly in the ODI #2. But one should not forget that the team has won 5th consecutive ODI series & can afford to relax occasionally. In ODI #2 vs. WI, India did more than relax- they played poorly particularly in bowling & fielding departments. In the 3rd ODI their fielding improved but still had few dropped catches. Their "death" overs left much to be desired. If truth be known Dhawan, R.Sharma & Kohli are 3 top class ODI players in the world. If one of them is contributing, they can rest assured that the rest of the batting can rally round. However Apart from the consistency of their spinners, the rest of the seam bowling needs much better show. All 3 seamers are young & lack experience. On the whole, WI performed above expectation & Bravo + WI side should be proud of it.

  • Dominic on November 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Mr. Bravo had you contributed more or applied yourself better the team might have given India a better fight. A captain should be responsible and not give his wicket away playing the same shot.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Really,what's wrong with West Indies?I thought they are striking back after the second ODI. Still I wanted India to win,but I expected a close match than this.I like it best when we win a match in the last over with one or two wickets remaining.

  • Orlando on November 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    The comments of Brutalanalyst and several others should be made compulsory reading for the WI selectors and administrators. It is so embarrassing when someone doesn't even have the sense to admit that they were outclassed and had no real chance of success. As long as WI continue in this delusion of believing that they really are on par with the major cricket nations, the longer the pain and humiliation will continue. DELUSION!! That is what one sees in picking squads, teams, and even in the sorts of shots played and balls bowled. Most of these batsmen are deluded into thinking that because they are wearing WI colours they are therefore Richards, Greenidge, etc. THEY ARE NOT!

  • o on November 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo needs to be kicked out the side no exception ! I'm sorry but 3 out of 3 the worst most pathetic suicidal soft dismissals. Sammy however has shown why he is the real leader of the short format with 2 gutsy performances when his team was all but dead and he should still be captain. Dwayne does not warrant a place in any format hilarious his friend Lara says he should be in the Test side. No other Country would allow an experienced player to get away with 3 back to back dismisalls like that in the circumstances without being dropped let alone a Captain ! If a Captain from other nation played as irresponsibly careless the way he did they would unlikely ever represent their Country again.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies always seems to field the wrong mix of players. Putting Holder in against India as their number one fast bowler was ludicrous. The last ODI was lost in the first four or five overs of the game. They need to plan better. But even if they had the right selection they would have still lost, because the truth is that the Indian side are a vastly better team than West Indies. They have more quality batsmen, bowlers, a better captain and a better winning strategy. But they should have. After all, they have a billion people to select from.

  • GAURAV on November 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    "lost best opportunity??" , Give Thanks to heavens that your misery is over.

  • Kiran on November 28, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Is Bravo referring to the just concluded series? At no stage in the series did the WI look like beating India except in the dying stages of the second ODI where conditions were favorable to them. I see that some of the posters are actually saying that the WI batsmen are "talented". I don't think so. Dwayne Bravo and Powell apart, the rest of the batsmen do not have a decent technique at all. With Sloggers like these a team's chance is only in T20s. You only need to look at the way Samuels or Sammy or Simmons plays for 5 balls to understand that his technique is very poor. Footwork against seamers or spinners is absent. Placement of the ball is missing and awareness of the situation of the game is non-existent. A truly talented batsman can score all around the ground. Most west indies batsmen have only few areas where they can score. Look at the way Dwayne Bravo scores. He can score only through square leg or deep cover. I think people are confusing hard hitting with talent.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Finally It's over... What a waste of time to have this series & the preceding test series was another bore... What should have been an enjoyable South African summer has been reduced to mundane two series against a team that needs some serious introspection... As a cricket fan, it's sad to see this WI team in action.

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