New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd T20, Wellington

'We respond well under pressure' - Bravo

Renaldo Matadeen

January 14, 2014

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Kieran Powell targets the leg side, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st T20, Auckland, January 11, 2014
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West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo is expecting his team to deliver under pressure as they try to level the two-match T20 series against New Zealand in Wellington. Following a comprehensive 81-run loss to the hosts, Bravo compared this match to the fifth ODI in Hamilton where they needed to win to salvage the series.

"Once again we find ourselves in a position where it's a must-win game for us so definitely we want to finish the tour on a high and close off the series at 1-1," Bravo said. "We had a very good, high-intense training session [today] and our spirits are good. It's been our nature, more often than not, to find ourselves in situations like this but we respond well under pressure. We have to do the same thing again to get ourselves out and level in the series but we can do the job."

Bravo brushed off the previous loss as he stressed on how focused his team was on the Wellington fixture - their final match before returning to the Caribbean.

"T20 is basically more based on momentum. The team coming into the match with the most momentum has a better chance of winning but there are some key moments in the game and we have to ensure we win those moments and hopefully, we'll do the right things better than the Black Caps," he said.

When asked about Adam Milne's pace-effect on the visitors, he remained unperturbed by referring to his own fast bowlers such as Tino Best, Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards who provide just as much firepower. "In this format, pace doesn't really matter. It's more skill," he said.

He added that he was more reliant on the team's batting and that once Kieran Powell and Johnson Charles get them off to a good start, things should go their way. He dispelled notions that his team was being dubbed as weak. Bravo labelled the Tests a "disappointment" and the ODIs as "fairly decent" but indicated that West Indies should never be ruled out in T20s.

"At the top of the order, we need to put more thought and emphasis into the game. We have nothing to prove to anyone and we just have to focus on what we have to do. It's up to us to believe in ourselves and we can win the game."

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Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

every single time before a match, windies players and management start blabbering about how good their side is and how they are confident they are going to win, then post match interview,"well we just didn't bat well, we didn't bowl well, we dropped our catches, and blah blah blah blah". windies need to seriously stop talking so much as it makes them look nothing but stupid, the problem is not that they are confident but that they are too overconfident, they will never approach a game with a humble mindset and with respect for the opposition, to them every thing is a walk in the park and as soon as they are put under pressure early its as simple as a chain reaction bringing them them down for the entire match, they lack the desire to fight back under pressure and hence bravos comment is just plain ridiculous,and that's the truth, hoping for win for windies though if by fluke or luck, starving for a win here in Trinidad.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

The coach, management, and players don't need skill. they need a psychiatrist.

Posted by iceaxe on (January 14, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

"we respond under pressure"... really? yet to believe that one.

still,... I could say the same about NZ

Posted by simonviller on (January 14, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

All hail to Adam Milne ,but I'll give him his licence when he passes the Dwayne Smith/ Gayle test . Four regular openers IN this team tour ,all short on a couple of shots for good openers and four keepers ,only one worth being there . What an excellent team selection ! QUITE A WINNING COMBINATION ! SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WINNING THE NEXT ONE . I'LL BE WATCHING INTENTLY .

Posted by sheru-sher on (January 14, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Posted by Sal Husain on (January 14, 2014, 10:34 GMT) these chaps talk too much and do too little. they always select a final eleven that is not the best.

Well said Sal.... They talk too much before any match especially this guy Bravo.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Since this is Tino Best farewell match, would it not be a good gesture to have him captain the side? His antics and showmanship would really help these players to perform under pressure.

Posted by Alexei on (January 14, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

This NZ team is far from the fiinished product.. an understrength WI team have crushed them while they were at full strength and that says alot.

Posted by sheru-sher on (January 14, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

This has to be the biggest cricketing joke of the century.Imagine in a squad of 14 there are 4 wicketkeepers. Ramdin, Charles, Fletcher and Walton..... and guess what? The worst of the lot is picked for the matches while the best one warm the benches. Instead of WI management trying to re-group and re-organise their team they are trying to find out who the best keeper in the region. To put so much pressure on Ramdin like that is to ensure that he fails (poor chap.)...the dice is loaded against him........ and that is clearly the objective of picking 4 keepers. Well done Gibson and company.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

After such a disastrous tour winning the last game cant be much of a high

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

West Indies is without its key players Gayle, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Sammy, Edwards, Rampaul...anyone counting out west indies based on the performance of this tour will be mistaken....they dont have any specialists as well...i dont know what west indies cricket board is doing? Are 4 wicket keepers gonna win you match? who will bowl?

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

The W.I.'s depleted team have beaten a full strength NZ team already.If they can do it again....Of course,they can.

Posted by wapuser on (January 14, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

The WI team needs to strengthen the mental side of their game that's were consistency starts. They proven throughout this long decline that they beat any team on their day. They get it right Bew Zealand should not be a problem. Good luck boys.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

these chaps talk too much and do too little. they always select a final eleven that is not the best.their best bowler on the tour is holder sits.he is also a decent batsman.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Charles, Simmonds and Powell should come good in this game. Narine will get his revenge

Posted by wapuser on (January 14, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Bravo got good team they can beat any test nation they just need some consistency.they can respond well no doubt. Best of luck

Posted by wapuser on (January 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

You are absolutely right Bravo, the top order has to give the team a good start in order to pull this one off.

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