Monday 25 February 2013 

Bravo Happy With Sarwan Century, Own Career-Best

Bravo Happy With Sarwan Century, Own Career-Best
Bravo Happy With Sarwan Century, Own Career-Best
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Ramnaresh Sarwan's match-winning century in the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe was his first triple-figure score for the West Indies since February 2011.

Opening the batting, his 120 in 143 balls was the guiding hand that West Indies relied on to win by seven wickets with an over to spare.

Captain Dwayne Bravo paid tribute to Sarwan's experience and versatility, having been asked to open the innings at short notice after Johnson Charles picked up an injury.

"I am really happy for Sarwan. He played really well and basically won the match for us today," Bravo told WICB Media.

"He was asked to open the innings after Johnson Charles was unable to play due to an injury and he showed his class and what we know he is capable of. I feel very happy for him.

"That’s very good for the team. He’s the most experienced batsman in the set-up right now, with over 170 matches, and he took us right home to the finish. He had a difficult time with the bat in Australia and I know he was determined to make this innings count at the top of the order."

Sarwan was recalled for the tour of Australia following a lengthy absence from the side and the decision to keep him in the squad despite a poor series has paid dividends.

Bravo, meanwhile, took six wickets and recorded career-best figures to help his side move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

"It was great for us to win the series and wrap it up in style like we did here today. It is always good to win and to go 2-0 up is exactly what we were looking for. We are now focussed on 3-0. So we will come back on Tuesday and look for another victory," Bravo said.

"On the pitch today I had to try a few things and my variations worked. I was happy to lead from the front with my best figures, eventhough I wouldn’t say I’m back to my best bowling form. Today was a confidence booster for me and I just want to get better and better with every match."

The third and final ODI is tomorrow (26th February).

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