West Indies gained victory over Pakistan in a low-scoring start to their ICC Champions Trophy campaign and captain Dwayne Bravo was pleased with his team’s performance as they bowled Pakistan out for just 170 in a hard-fought two-wicket win at the Oval last Friday.
Bravo was happy with the two points earned, seeing the West Indies move to the top of Group B.
"In the morning if I said Pakistan are going to be out for 170, I would take that any day. We wanted to bowl first as a team. I know I have two very good fast bowlers and once they put the ball in the right area and pitch up the ball, obviously, they will have wickets," said Bravo, who was leading the team for the first time in a major international tournament.
"It was a tough situation and we came out on top and that’s more important. It doesn’t matter if you lose eight or nine wickets, we got the two points that we wanted. So that was a very important game to us."
He added: "We know Pakistan is a very dangerous team so we’re happy to end up on the winning side and this definitely will do our confidence very well. We won our last warm up game and to win this first game is great, so hopefully we can continue in the same vein."
Kemar Roach received the Man-of-the-Match award after an impressive three for 28 and was superbly backed up by spin bowler Sunil Narine who came out with another impressive three for 34. The Pakistan bowlers didn’t make the win easy for the West Indies batsmen, before Roach hit the winning boundary.
"I never thought we would lose. Chasing 171, we have been through tougher situations than this and come out on top. Rampaul was yet to bat, he has a top score in the 80s in international cricket, Kemar Roach batted well and so did Denesh (Ramdin)," Bravo said.
"We didn’t make the best use of chasing a small total, but you can’t take away anything from the batters. The Pakistanis bowled very well. You have to give respect to them. Most of the batters got good balls, but at the end of the day, we still fought through."
The West Indies had a full training session in the outdoor nets at the Oval on Sunday, where they will be back on Monday afternoon as they prepare to face India at the Oval on Tuesday. Both teams will go into the match on two points after securing first-round wins. Bravo is confident of another victory, to take the Caribbean side a step closer to a spot in the semi-finals.
“It’s another tough game of a team coming up against a team where the strength is their batting. We have the right bowlers, who can control their batting...but like I always say, cricket is played on its day,” he said.
"But we have the right attack. We have the reserve bench that is strong enough to actually come up with the 11 that I think will do well against the Indians. It’s all about how we all come together and try to make the best decision at the right time for the team. It was important that we got our first win out of the way and look forward to the rest of the games ahead."
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