ICC WT20: Bravo Brilliance Becalms India At Lord's
West Indies 156-3 (Bravo 66no, Simmons 44) beat
India 153-7 (Yuvraj Singh 67, Bravo 4-38) by seven wickets
ICC World Twenty20 Group E, Lord's
An outstanding all-round display from Dwayne Bravo helped the West Indies secure a fine seven-wicket win over reigning champions India in the ICC World Twenty20 at Lord's.
Bravo took four wickets and then won the game with a maximum to finish unbeaten on 66 as the West Indies overhauled India's 153 for seven in the 19th over.
Yuvraj Singh top scored for India with 67 as unusually, all seven wickets fell to pace with Bravo picking up four for 38 and Fidel Edwards three for 24, aided by some superb catching as the West Indies raised their all-round game to a level that was good enough to overcome India.
Yusuf Pathan weighed in with 31 in 23 balls after the top order failed to get India off to any sort of start, Gautam Gambhir (14), Rohit Sharma (5) and Suresh Raina (5) all falling cheaply.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a curious innings of 11 from 23 balls and it took a late blast of 13 not out in four balls from Harbhajan Singh to get India up and beyond 150and that also owed an awful lotto Yuvraj hitting four fours and three sixes from the 36 balls he faced.
It wasn't enough however, as even though Chris Gayle failed to fire, scoring 22, the West Indies got home with something in reserve.
Andre Fletcher fell for a three-ball duck when he slapped Irfan Pathan to Yuvraj Singh before Lendl Simmons chipped in with a delightful innings full of cuts and wristy flicks, keeping India on the back foot with 44 in 37 balls.
But he was overshadowed by Bravo, who played a delightful innings full of flair, style, and power, as he stroked four fours and three sixes, plenty of shots coming through the cover region and he showed real grace and elegance in taking on the spinners.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hurried the West Indies towards the win with 18 in nine balls.
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