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Fielding won us the game - Dwayne Bravo

Fielding won us the game - Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo registered a four-wicket haul as well as scored 31 runs with the bat in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo reckons that it was their fielding efforts which gave them the edge against Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International in Colombo.

West Indies successfully defended a total of 162 and secured a 23-run victory to level the two-match series 1-1.

Bravo admitted that West Indies were in for a bigger total, but gave credit to Sri Lanka for bowling well towards the death overs.

“At the halfway stage, we were positioned to score in the excess of 175 to 180," Bravo said.

“In this format you have to give credit to the opposition as well.

“We are coming up against the team who has the best bowler in the world in this format in Malinga.”

Disclosing that they used the victorious 2012 T20 World Cup final as motivation, Bravo admitted that having a number of top notch fielders in their side makes it an easier job for the team.

"Our fielding also won us the game.

“We said to the guys at the half-way stage that a few years ago we scored 137 and defended it.

“Sri Lanka had Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara), Mahela (Jayawardene) and a very good batting line up.

“Once we had that belief that we could defend the runs.

“It always makes your job easier when you have Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder- some of the best fielders in the world - in one team.

“I'm a bit on the older side so I wouldn't add my name to that.

“It's good to be on a team that has such good athletes.

“It makes all our jobs easy.

“We are very happy with the win and we are looking for greater things ahead.”

The 32-year-old himself played a crucial innings of 31 runs, scored at a run-a-ball and built a crucial 41-run stand with Denesh Ramdin.

Arguing that it was a prudent move to score at a slower pace in the conditions, Bravo stated that it was not a high-scoring wicket in Colombo.

Bravo further praised Ramdin for playing a key role in setting up a competitive total and was happy to have contributed to a win.

"In this format, not all the time do you need to go for the big shots and score in excess of 130-140 strike rate," he explained.

“The conditions dictated how I played.

“We had a very good start. My role then became the anchor role and allow others to play around me.

“It would have been silly to let the ego get the better of me and try and score at 130-135 strike rate. That was not required at that point in time.

“Denesh's innings was very important. It gave us momentum.

“It wasn't a 190-200 wicket, as long as we analysed that as quick as possible.

“The run-a-ball 31 came like gold today.

“At the end of the day we needed this win and I’m happy I contributed.”

Bravo also accounted for four wickets with the ball, which along with his 31-run knock fetched him the man of the match award in the victory.

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