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We need to stay positive - Darren Bravo

We need to stay positive - Darren Bravo
Darren Bravo stressed on the importance of staying positive after his side was asked to follow on by Sri Lanka on the third day of the first Test match in Galle.
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West Indies batsman Darren Bravo stressed on the importance of staying positive after his side was asked to follow on by Sri Lanka on the third day of the first Test match in Galle.

West Indies were bowled out for a total of 251 and were able to post 67 for two at stumps on day three after being asked to bat again by Sri Lanka.

Identifying Rangana Herath as the main threat to his team, Bravo feels that if the batsmen can knuckle down and spend time at the crease, they can get results.

“It is important as a batting unit we stay positive as much as possible.

“Herath is definitely the threat.

“He has been bowling fantastically well so it’s important that we give him respect, but if he bowls a bad ball we have to put it away.

“It’s very important that we back our defence as well.

“It’s a very good batting wicket.

“As long as you spend time I believe you can get runs under your belt.”

Almost every West Indian batsman got a start in their first innings and was unable to capitalise including Bravo, who was dismissed right after his half-century.

Bravo picked his team’s inability to make their starts count as the main reason why they are in the current position in the first Test.

“We weren’t able to capitalise on the starts that we got.

“I myself gave my wicket away after the half century.

“Blackwood started well.

“Ramdin got a start and the captain (Jason Holder) got a start as well.

“It’s a matter of us trying to capitalise on the starts we get and keep Sri Lanka out as much as possible.”

In his knock in the first innings, Bravo looked assured and batted with a good application until the moment he got out.

The 26-year-old disclosed that the key to success while batting on turning tracks is to have a good defensive technique and the ability to change gears when the situation demands.

“I back my defence, which is the most important thing.

“I’m someone that likes going down the ground to hit the spinners.

“On a wicket that’s turning that much it’s very important that you back your defence.

“I believe I have a very good defence, and whenever I’m able to go over the top, I back my ability with that as well.

“I try to work out what’s the best solution on the wicket and try to build partnerships with the other batters and try my best for the West Indies.”

Picking out Herath’s ability to get the sharp turn away from the right handers, Bravo opined that the 37-year-old’s consistency is what sets him apart.

“He’s very, very consistent.

“He doesn’t give you that many bad balls.

“He’s consistent and that is why he is probably one of the best spinners in the world.

“To be quite honest I don’t think he’s that difficult for me (as a left handed batsman).

“I believe that when he bowls to right-handers, he gets the ball to drift a lot.

“When he drifts the ball into the pad, he gets the ball to turn away to the right handers.

“That in itself is a bit of a problem for us.

“I believe that as long as we back ourselves, I believe it’s going to work in our favour.”

With two days to go in the game, West Indies are facing a tall proposition in order to save the first Test, which is currently tilted in the favour of Sri Lanka.

Admitting that his team is lagging behind, Bravo is confident that if the batsmen are able to convert their starts and build partnerships, they have enough time to save the game.

“To be quite honest, I believe that we are behind the eight ball at this point in time.

“Having said that there is a lot of time left in the game.

“A lot of time for us to bat, two more days to go.

“We need to build partnerships.

“It is very important that we capitalise on whatever starts we get as batsmen.”

West Indies head into the fourth day of the first Test with a deficit of 166 runs staring at them and only eight wickets left in their hands in their second innings.

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