Bravo backs bowlers to come good against India

Conceding that batting was India’s main strength, West Indies’ skipper Dwayne Bravo exuded confidence that his bowlers had enough firepower to keep the rival batsmen in check.

West Indies, who eked out a nervy two-wicket win over Pakistan in Group ‘B’ opener here on Friday, take on India in their second match at The Oval on Tuesday. “Yes, I do,” he replied when asked if his attack had it in it to contain the Indian batsmen who clobbered 331/7 during their 26-run win over South Africa in Cardiff on Thursday.

“It's another tough game of a team coming up against a team where their strength is their batting. And we have the right bowlers to actually control their batting. But like I say, cricket is played on that day. India could turn up on Tuesday and be knocked over, or score a big total again as they normally do. But I have the right attack if I want to go with someone with raw pace. I have the reserve bench that is strong enough to actually come up with the 11 that I think will do well against the Indians,” he explained after pocketing two points for their win against Pakistan. 

In contrast to India-South Africa match where both teams scored over 300 runs, Pakistan and West Indies clash was a low-scoring affair. Chasing 171 for victory, the Caribbeans lost eight wickets before emerging winners in seaming conditions.

“Yes, the game came down to the last, but it's good to come out victorious,” he said of Windies’ performance. “The next game, you never know. Both teams can score in excess of 300 runs, I think. Today’s conditions were good for seam bowling and there was good fast bowling by both teams. And you've got to give credit to bowlers when they bowl well.

And look at the India-South Africa game, both teams scoring over 300-plus. So, different conditions, different surface, and let's see what happens,” he reasoned.

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