Bravo inspired by IPL pyrotechnics

Updated: 13 June 2009 12:50 IST

West Indies star Dwayne Bravo believes skills picked up at the IPL, while his teammates were suffering a Test mauling in England.

Bravo inspired by IPL pyrotechnics

London:

West Indies star Dwayne Bravo believes skills picked up at the Indian Premier League, while his teammates were suffering a Test mauling in England, will be crucial in their World Twenty20 title push.

Bravo took four wickets and then smashed a stylish, unbeaten 66 as West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at Lord's to boost their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

He was promoted up the order to No 4 on Friday and was glad to have seized his chance.

"I just have a love and passion for the game," Bravo said. "I enjoy playing cricket. This is what I was born to do. I was given the opportunity by the captain to go up the order, I grabbed it with both hands."

Bravo came into this tournament on the back of a stint with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, having missed West Indies' unsuccessful tour of England because he wasn't deemed fit enough for Tests following an ankle injury.

"This is my second stint in the IPL, I gained a lot of experience both times. Sharing the same dressing room with some of the best players in the world, you've got to learn a lot. I think that's what I did.

"Since I returned from injury, I have been working very hard at my game and it is nice to see the hard work paying off."

"We are a young team but this is a team that is willing to learn and really looking forward to this tournament."

Meanwhile West Indies captain Chris Gayle challenged his side to overcome the handicap of a congested fixture schedule and repeat their win over India against South Africa.

The West Indies held India to 153 for seven before Bravo saw them home.

But having played in Friday's late game at Lord's they will find themselves in action again in the earlier of two fixtures across London at the Oval on Saturday.

By contrast, tournament favourites South Africa had a day off Friday.

"It would be nice if we could have another evening game," said Gayle.

"We'll just have to set our minds, put this behind us and focus on tomorrow. It's difficult. You might look at it and say it's a Twenty20 but this format of the game is draining mentally.

"We will just have to switch on as quickly as possible."

Medium-pacer Bravo took four for 38 after fast bowler Fidel Edwards had put India on the backfoot with early wickets on his way to fine figures of three for 24.

Hearteningly for the West Indies, this match also showed they could win matches in this format without a major contribution from opening batsman Gayle, dismissed for 22 against India.

Bravo added: "It's nice to see someone actually put up their hand, take the game into their own hands.

"Yes we depend on Chris to get a good start but this is cricket, it doesn't happen all the time. He's in good form and we know before this tournament is over he's going to come good again.

"Our captain had the confidence to shuffle the batting order and we still got the job done. It doesn't matter what number I bat."

Gayle, who hammered 88 in the group win over Australia, said the sometimes wayward Edwards had played a crucial role.

"We had that tremendous start from Fidel Edwards, picking up wickets at the top of the order made it difficult for them to get off to a flyer."

There was also a marked improvement in West Indies' fielding. Not only did Lendl Simmons, who later weighed in with 44, take a brilliant catch running backwards to get rid of Gautam Gambhir, but West Indies' ground fielding was impressive too.

"We have had a discussion about our fielding," Gayle revealed. "We did more catching drills during our warm-up. It's not like we are not working on our fielding, we know it's our downfall. We just have to keep working."

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