Dwayne Bravo began his captaincy stint with a thrilling 2-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Oval on Friday. Chasing a paltry 171 for a win, West Indies reached the target in the 41st over to earn two crucial points and top the Group B table.
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Bravo was a relived man and praised his team especially the tone setter paceman Kemar Roach after the win.
"The guys played well in tough conditions. (Kemar) Roach set the tone by taking early wickets and was backed up well by (Sunil) Narine and (Ravi) Rampaul. This game was important for us and it is good to get the nerves out of the way," Bravo said. (Stats)
West Indies had won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat, when asked for his this decision he said: "We wanted to give the bowlers good use of a fresh pitch. We knew that Pakistan's bowling is strong." (Match in pics)
West Indies won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 at the Oval, beating England by 2 wickets. The new Windies skipper said it was like playing at home.
"In the team meeting, Chris Gayle mentioned that this venue is like playing at home. I would like to thank the fans for supporting us, although the Pakistan fans outnumbered the West Indies fans," the skipper said.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq rued his side's batting collapse but was highly impressed by the effort of his bowling unit.
"The plan was to just see off the new ball but we lost too many wickets. The West Indies bowlers bowled very well. When I and (Nasir) Jamshed were batting, we were aiming for a score somewhere between 240-250.
"I am happy that the bowlers bowled with a lot of heart. We need to rectify the small mistakes for the coming games," he said.
Man of the match Kemar Roach bowled the right line from the word go and finished with 3 for 28 from his 10 overs. He said his aim was to get early breakthroughs.
"My main aim is to get early breakthroughs and I am proud of the fact that I achieved it for the team. English conditions are favourable for fast bowlers so I bowled in the right channels and got the wickets," Roach said.
Roach, who hit the winning boundary to take Windies over the line, said the Caribbean side will continue with their good performance against India on June 11.
"It is great to win the first match and the guys are relieved with this win. We want to continue with the good performance against India," the 24-year-old pacer said.