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Bravo steers West Indies to seven-wicket win over India

It was not the best of starts for the defending champions in the Super8's as they went down to the Windies. Now the match against England on Sunday becomes all the more important. Arjun Sen reports.See Special Coverage | Listen to reviewaudio | Pics: Windies floor India

cricket Updated: Jun 13, 2009 13:34 IST
Arjun Sen

It will be one of the standout moments of this tournament, but, in the end, it wasn’t in a winning effort.

Yuvraj Singh’s wonderfully executed flick six over mid-wicket off Jerome Taylor was one of the few moments that would have brought joy to the Indian camp on Friday. The champions crashed to a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies in their opening SuperEights encounter, putting their semifinal hopes in real jeopardy. The Windies overhauled the target with eight balls to spare.

With the openers, Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, failing to get the team off to the customary flier, the hardly tested middle-order found itself with the task of getting a total that would provide a challenge. They managed to get to 153/7, with Yuvraj Singh being the standout performer with a 43-ball 67.

As such, 154 isn’t the easiest of targets to defend, and listless fielding did not help matters.

Then, Dwayne Bravo played an innings of absolute class to safely steer his side to a well-deserved win. The all-rounder smashed 66 off just 36 balls to snuff out any hopes India had of a win. He won the game with an awesome inside-out six over cover. 46 runs came off the last 3.4 overs of the Windies’ innings, most of them from Bravo’s bat.

This defeat means India have to win both their remaining games.

Brief score: India 153-7 in 20 overs (Yuvraj 67, Yusuf 31; Edwards 3-24, Bravo 4-38) lost to West Indies 156-3in 18.4 overs (Bravo 66*, Simmons 44, Irfan 1-9) by 7 wkts