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Lara, Bravo doubtful for second ODI

Captain Brian Lara and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo are rendered doubtful for the second one-dayer in Cuttack against India with a knee injury.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 17:45 IST

West Indies' hopes of stopping India from taking an unassailable lead in the four-match series took a knock after captain Brian Lara and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo were rendered doubtful for Wednesday's second one-dayer with a left knee injury.

"I am uncertain. I will practice today and decide tomorrow," Lara said on the eve of the match at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

The Trinidadian had a short stint in the nets and then opted for rest.

Bravo was also on the injured list after he collided with the umpire during the opening one-dayer at Nagpur which India won by 14 runs to open up a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

"Bravo is also uncertain. And in case I cannot play, Chris Gayle will be the stand-in skipper," Lara said.

The West Indies skipper, however, denied that his team was low on morale after the defeat in the first ODI at Nagpur.

"We had a close match. But the pitch was not fair to the fast bowlers. Morally, we did not lose."

"Actually, we are on a high after reaching 324 while chasing the huge total of 338. Any other team would have given up midway," Lara said.

He hoped that the Barabati track would be a 'fair' one.

Lara said that the series would be important for his side's preparation for the World Cup which the Caribbeans are hosting for the first time in March-April.

"We are playing in conditions that will not be much different from back home. India are a quality side and this is a good platform for the World Cup," he said.

After having dominated India in ODIs in recent times, Lara did not think that the momentum has shifted to India after the Nagpur result.

"It was just one match and a close match," he added.

First Published: Jan 23, 2007 17:45 IST