Lara hails Windies' heroic duo

Published on Sep 26, 2004 12:18 PM IST

"It was a tremendous effort. It is great to see guys believe in themselves - I'm not sure if Bradshaw has even had a net," said Lara.

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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, London

Captain Brian Lara praised the efforts of tailenders Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw after the unlikely duo had guided the West Indies to a two-wicket win over England in the ICC Champions Trophy here at the Oval on Saturday.

The pair put on 71 for the ninth wicket, after West Indies had been 147-8, to get their side past England's 217 with seven wickets to spare.

The stand was a ninth record for the West Indies in one-day cricket surpassing the 63 set by Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall in Sydney in 1985 and took their side to their first major trophy since the 1979 World Cup.

Bradshaw made 34 not out and Browne an unbeaten 35 as the pair saw off England's most hostile bowlers in almost unplayable light for a memorable win.

"It was a tremendous effort. It is great to see guys believe in themselves - I'm not sure if Bradshaw has even had a net," said Lara.

"They are two guys from Barbados who have played together in many matches so I expected them to cope out there."

Bradshaw said his performance was the best of his career.

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