West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo admitted after the eight-wicket defeat against India that the batting came up short despite a solid start and he expects better in their final Group B match against South Africa on Friday.
“We need to identify how we can become better and comfortable with the batting group and the middle overs when the slow bowlers are on, and try to pick up the boundaries and build momentum,” Bravo said.
“At the moment, we keep stalling in the middle and that’s where we lose the games. We don’t lose the games in the first six or in the last six; in the middle overs is where actually we lose it as a batting group.”
Bravo was, however, full of praise for Sammy, who pulled the innings around from 179-8 in the 44th over with some phenomenal power-hitting. He added a record, unbroken 50 off 27 balls with Kemar Roach who supported well.
“I wouldn’t say Sammy had something to prove. He got an opportunity and he did very well. It was the right situation for him and he played his natural game.
“Sammy is a very competitive person and he comes out there and gives 100 per cent at all times whenever he plays for West Indies.”
West Indies were totally outplayed by India at the Oval. Johnson Charles scored a purposeful 60 at the top of the order and Sammy blasted four sixes in a stunning 56 not out, but 233-9 proved inadequate.
India made 236-2, with a brilliant run-a-ball century from left-hander Shikhar Dhawan, and moved top of the group.
The Man-of-the-Match award went to left-arm spinner Rajindra Jadeja, who took a career-best five-wicket haul.
The Windies slipped to third position and will have to beat second-placed South Africa on to qualify for the semifinals.
Bravo said his team is looking forward to the showdown against the Proteas at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
India have four points from two matches and have qualified for the semis. South Africa have two points, West Indies have two points, while Pakistan are yet to register a point and have been eliminated.
“Those kinds of games are some of the best games to play, to be honest, where the destiny is in our own hands, and it’s important we forget what happened against India,” Bravo said. We still have hope.
“South Africa are a very good team that’s very well respected. We just have to make sure that when we turn up on Friday we are all ready to play, and it’s going to be like a final for us, and definitely we have to make sure that we win that game. It’s possible.”