Darren Bravo plays on the off-side
Darren Bravo plays on the off-side

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo who have scored a century against South Africa in a virtual eliminator powered his team to tri-series final. West Indies thumped South Africa by 100 runs in the final league match as they now face Australia in the final.

Reeling at 4/21, Darren Bravo has produced the best ODI innings in his career along with Pollard (62 runs) has helped West Indies recover from the precarious situation as the pair added 156 run partnership for the fifth wicket. A handy knock by Jason Holder at the end meant West Indies have posted a mammoth 285/10 runs in 49.5 overs.

South Africa has lost their plot in the chase as they were all-out for just 185 which helped West Indies reach finals of the tri-series. Darren Bravo who has scored a run-a-ball 102 was declared Man of the Match.

”I haven’t spoken to him for some time now, but last night before I went to bed I looked at some of his clips on YouTube. That’s my boy, that’s my role model, so when I’m struggling I always go back to him,” Bravo said.

“If I’m not speaking to him, I’ll always go back and look at him on YouTube and get that sort of inspiration to keep believing in myself. Today was a very good day for me and hopefully I can continue on Sunday,” he added.

Bravo also had heaps of praise for Kieron Pollard who have played a key role in reconstructing their hampered innings as the pair added 156-run partnership. ”We were under a lot of pressure … but I think the experience of Kieron Pollard really played a big part in this game. He talked to me every single ball and we were communicating very nicely out there so it was good to put us in that position from where we were.”

“He’s definitely one of our leaders. He has that sort of presence in the dressing room. He’s played (against) a lot of these guys in the IPL and at T20 level and he’s always willing to share information. He knows them inside out. He definitely is a game-winner, a game changer for us … and it’s nice to have him back.”

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