Do or die for Windies
CARDIFF – Captain Dwayne Bravo says the West Indies are under no pressure as they prepare to battle South Africa in a do or die Group B clash of the ICC champions Trophy today.
West Indies, the World Twenty20 champions, are taking on a South African outfit that has not lifted a major One-Day trophy since winning the 1998 edition of this tournament.
The Caribbean cricketers have found themselves in a must-win situation after winning their first match, a low-scoring game against Pakistan and losing their second against India.
“The South Africans will feel the pressure also . . . they know if they lose, they are going back home. We are going to enjoy the occasion and forget what happened in previous games,” Bravo said.
“We have been in this situation before and done well. There is no pressure on us. I am not worried about previous games. I am really excited and looking forward to this game.”
West Indies will fancy their chances, having been the team that has put South Africa out of tournaments the most.
However Bravo has expressed concern about West Indies low totals.
They have failed to compile solid scores in their first two preliminary games of the tournament after being restricted to 233 in their eight-wicket loss to India and scoring 170 runs in the two-wicket victory over Pakistan.
“We are aware of it. We are also aware that other teams have been struggling also not only our batting lineup but if you look at the score throughout the country it has been very low scoring and it’s a bit of concern for us,” said Bravo.
“I must say I know we have the ability and talent could just take you so far . . . but we just have to try and be a little smarter and try to learn from the mistakes of the last game and try to make sure that we don’t do it again”.
South Africa are set to field Dale Steyn for the first time in this tournament today.
Rain is forecast for today to such an extent that a no result is possible, meaning South Africa would go through to the last four because of their superior net run-rate. (CMC)