Darren Bravo's century helped West Indies win the match with a bonus point © AFP
Darren Bravo’s century helped West Indies win the match with a bonus point © AFP

Darren Bravo has credited former West Indian great Brian Lara after scoring an match-winning century in his side’s huge win over South Africa in the tri-nation series. Bravo, whose style of batting is likened to that of Lara’s, scored 102 as West Indies beat their opponents by 100 runs, and thus, qualified for the final against Australia. The hosts posted 285 batting first, thanks to the knock from Bravo. He was duly supported by Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder, who scored 62 and 40 respectively. And with the ball, the hosts bowled out South Africa for 185 to book a place in the final. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, Match 9, Tri-Nations Series 2016 at Barbados

Speaking after the game, Bravo credited his knock to the legendary Lara. “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.”

“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.”

Bravo also praised fellow mate Pollard, with whom he shared a 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 with these guys at 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.”