We will dominate Indian bowlers on day two, says Kraigg Brathwaite

West Indian batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, whose previous highest score in six Tests was 63, said the plan will be to bat for the major part of day two and pile on a formidable total AFP

Mumbai: Nov 22, 2011

After laying a solid foundation with a century partnership with fellow-opener Adrian Barath, West Indian batsman Kraigg Brathwaite said that the visitors are looking to attack more on the second day of the third and final Test against India on Wednesday.

“Yes, we lost two wickets (openers), but we have two batsmen (Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo), who are well set to come out tomorrow and dominate (the bowling) and get a good score,” said the 18-year-old, who scored a career-best 68 and put on 137-run opening wicket stand with Barath (62).

West Indies, down 0-2 in the three-match rubber, were 267 for two at stumps with Kirk Edwards (65) and Darren Bravo (57) at the crease.

Brathwaite, whose previous highest score in six Tests was 63, said the plan was to bat for the major part of day two and pile on a formidable total.

“Having electing to bat, we want to bat out the better part of two days and get a good score. In Kolkata, in the second innings we got a good score and we want to do that again,” he said.

Praising the Wankhede pitch, Brathwaite said it was the best of the three they had played on so far in India.

“This is probably the best among the three we have played on. New ball (was) doing a bit, but not much. It was spinning but quite slowly. We were trying to adjust. It’s a good pitch,” he said.

The opening batsman also felt that the pitch would offer consistent bounce throughout the match.

“I feel bounce will be consistent throughout the match. I don’t think there will be low bounce or anything,” said Brathwaite.

Brathwaite revealed that he and his opening partner had decided to avoid taking risks in the morning and bat out an hour at the least by seeing off the new ball.

“As openers me and Barath decided we have to see off the first hour without losing any wicket. And we did that. We said we should press on, got a 50 partnership and then a hundred.

When we came after lunch we said we give the team the best possible start,” he said.

The youngster from Barbados said that the slow scoring in the first session (80 for none in 30 overs) was because the Indian pacers bowled a consistent line.

“The bowlers were bowling consistently. Not easy to get the pacers off the wicket,” said Brathwaite.

On Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has been ruled out of this Test after he failed to recover sufficiently from the calf strain that he sustained in the Kolkata Test, Brathwaite said that although he is a world class player, every other batsman in the side knew they had to score runs and there was no change in the team’s strategy.

“I mean not that much (change in strategy). Obviously he’s a world class player, we know what we have to do. Batsmen know we have to score runs. That’s the bottom line.”

On Indian debutant Varun Aaron, Brathwaite said that the Jharkhand player bowled with good pace but did not get any assistance from the wicket.

“He bowled with pace. Pace was okay but he did not get much assistance from the pitch,” he remarked. (PTI)