West Indies must aim to avoid whitewash in ODI series: Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo said West Indies will feel comfortable going into the series against New Zealand AFP

London: Jun 20, 2012

Vice-captain Dwayne Bravo says the West Indies‘ sole objective will be avoiding a clean sweep after the Caribbean side conceded the three-match One-Day International series with a second straight defeat on Tuesday.

The West Indies produced a limp display to go down by eight wickets at the Oval and it came on the heels of their crushing 114-run loss in the opening ODI at Southampton last Saturday.

With the final game set for Friday at Headingley, Bravo said it was important the Windies came away with a win.

“I wasn’t here for the Test series but obviously I am here now and to lose the ODI series, I am very disappointed. We have a very good team and I think we should have given a better showing of ourselves,” said the experienced all-rounder.

“The New Zealand series (starting later this month), we will feel comfortable going into it but we have another game here to finish and a Twenty20.

“So that will be our focus and our aim, to try and win the last game and try and avoid a three-nil. I think that should be our aim at this moment.”

Bravo top-scored with 77 as the West Indies, sent in by England, reached 238/9 from their 50 overs.

He shared an even hundred for the fifth wicket with Kieron Pollard (41) for the fifth wicket after the Windies slipped to 79/4 in the 21st over.

Opener Chris Gayle had earlier smashed a shot-filled 53 from 51 balls, counting three fours and five sixes, to give the innings a rollicking start.

Once the left-hander was out in controversial circumstances, the West Indies lost four quick wickets for 16 runs and Bravo said Gayle’s dismissal was a turning point.

“The decision did not help also. Chris got off to a very good start and it was unfortunate the way he got out, it actually put us on the back foot. Had the decision gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game,” Bravo said.

“We lost our way in the middle and I think Pollard and myself kind of fought our way back with a hundred partnership before we lost the fifth wicket. Then we were not in a position to have the firepower to finish off the innings.”

The West Indies lost the preceding three-Test series 0-2. (IANS)