5 instances when Dwayne Bravo won the match in the last over
Instances where the all-rounder grabbed victories from the jaws of defeats.
Published - Oct 27, 2018 12:55 pm | Updated - Oct 27, 2018 2:15 pm
Dwayne Bravo, the Trinidadian, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on October 25th, 2018. His dispute with the West Indies cricket board denied him an extended run with the national team. However, his exploits in the T20 format were far more superior than the other two formats. He was an integral part of the Windies team that emerged victorious in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012 and 2016.
Gradually, he became fully associated with all the franchise cricket across the globe. He has played for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Gujarat Lions in the IPL. He currently also plays for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.
He is a genuine batsman who bowls medium pace, however, with the advent of T20 cricket, his bowling became a huge asset. His toe-crushing yorkers along with outsmarting the batsman with his clever variations enabled the captains to trust him within the death overs.
It not only helped to get some priceless wickets but also used to curb the flow of some invaluable runs which otherwise plays a big part in the back end of the innings. We look at five instances where Dwayne Bravo grabbed victories from the jaws of defeats at the last over:-
India vs West Indies, ICC World Twenty20 2010
India and Windies went one against each other in the super eight stage of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. Both sides had been dominant in the group stage and had won both their matches in their respective groups.
India, after winning the toss, sent Windies to bat first. Led by Chris Gayle’s power-hitting and quick but short-lived cameos from the skipper Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard, West Indies finished with 169 in their 20 overs. For Gayle, there was no looking back as it was an innings of a raw power combined with brute force, smashing seven sixes in his 66-ball innings of 98.
India’s batsmen, none of them could keep going. Suresh Raina and the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had got good starts but failed to hang in there to keep the momentum going. India somehow dragged the match to the last over with 19 required and two wickets in hand.
Bravo had been given the responsibility to defend 19 runs. With Jadeja on strike, Bravo gave just the one run off the first ball. A dot ball off the next delivery and Ashish Nehra skied one to long on to be caught by Sulieman Benn. The last three deliveries just produced three runs as Bravo aced in defending 19 runs and the Windies clinched the match by 14 runs with India on the brink of being eliminated from the tournament.