Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo paid tribute to West Indies legend Brian Lara yesterday, saying the batting genius had a big part to play in his team’s three-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in their Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 match at Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night.
Of the victory, which was their first in four matches in the tournament so far, Bravo said:”It was a great win for us.
“We really needed it to stay alive in the tournament. We planned very well and we all knew the importance of last night’s game. But having said that, really and truly I must give tribute to one person, Brian Charles Lara,” Bravo added.
Speaking about Lara’s role in the win, Bravo said: “He actually phoned me and invited me to his home yesterday (Friday) and we had a long chat. He had a chat with the batters also, and I think that actually made a big difference.
“It helped me as a captain and reminded me about the good things I could do,” the Red Steel skipper added.
Looking ahead, Bravo would want to keep the momentum going for the rest of the tournament, and believes his players are peaking at the right time.
The Red Steel face the Antigua Hawksbills in the last home match at the Oval from 8 p.m. tonight.
The Amazon Warriors are also in action today against unbeaten Barbados Tridents at the same venue from 3 p.m., and according to CPL T20 organisers, tickets for today’s double header are already sold out.
The ticket office at the Oval will re-open tomorrow at 9 a.m., when tickets for semi-finals and final on sale.
“The Jamaica game could have gone either way. We won last night (Friday night) and we have another game tomorrow,” said Bravo.
“Every game now is like a final, and we are going to treat it like a final. This win means a lot and it will boost our confidence. The guys are starting to peak at the right time and that is what we need as a team.”
“In the games that we lost, the batters did not get off to a good start. In the Jamaica game there were a lot of good positive signs.
“(Adrian) Barath made a positive difference coming into the team...Ross Taylor got runs in the Jamaica game and last night (Friday night). Kevin O’Brien, I think he got a chance on the first ball, and that was the luck we needed to change our momentum.
“Kevin laid the foundation and that set the tone for us to get a winning total,” he added.
Today’s CPL T20 Fixtures
(At Queen’s Park Oval)
Tridents vs Amazon Warriors, 3 p.m.
Red Steel vs Antigua Hawksbills, 8 p.m.