Darren Bravo looking for more big runs
West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago batsman Darren Bravo will be looking for more big hundreds after scoring his maiden One Day International century against Zimbabwe on Friday.
The stylish left-hander made 100 not out--reaching the coveted milestone off the final ball of the innings--as the West Indies posted a huge score of 337 for four.
The visitors were restricted to 181 for nine as the Windies won by 156 runs.
"A first century in a winning cause is a great feeling. The hard work is paying off and the aim is to continue and get more big scores," Bravo said after the match.
The T&T batsman is also keen on anchoring the innings and helping the regional team to more victories.
"I have focused on batting through the innings and taking it down to the end.
"I knew I had enough time and once I batted through the innings, something special would happen.
"Today, (Friday), it worked really well for me and I will be looking to press on in the second match on Sunday (today)," he added.
Bravo was dominant against Zimbabwe, adding 80 for the second wicket with Johnson Charles, who top-scored with 130 before exploding in the final ten overs to reach triple figures off 71 balls with nine fours and four sixes.
It was Bravo's fifth international century overall, adding to the four he has scored in Test cricket.
His previous highest score in One-Day cricket was 86 against India at Sabina Park, Jamaica. He equaled that score against Australia at Manuka Oval in Canberra two weeks ago.
"I never panicked. I soaked up a lot of balls at the start of the innings as I tried to get myself in," he explained.
"Johnno (Johnson Charles) was going great guns so my role was just to support him and turn over the strike, as it was a right-hand/left-hand combination.
"I knew that once I got in I could pick it up at the back end and that is what happened.
"The batting powerplay was just around the corner so it was just a matter of playing it smart. It was good pitch and the ball wasn't doing much so I just had to make sure I kept my shape and play to my strong areas," said the middle order batsman.
"It was one of those very good days when we got it all right in all three departments--batting, bowling and fielding.
"As batsmen we knew we had to give the team a good foundation and we managed to do just that. The bowlers finished the job, backed up by some very good catches in the outfield," he added.