Saturday, February 17, 2018

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career-best: Darren Bravo

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Darren Bravo says he is "hitting the ball nicely" and wants to maintain the excellent form which has seen him help Trinidad and Tobago to an unbeaten record in the Caribbean T20 tournament up to yesterday.

The left-hander has made two unbeaten half-centuries in four innings and is the tournament's leading batsman. He has amassed 164 runs at an impressive strike rate of 149.09 and an average of 82 runs per innings.

On Saturday night, in front a sell-out home crowd of 20,000 at Queen's Park Oval, Bravo hit a career-best 82 not out as the defending champions beat Guyana by 80 runs. He was the deserved winner of the Man-of-the-Match award.

"In the team meeting and in the dressing room we spoke about someone batting through the innings and I decided that [it] would definitely be my night and I backed myself to execute our game

plan in the best possible way," the vice captain said.

Bravo was the central figure in several good partnerships, which led Trinidad and Tobago to 191-4 the highest score in the tournament to date. He added 48 off 33 balls for the third wicket with older brother Dwayne and put together 54 off 30 balls for the fourth wicket with skipper Denesh Ramdin. This set the stage for a late-innings boundary spree in a fifth wicket partnership of 64 from 27 balls with the awesome Kieron Pollard.

"I'm timing and hitting the ball nicely. I've been working on a few things in the nets and it was nice to bat with experienced guys like Dwayne, Pollard and Ramdin and they helped me a lot during my innings," Bravo said.

Bravo and his teammates had a spirited training session on Monday and appeared well prepared for last night's match against the Windward Islands at Beausejour Cricket Ground.

"We're taking one game at a time so...we will try to get everything right and keep winning. We're not taking anything for granted. We have to be precise in everything we do and we have to continue playing with a positive frame of mind."