West Indies ekes out win against India in US run-glut
In addition to his last-over heroics, Bravo also took the wicket of Virat Kohli and a brilliant catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph: (Getty)
West Indies scored a mammoth 245 in 20 overs, only for India to fall short of the target by a solitary run in the first of two T20Is in Florida, US.
In a match that saw 489 runs being scored in 40 overs, it was Dwayne Bravo's bewitching last over that helped West Indies edge out India.
Evin Lewis's blistering hundred in the first half of the match carried West Indies to their personal best T20I score, and KL Rahul's maiden hundred kept India in the hunt till the very last ball.
Rahul's century in 46 balls meant that India hardly looked to have broken a sweat while chasing what would have been the highest run chase in T20I history.
But in walked Dwayne Bravo to bowl the last over of the match. With India needing eight runs of six balls, all bets were on the Men in Blue to win the run-fest. But the 32-year-old West Indian used all his guiles to restrict India and hand his team the lead in the series.
Speaking about the last over, Bravo said, "With nine runs to go, I said we didn't have anything to lose. I'd like to test my skills in these kinds of situations. We know what MS (Dhoni) can do. He can finish off the game with one hit. I wanted to ensure the first ball didn't go for a boundary. I wanted to keep my composure and back my skills with two balls: The slower one and the yorker."
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who faced the last ball of the match with his team requiring two runs for an outright win, later said the execution of the last ball was wrong.
(WION with inputs from agencies)