Dwayne Bravo bowled Yuvraj Singh with his third final delivery to hand over a dramatic one-run win over India to the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on the second One-Day International.
Rahul Dravid led the Indian team chasing down a record of 252 to extend their lead to 2-0. The Indian skipper had the perfect start after opting to field first, as they eliminated all the openers inside the third over. Irfan Pathan was India’s bowler pick with a three-wicket haul, but Ramnaresh Sarwan’s unbeaten 98 games brought West Indies to a respectable total of 198, but India should have hoped to chase down with ease.
The home side at one stage was six wickets down for 105 in the 36th over but made a durable finish. India lost seven wickets by 39th over their chase for 134 at one point. Yet with a couple of limited collaborations, Yuvraj Singh has waged a lone battle.
Yuvraj required only one wicket in hand to chase ten runs from the five balls against Dwayne Bravo. Yuvi, who batted 85 off 118, found successive boundaries as India only stood two runs away from another ODI victory while chasing. Bravo then bowled down a slower one at 117 KMPH, dipping full-toss aimed towards the leg-stump edge. Yuvraj misread the pace and failed to connect, as India lost one run to the game.
Yuvraj’s 93 off 121 deliveries had gone in defeat, but above all, the match, the moment, the delivery was all about Dwayne John Bravo, a young man who dared to do under unthinkable pressure what he was doing. This was the start of Bravo’s rise as an international cricket star, and the rest, as they claim, is history.
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