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No more Bravo for West Indies in Cricket World Cup

by | Apr 8, 2015

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West Indies batsman, Darren Bravo

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup today after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the squad`s players` association said.

Darren Bravo has been ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced in the West Indies squad. Get well soon @DMBravo46#cwc15,” tweeted the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

Bravo suffered a left hamstring injury in the 150-run win over Pakistan in Christchurch last weekend and missed today`s 257-run defeat by South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 26-year-old Trinidadian made 49 against Pakistan before he was forced to retire hurt.

He had also been left dazed when a powerful throw from Younis Khan hit him on the side of the helmet as he scrambled through for a single.

To complete his miserable day, he was later reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for swearing.

Bravo must have watched in more pain today as Wst Indies took a battering from South Africa to leave their hopes of being one of the four to advance out of the seven-team pool testy.

 

They need at least a win from either of their two remaining matches against unbeaten India on March 6 and the United Arab Emirates on March 15.

In the match that ended at daybreak today, A B de Villiers hit the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals as South Africa condemned the West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat in Sydney.

De Villiers took 64 deliveries to reach 150, beating the previous best, set by Australia’s Shane Watson, by 19 balls.

He finished 162 not out from 66 balls as South Africa made 408-5, the second-highest total in World Cups.

Imran Tahir took 5-45 as West Indies were 151 all out, equalling the heaviest World Cup defeat by runs.

Only last month, De Villiers hit the fastest-ever ODI hundred against the same team in Johannesburg, from 31 balls.

In that same innings, South Africa’s captain also set the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs, from 16 balls.

De Villiers put on 134 with Rilee Rossouw (61 from 39) and South Africa scored 222 from the last 15 overs.

The Proteas made a sluggish start and were 87-1 after 20 overs, before De Villiers came to the crease in the 30th over with his side 146-3.

West Indies captain Jason Holder’s last two overs went for 64 runs, with one over going for 34.

De Villiers finished with 17 fours and eight sixes, more than he had dot balls.

South Africa’s total was the highest by any team in Australia and only India’s 413-5 against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007 (which also finished in a 257-run victory for India) is higher in World Cups.

Hashim Amla (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) also made fifties for South Africa, while Holder, who conceded just nine runs in his first five overs, finished with figures of 1-104 off 10, the most expensive in World Cup history.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who scored the first double-hundred in World Cups against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, scored only three before he was bowled by Kyle Abbott.

Dwayne Smith (31) offered early resistance as leg-spinner Tahir tore through the West Indies batting, becoming the first South African spinner to take five wickets in a World Cup match.

West Indies captain  Holder topscored with 56 and it was Chris Gayle (3), Marlon Samuels (a duck), Jonathan Carter 10, Denesh Ramdin 22, Lendl Simmons (a duck), Darren Sammy 5, Andre Russell a duck, Jerome Taylor 15 and Sulieman Bennn 1 in an abject batting display.

 

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