LONDON— West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo is confident of containing India’s batting firepower when the two sides meet in a key Champions Trophy match at the Oval today.
The winner is almost certain to take one of the two semi-final berths from Group B after both teams won their opening games, albeit in contrasting fashion.
India, the reigning World Cup champions, brushed aside injury-hit South Africa by 26 runs in Cardiff after an impressive batting display saw them post a commanding 331-7.
The West Indies shot Pakistan out for 170 at the Oval on Friday, but then showed their vulnerability while batting as they lost eight wickets while chasing the modest target.
All-rounder Bravo, who replaced Darren Sammy as one-day captain ahead of the tournament, said the close result did not worry him as his side prepared to face the in-form Indians.
“We came out on top and that’s more important,” said Bravo. “It does not matter if you lose eight or nine wickets, we got the two points that we wanted.”
Bravo, whose side beat Sri Lanka by 17 runs in a practice match in Edgbaston last week, said winning two games in a row was the right morale-booster ahead of tougher encounters.
Bravo, who plays for Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, said the West Indies had the resources to take the world champions in their stride.
“It’s another tough game against a team whose strength lies is their batting,” he said. “But we have the right bowlers to control their batting.”