London: West Indies have the bowlers to counter India's batting line-up when the two teams meet at The Oval seeking to outdo the other in a race to the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals, according to their captain Darren Bravo. Both teams pocketed two points after winning their tournament openers respectively, and now go head-to-head on Tuesday.
Reflecting on his team's two-wicket defeat of Pakistan at The Oval on Friday and weighing up India ahead of the next match at the same venue, Bravo said: "We came out on top and that's more important. It does not matter if you lose eight or nine wickets, we got the two points that we wanted.
"It's another tough game against a team whose strength lies is their batting, but we have the right bowlers to control their batting. Cricket is played on the day. India could turn up on Tuesday and be knocked over, or score a big total again as they normally do. I have the right attack if I want to go with someone with raw pace. I have the reserve bench that is strong enough to actually come up with the 11 that I think will do well against the Indians."
Chasing 170 against Pakistan, West Indies scraped home by two wickets as their batsmen struggled to cope with Pakistan's varied and vastly talented bowling attack. For Bravo, the shaky chase was not a big reason for concern ahead of fixtures against India and South Africa in Group B.
"It is a great personal achievement for me," he said. "But it is not all about me as a captain. It's how we all come together and try to make the best decision for the team. The West Indies normally do not start well in tournaments like this, so it was important that we get our first win out of the way and look forward to the rest of the games ahead."
West Indies have lost three of their last 11 ODIs against India over the past three years.