Providence: Solid contributions by the Bravo brothers,Darren and Dwayne,lifted the West Indies to 232 for eight batting first against Pakistan in the second one-dayer of the five-match series at the Guyana National Stadium on Tuesday.
After Darrens top score of 54 through the first half of the innings,skipper Dwayne provided vital impetus in holding the latter half of the innings together with an unbeaten 43 that proved critical in helping his side to a par total.
Shahid Afridi claimed two wickets,as did Saeed Ajmal,the pair of slow bowlers threatening to stifle the home team for the second time this series.
West Indies indeed seemed on course for another batting debacle when the giant left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan removed Chris Gayle in the first over of the match after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq put the opposition in on a pitch expected to have considerable preparation moisture following continuous showers the day before.
However Darren Bravo and Johnson Charles (31) counter-attacked either side of a rain break,the pair putting on 79 runs for the second wicket before the opening batsman was stumped off Afridi.
It took the arrival of the batting powerplay to change the complexion of the innings as wickets fell in a rush,only for Kieron Pollard (30) to finally provide some stability and acceleration with his captain,the pair taking the West Indies from the uncertainty of 150 for five in the 39th over to 220 when Pollard was bowled by Asad Ali in the penultimate over.
Brief scores: WI 232/8 in 50 overs (Darren Bravo 54,Dwayne Bravo 43; S Afridi 2/29,S Ajmal 2/45) vs Pakistan