Champions Trophy: Dwayne Bravo disappointed as West Indies tie with South Africa

Last Updated: 15/06/13 7:53am

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Reaction from the captains as South Africa progress to the Champions Trophy semi-finals after a rain-affected tie with West Indies.

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West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo felt his side could have been given an extra ball to win their Champions Trophy match against South Africa.

The Group B clash in Cardiff finished in a tie under the Duckworth-Lewis method after Kieron Pollard was dismissed from the last ball before rain stopped play with 29 deliveries remaining.

Umpires Steve Davis and Rod Tucker took the players from the field as the rain intensified and both teams received a point from the tie, meaning South Africa progressed to the semi-finals at the expense of West Indies due to their superior net run-rate.

"I think it would have been fair for both teams, the fans and tournament if that extra ball had been bowled or something like that."
Dwayne Bravo

Bravo said: "Obviously we are disappointed and I must say I am disappointed with how the game ended, but I am not disappointed with what the umpires did.

"They had a job to do and they do it to the best of their abilities, and as players we have no control over the decisions they make.

"I think it would have been fair for both teams, the fans and tournament if that extra ball had been bowled or something like that.

"But you have to give credit to both teams, South Africa batted very well and I was pleased with how my guys went in the run chase.

"With a score of 230 on a small ground with a fast outfield we always back ourselves to run down the total, and we were in the game right until Kieron got out.

"We were within striking range, I am disappointed the result did not go our way but my guys should be proud of themselves."

'Right decision'

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said: "I was aware we were behind as the Duckworth-Lewis score was on the scoreboard the whole time which made it easy for us to follow and plan.

"At that time as it had been raining for half an hour, so it was difficult to know when the umpires were going to call it.

"But I felt the rain was getting heavier, the ball was really wet and it became difficult to communicate with my bowlers as it was so windy.

"I thought it got quite dangerous and slippy out there so I think they made the right decision, although I would have been happier if they had called it 15 minutes earlier.

"But we will take the luck and go to the semi-finals with it. We have been on the wrong side of these matches so I am very happy."

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