Bravo proud of how well variations worked


Gujarat Lions recorded their maiden IPL victory thanks to four wickets from all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and the West Indies star says he was pleased with how well his slower balls and yorkers worked against Kings XI Punjab.

The KXIP batsmen were well set at 98 for two after 11 overs, heading towards a big score, but Bravo came on to take two key wickets in the 12th over, removing Glenn Maxwell and David Miller.

Bravo told the IPL website that he had been working hard in the nets on his variations and was pleased to see it paying off: "They [Maxwell and Miller] are two dangerous players and any team would love to see the back of them early.

"Miller started very well and we all know how dangerous Maxwell can be, so I tried to upset him [Maxwell] a little bit – bowl a few short balls to try and keep him on the back foot.

"I executed one of my better yorkers today and Miller's [wicket came off] a very good slower ball. It was these two deliveries that worked today and changed the game in our favour, and I am very happy that I am able to contribute to our team's success."

He added that the track was helpful to him: "The wicket was a very good wicket, my [plan] was to try and get wickets, try and attack and it worked today.

"I bowled a few short balls, tried to push the batsman back and then execute my slower balls and variations. I think all in all it was a great bowling effort by the team to finish off with a total we were very comfortable chasing."