Bravo rues lost chance to win series

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West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo was disappointed to miss out on winning an ODI series in India, after his side failed to defend a decent 263 in the third and final ODI in Kanpur on Wednesday.

West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo was disappointed to miss out on winning an ODI series in India, after his side failed to defend a decent 263 in the third and final ODI in Kanpur on Wednesday.

India chased the score down with 23 balls to spare and five wickets in hand, giving them a two-one series win and their sixth such success in a row. Bravo felt his bowlers should have done a better job on the day.

Bravo said: "The average score on this wicket is 230-235 but we did really well to get to 260-plus. But the wicket did get better to bat in the afternoon and the strong Indian line-up got a very good start. We were outplayed with the bat and we need to give credit where it is due.

"At times we were inconsistent with the ball and we paid for it. We did a lot of things right but unfortunately just didn't win the game. We are disappointed because this was our best opportunity to win a series in India. We just have to regroup and keep believing."

The skipper went on to say that he was frustrated by the lack of big scores by his players, especially as three batsmen recorded half centuries, but none could do what Shikhar Dhawan did and record a ton.

He continued: "Samuels and Powell had a fantastic partnership (117 runs) but unfortunately none of them could carry on to score a big one. Samuels got out to a good ball from Ashwin, which was the turning point.

"I would have loved our batsmen to consolidate on their starts but as long as they keep showing signs of form, I am sure big score will follow.

"The difference between us and India is that our batsmen get starts and get out, whereas one or two Indian batsmen always bat through to either set a big target or until India wins.

"That's what our batsmen need to learn. The talent is there and now we just have to get our attitude and mindset right."

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