No choice, a six was the only option, says Bravo

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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 17:15 [IST]
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Last-ball six was the only option: Bravo

Kolkata, May 15: Chennai Super Kings batsman Dwayne Bravo, who hit a six off the last ball to keep his team in the play-off race, said he backed himself to score the five runs needed of Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Rajat Bhatia' last delivery.

Bravo also admitted that a boundary was the only option and said that Bhatia helped him to some extent with a lose full toss.

"It was a very simple equation. We needed four to tie and five to win. So definitely boundary was the option, and I backed myself well," he said at the post-match press conference on Monday.

"The bowler (Bhatia) helped with a bad delivery in that over. It was a fantastic game. You got to give credit to both teams. The fans got their money's worth," Bravo added.

Bravo feels his side should have won comfortably given the firing start from openers David Hussey(56 off 39) and Murali Vijay(36 off 25) putting on 97 in only 9.2 overs. Kolkata off-spinner Sunil Narine struck twice which brought them back into the game.

"We should have won the game easily with the start we got. But as I said, the credit goes to the opposition. Sunil came in and got two crucial wickets," Bravo said.

"No, I didn't expect the game to stretch to the last ball, after the explosive start we had. But we lost two back-to-back crucial wickets, and after that the pressure mounted. But it is in these high pressure games that we need to perform because we need to rise above pressure and perform."

CSK are on spot with 17 points in 15 games, they need to win their final encounter against Kings XI on Thursday to seal a berth in the play-offs.

"Our aim is to make the top four. The position in the table does not matter as long as we qualify for the next round. Winning these close games are very important. We have one more left and hopefully we can win it," Bravo said.


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