Windies ready for 'nail-biter'

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 16:49 BST

Defending champions West Indies face Pakistan for a place in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

Dwayne Bravo: Predicting a 'nail-biting game'
Dwayne Bravo: Predicting a 'nail-biting game'

Last week the Windies were riled by the comments of Australia all-rounder James Faulkner, but had the last say in a six-wicket victory on Friday.

That result effectively sealed an early exit for pre-tournament favourites Australia, Windies captain Darren Sammy doing the damage by hitting successive sixes off Faulkner to win the match with two balls to spare.

Those blows sparked memorably animated celebrations from Sammy and, especially, Windies opener Chris Gayle.

Since then, Pakistan have beaten another of Group Two's stooges - when Ahmed Shehzad's unbeaten 111 set up a 50-run success against hosts Bangladesh.

The 2009 winners therefore still have a chance of regaining their title and will be through to the last four, against the Group One winners back at the Shere Bangla Stadium, if they can get the better of the Windies on Tuesday.

Their opponents are on a mission, though, as Dwayne Bravo has been happy to spell out.

All-rounder Bravo was the man watching from 22 yards as Sammy sealed the deal against Australia - and he expects more aggression from the Windies in a must-win match.

"The intensity will always be there," he said.

"The game against Pakistan is important for both the teams... I know it will be a nail-biting game.

"We need to play well to get out of this 'Group of Death' and look forward to playing in the semi-final."


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