34-Year-Old Batsman Trinbago Knight Riders Nickname: Johnny
August 20, 2017 Dwayne Bravo News
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Bravo took one for 35 off three overs in Saturday's victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL.
While Bravo's been consistent in taking the occasional wicket-taking at least one in six of seven matches throughout the CPL-his economy of 9.23 is jarring even for him, though his 21.55 average does help smooth things out a bit. After missing the Indian summer with a bum hamstring, he's returned in time to help the Knight Riders go atop the table.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe Lions enter Friday's game against the Knight Riders in dire straits at the bottom of the table and just two points to their name. Part of the problem has been the absence of Bravo, who has nabbed 122 wickets in IPL play across the prior nine seasons. The No. 5 T20I allrounder, his status remains in limbo due to January hamstring surgery.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo hasn't played since sustaining his hamstring injury in the waning days of 2016 while playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. The talented allrounder has won two purple caps in the IPL and is one of the best death bowlers in the world while also providing good power in the middle order for both club and country. His absence, along with Ravindra Jadeja (finger), will force some squad players for the Lions to take on larger roles until they reach fitness.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo fell to the ground holding his left leg after attempting to field a ball and was stretchered off the field in Renegades' match against Scorchers. There is no return date set for the West Indian allrounder. "It's a huge blow, he's one of the best allrounders in the world. It's an unbelievably damaging blow for us, but also for him because we know how much he loves coming out here," said Renegades' captain Aaron Finch.
Fantasy AnalysisThe West Indies T20 specialist, Bravo led the way with the bat and was only one of two from the side that made double figures (Jason Holder 21). His half-century was almost a run-a-ball, coming from 54 balls and included two sixes and five fours. Bravo was less fortunate with the ball, only bowling two overs but conceding 16 runs for no reward.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Kieran Powell smashed two fours and a six off Ronsford Beaton in the second over of the match, Bravo decided to take matters into his own hands in the fourth. Bravo allowed a first-ball single to Powell, but an outside edge was promptly induced from Evin Lewis' bat, with a diving catch completing the first dismissal. Three ensuing dots to du Plessis set Bravo up to add some pace, and the South African couldn't connect with a yorker that hit middle stump. In the death, Bravo reintroduced himself to the Patriots, bowling Shamarh Brooks in the 18th and making a return catch from Devon Thomas on the final ball of the innings. With the four-for in his back pocket, consistent run scoring and timely boundaries helped the Knight Riders completed the contest with 18 balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo hit the winning run with 14 balls remaining in his side's relaxed chase of Barbados's 172-run total, but his contribution with the ball did more for the Knight Riders' success at Kensington Oval. The allrounder bowled out Tridents lead scorer Shoaib Malik in the 15th over and later hobbled Nicholas Pooran for a duck. Bravo's four overs at the crease came at a 34-run cost for his side, but his 23-run contribution off 11 balls went some way to clawing it back. A pair of fours and sixes helped him tally a whopping batting strike rate of 209.09 before his stint was cut short by the game-winning score.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking over the reins from Hashim Amla (64) in the 18th, Bravo took a liking to the ropes, clearing them entirely on three occasions and tacking on another four for good measure. Bravo lasted just eight balls, but the effort helped push the Trinbago Knight Riders to 151. With the ball, the captain gave up his fair share of boundaries -- two sixes and two fours -- but he picked up key wickets in the form of Jason Mohammed in the 11th and Martin Guptill in the 19th. The latter dismissal ended most hope for a successful chase with the Amazon Warriors sitting on 122 at the time, and indeed the Knight Riders fended off the hosts for a seven-run victory.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Trinbago Knight Riders suffered dismissal after dismissal to kick off the first innings, losing Brandon McCullum, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, and Umar Akmal before the end of the fifth over. After the bleak stretch, though, Dwayne Bravo united with Hashim Amla and steered the squad back to the light, building to a platform of 78 through the 13th from which to launch a late assault. The tandem produced at least 10 runs in six of the final seven overs with the aid of seven sixes and three fours. Once the final ball of the innings was bowled past Amla, they had cobbled together the largest fifth-wicket stand in T20 history and the most fruitful wicket of any kind in the annals of CPL. Dwayne Bravo was unable to match this match-winning effort Saturday versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors -- 18 off 17 -- but his second half century in 29 CPL innings fueled the Knight Riders' first win of the season.
Fantasy AnalysisPreviously known as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, the Knight Riders followed their predecessor's footsteps with the selection of Bravo in the first round of February's draft. The allround talent has been modest with the bat in season's past, averaging 25.1 in 26 innings, but he's made his presence felt on the other end of the spectrum. In 31 CPL innings, he's toppled 47 wickets, including 28 during his side's run to the title in 2015. He'll seek a repeat performance in the first match of the tournament Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of the team's two international players, Bravo closed out his first match for Surrey with a flourish, needing just four balls (one of which was a no-ball) to collect the final two wickets to end Hampshire's day after just 16.3 overs. Bravo has 17 half-centuries to his name in 258 t20 innings, which makes his day with just three runs disappointing, but the exciting all-rounder is sure to find his form quickly enough.
Fantasy AnalysisMaking valuable contributions with the ball, Bravo matched Samuel Badree and Andre Russell for the team lead in scalps throughout the tournament. However, Bravo's trio in the first innings of the WT20 final were key, as he sent England's Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, among others, to the showers. After the Windies lost three batsmen within the first 15 balls of the chase, Bravo teamed up with top scorer Marlon Samuels for a 75-run stand, powering 25 off 27 with one six and one four. In line for a respite from the international game, Bravo will suit up for the Gujarat Lions' inaugural season in the IPL, which begins Monday against Kings XI.
Fantasy AnalysisTwo boundaries aside in his first over, Bravo was on point, delivering seven dot balls and taking out Brad Hodge at 33. After sending him off, Bravo ensured his sixth match in a row with multiple scalps. He remains the easy leader in the category with 21, which have toppled every 9.6 balls with an accompanying economy rate of 7.34.
Fantasy AnalysisPerhaps Bravo could have stemmed the tide of the match if captain MS Dhoni had utilized the Trinidadian earlier than the 12th over, which he concluded by breaking up Mumbai's 119-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons. Although his innings weren't particularly cheap, Bravo later added the scalp of Hardik Pandya for his IPL-leading 26th of the season. Outside of 62 not out against the Royals on Apr. 19, Bravo produced little with the bat, riding four more unbeaten outings to a miserable 14.77 average and 118.75 strike rate. Despite previously announcing his retirement from Test cricket, there remains a chance that he plays in the upcoming Test series against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo's first two overs were particularly crisp, as he gave up nine runs while capturing the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma. However, the Super Kings' fielding was less than inspiring throughout the match, and Bravo suffered through 15- and 16-run bombardments in the death. Powered by Kieron Pollard, Bravo finally induced a top edge to long off to send the fellow Trinidadian to the pavilion at 19.4. In the second innings, Bravo scattered his offering with the bat across stands of 24 and nine runs, before he was run out in the 15th via a direct hit from keeper Parthiv Patel. When needed, Bravo has fared well with the bat this season, averaging 26.57 at a 131.91 strike rate in 12 innings. However, he's made his real impact with the ball, leading the IPL with 23 wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Super Kings' bowling unit cobbled together cheap enough overs that Bravo was contained to two in the death. After conceding two sixes en route to 20 runs, he induced Axar Patel to top edge to keeper MS Dhoni on his final delivery, keeping Bravo one scalp ahead of the competition. With 20 on the ledger, Bravo has toppled them every 12.4 balls, which is the third-best mark among the 26 players with double-digit wickets for the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisDropped to No. 8 in the order, Bravo mustered just two off three at the end of the first innings, but the allrounder proceeded to make amends with the ball. Although he wasn't heard from until the 14th over of Bangalore's innings, he made his presence felt on the final ball of his first over bowled. Opposing captain Virat Kohli blocked a yorker back to Bravo, who in one motion jumped, fielded the ball with his right hand, and fired the ball at the stumps while Kohli crept out of the crease. In the final over, RCB needed a daunting 25 runs to pick up the win, but Bravo put the clamps down, sending David Wiese and Iqbal Abdulla packing in the span of four balls. Bravo now ranks second in wickets taken behind teammate Ashish Nehra with 16, which have been toppled every 12.3 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisThe allrounder never seems to impact matches with both the bat and the ball in a given game, and Thursday was no different. Upon his entrance at No. 5 in the sixth over, the wickets of Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni were toppled in quick succession, but Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja responded with the Super Kings' most-productive partnership, racking up 57 off 58 balls. With the ball, though, Bravo was touched up for two fours and two sixes against KKR's finishing combination of Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell, which is a far cry from Tuesday's three-wicket haul versus the same squad. Nonetheless, Bravo still has 11 wickets and a 29.00 average to his name, meaning he shows up in some fashion from outing to outing.
Fantasy AnalysisWickets were easy to come by in this game, and Bravo himself was contained to a cameo appearance in the first innings, posting five off seven before heading back to the bench. Entering the second innings with 134 to defend, Robin Uthappa struck an early blow with 39 before departing on the first ball of the sixth over, but Chennai's bowling unit whittled away at the opposition as the latter overs approached. Kolkata required an attainable 45 with 30 balls remaining when Bravo was handed his first over, which experienced the wicket of Yusuf Pathan. Picking up a pair in his next over, Bravo currently sits third on the wicket leaderboard, as his 11 have been accompanied by a 7.75 economy rate and 12.72 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisBravo started slowly in his initial partnership with Dwayne Smith, hitting eight off eight during a 26-run stand by the latter's departure on the first ball of the 10th over. Teaming up with MS Dhoni for the remainder of the first innings, Bravo tapped out the occasional boundary, but upon unleashing the typical onslaught from the 16th over onward, the captain was unable uphold more than a run-per-ball, despite hitting four fours. Sunday's performance marked Bravo's best batting of IPL8, and while he knocked down his seventh wicket, his bowling average bumped up to 17.28 on the backs of an 8.44 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisRetired from Tests as of Jan. 31, Bravo can still impact limited-overs formats, as evidenced by Thursday's outing. His pace got the better of Yuvraj Singh in the 15th over, as Bravo finished his first three overs with 19 runs allowed. With Dehli needing 19 runs from the final six balls, Bravo took out Imran Tahir but delivered length ball after length ball, which Albie Morkel feasted on to bring his side within five runs and one ball remaining. Bravo's last delivery was then hit to the ropes but fell just shy, sewing up a one-run win. The 31-year-old has been sporadic throughout his IPL career, ranging from one appearance last year to 37 combined in the two seasons prior, but he's nonetheless taken 81 wickets for 23.08 and an 8.06 economy rate in 75 matches.