Defence was key! - Brathwaite on second successive Test century

July 13, 2018
Kraigge Brathwaite on his way to a century on the first day of the second Test match between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Sabina Park yesterday.

Experienced Windies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has pinpointed trusting his defence as the factor behind him scoring a second straight century against Bangladesh in the deciding second Test at Sabina Park yesterday.

The most in-form West Indian batsman, Brathwaite, mixing steely defence with occasional attacking flair, grafted his way to 110 as the Windies ended on a comfortable 295 for four at the end of the opening day.

He was best supported by returning batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, who is unbeaten on 84 with Kieron Powell and Shai Hope, adding 29 each.

"It was a little bit different in terms of how they started the bowling with spin, so mentally I really had to be strong,' expressed Brathwaite, whose 121 in the first Test set the tone for eventual an innings and 219-run win.

 

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''You had to really trust your defence a lot more than in Antigua, where a lot more pace was bowled, and thankfully I was able to get through,'' he added.

Brathwaite, who was scoring his eight century, and third against Bangladesh, also explained that he had a batting plan for the day. "I told myself that if I get a half-century, I would then look to go big, and so I worked towards that,'' he said of the innings, which came off 294 balls and included nine fours.

He was also scoring for the first time, two centuries in a series, a feat which he said he has been aiming for, and something that he will always remember.

''I am quite happy to have scored two centuries in a series, which is first time for me, and which has always been a goal of mine,'' he said. ''I only hope that I can grow from strength to strength from here and continue to help the team to achieve desired results."

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