In the recent years, Dwayne Bravo has emerged as one of the finest death bowlers in T20 cricket but on Saturday he reminded the cricket world that he can still do the same with the bat in his hands. Batting for the Trinbago Knight Riders, Bravo smashed five sixes in five balls against Alzarri Joseph in the CPL to finish the innings on a high note.
Bravo came to the crease in the 17th over and made his intentions clear by going for an expansive slash over the point on his first ball. He missed the ball on that occasion but he made up for it in the 19th over when Joseph came to bowl.
On the first ball, Bravo missed a pull as the pace was too much to handle for him. On the second delivery, Joseph bowled fuller and on Bravo’s pads trying to curtail Bravo’s bat swing. But the right-hand batsman managed to get enough bat on the ball and hoicked it over long-off to kickstart the party.
Joseph then bowled another short delivery but it was also nonchalantly dismissed in the stands as Bravo pumped life in the contest. On the fourth delivery, the bowler went wide of leg stump to deny Bravo any room whatsoever but, the West-Indian was in no mood to stop. Courtesy of his sensational wrists and immense power, he sent the ball soaring over square leg boundary to bring the house down at Basseterre.
Dejected Joseph went back to the shortish length and bowled a slower delivery at chest height. Bravo, now in full flow, produced the best stroke of the night by hoicking the ball over the point region for an incredible six.
He then finished off the over in style by nailing the last ball over wide long-on for the fifth consecutive six of the over. Six, six, six, six and six. Joseph’s bowling figures were crushed while Knight Riders’ score propelled to 199 after 20 overs courtesy of Bravo’s sensational hitting.