Do or die clash for WI
CARDIFF, Wales (CMC):
Captain Dwayne Bravo says the West Indies are under no pressure as they prepare to battle South Africa in a do or die Group B clash of the ICC Champions Trophy here.
West Indies, the world T20 champions, are taking on a South African outfit that has not lifted a major one-day trophy since winning the 1998 edition of this tournament.
The Caribbean cricketers have found themselves in a must-win situation after winning their first match, a low scoring game against Pakistan and losing their second against India.
"The South Africans will feel the pressure also ... they know if they lose they are going back home. For us we are going to enjoy the occasion ... forget what happened in previous games," said Bravo.
"We have been in this situation before and done well and go beyond. So no pressure is on us. I am not worried about previous games ... I am really excited and looking forward to this game tomorrow."
West Indies will fancy their chances having been the team that has put South Africa out of tournaments the most.
However, Bravo has expressed concern about West Indies' low totals.
They have failed to compile solid scores in their first two preliminary games of the tournament after being restricted to 233 in their eight-wicket loss to India and scoring just over 170 runs in their two-wicket victory over Pakistan.
superior net run-rate
Rain is forecast for today to such an extent that a no result is possible, meaning South Africa could go through to the last four courtesy of their superior net run-rate.
However, a reduced-overs match could favour the West Indies, given their status as World Twenty20 champions.
Yesterday's result: Sri Lanka beat England by seven wickets to remain in Champions Trophy semi-finals contention.
Sri Lanka 297-3 in 47.1 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 134 not out, Nuwan Kulasekara 58 not out; James Anderson 2-51), def. England 293-7 in 50 (Jonathan Trott 76, Joe Root 68; Rangana Herath 2-46) by seven wickets.