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Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Darren Bravo

WI eye replacement

for Bravo

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

West Indies are pondering the possibility of calling for a replacement player to take the place of Darren Bravo who is still unable to run, five days after sustaining a low-grade tear to his left hamstring.

A team spokesperson has confirmed that Bravo is "taking longer than expected to recover" and there is a chance West Indies will need cover, ESPN cricinfo has reported.

Bravo miss last night's against South Africa, after also missing Tuesday's match against Zimbabwe, and he is not likely to make a comeback against India.

West Indies have nine days before their final group match against UAE in Napier and it is expected that if Bravo has not recovered in time for the India match on March 6th, a replacement will be called up.

'Phenomenal innings'

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards says Chris Gayle's double century against Zimbabwe has "lifted the spirits" of the team and has relieved pressure on young captain Jason Holder.

The Jamaican opener scored 215 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday - the first double-ton in World Cup history and only the fourth in one-day internationals.

West Indies have won convincingly against Pakistan and Zimbabwe after succumbing to a shocking defeat against Ireland in their opening match.

"It was a phenomenal innings. Especially the way West Indies batted against the so-called minnows [Ireland]," said Richards.

"It's the stuff champions are made of."

Fan trouble in Rome

ROME (AP):

Roma beat 10-man Feyenoord 2-1 in a highly charged Europa League match that was briefly suspended twice because of yet more fan trouble.

Four other Italian clubs - Inter Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina and Torino - also advanced to the last 16, while five-time European champions Liverpool were eliminated 5-4 on penalties at Besiktas.

Defending champions Sevilla progressed by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-2, to advance 4-2 on aggregate. Also through were Everton, Dnipro, Wolfsburg, Club Brugge, Villarreal, Zenit St Petersburg, and Dynamo Moscow.

Dutch and Italian police were on high alert for fan trouble, and met it. Rioting in Rome for the first leg of the Roma-Feyenoord match, led in part to 22 fans being detained in Rotterdam before the second leg.

The match produced its own drama, with an inflated banana and other objects thrown onto the pitch, and two red cards issued.