Thursday, October 22, 2009

Daren Ganga targets final glory

T&T captain Daren Ganga demanded his players remain focused for one more game after their victory in the semi-finals of the Airtel CLT20 in Hyderabad.

Ganga's side won by seven wickets and will now face New South Wales Blues in tomorrow's final at the same venue.

"We are very happy to get to the final and tomorrow's game is another important one," said Ganga, who steered his side to victory with an unbroken stand of 93 with Dwayne Bravo (58) for the fourth wicket.

"We are not just content with this win and tonight we will be pretty chilled out.

"We had set ourselves goals and we have won five games, five virtual finals. We have got one more to go and once we successfully complete that, then the carnival will start.

"At the toss I believed it would be easy enough for us to chase a target of 170-180.

"We were quite comfortable with that because we knew the nature of this surface.

"The guys did a fantastic job to pull the Cape Cobras back and restrict them to 175.

"We always knew we had the game under control and once we batted well at the top, it was quite easy for Dwayne (Bravo) and myself.

"We had the confidence and we also had the cushion of guys in good form, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Navin Stewart, to come after us.

"It gave us a lot of confidence to play freely and in the end we prevailed."

The Cobras turned in an uncharacteristically shoddy performance in the field, with Lendl Simmons being dropped twice and Bravo dropped on 17.

Cobras captain Andrew Puttick said his team had succumbed to the pressure.

"It would have been a lot closer had we taken those chances," he admitted.

"It's disappointing to go out in this fashion, but T&T were a little bit better than us today and they handled the pressure a lot better.

"We were pretty happy with that score and I think we should have made it a lot more difficult for them.

"We have had a great time in this competition and have learnt a lot from it, pitting our skills against players from all around the world.

"From a players' point of view this tournament has been very good and we hope to come back and go one better next year."

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