We are not content with just semifinal win: Ganga

Trinidad and Tobago have been the most dominating team in the ongoing Champions League and even after making the final without losing a single match.

updated: October 23, 2009 06:31 IST
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Trinidad and Tobago have been the most dominating team in the ongoing Champions League and even after making the final without losing a single match, skipper Daren Ganga says they are far from being content.

The Caribbean side trounced Cape Cobras by seven wickets in the second final to set up Friday's final against NSW Blues of Australia.

Ganga played a crucial role with an unbeaten 44 and together with Dwayne Bravo (54 not out) put on an unbeaten 93-run stand to lead the side to yet another impressive win.

"I am quite happy to be in the final. But we are not content with just this (semifinal) win. Tonight is going to be pretty chill though. We have set ourselves goals. We have five wins and it's final tomorrow and we get that sixth win they (teammates) can celebrate," Ganga said after the match.

The Caribbean team had lost three top-order batsmen at the half-way mark while chasing a huge 176-run target but Ganga said they could afford a fearless approach only because of a strong batting order.

"We had confidence that we have guys to win it. There was Kieron Pollard, Navin Stewart and Denesh Ramdin to come so that gave the freedom to bat freely," he said.

Adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant 54, Dwayne Bravo was happy to strike form just at the right time.

"I had contributed with the ball and I believed in my batting abilities. This was the right time to take off. I had not scored runs so it was a bit difficult to get the momentum but we could took on the attack because we had the guys like Pollard (down the order)," Bravo, who has taken 10 wickets so far, said.

Losing captain Andrew Puttick blamed poor fielding for making it easy for Trinidad and Tobago. "The game could have been closer had we taken our chances. It's disappointing to go out in this fashion. I think they handled the pressure better than us.

"It was a good wicket and I was happy with the score. We should have made it difficult for them," Puttick, said.

Despite having beaten NSW Blues earlier in the League stage, Ganga was not ready to take their opponents light in the final.

"I know one thing for sure that NSW won't be happy at all with our victory in the League round. We are bracing ourself for a backlash. We know it's a final. We know they are a quality team. They have quality players. We are not going to underestimate them at all.

"What ever happened in the league round. It's history. Tomorrow is about re-grouping. Hopefully we can bring lot of smiles to lot of faces," Ganga said.

Ganga was also keen that his bowlers perform better in the power-play.

"We are never satisfied with the manner in which we played. Last game we played was a near perfect game but still we have areas of concerns like we need to bowl better in the first six overs," he said.