Ganga: We can make semis
Chennai, India, CMC – Trinidad & Tobago captain Daren Ganga felt his side still has an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, following their tense victory over reigning champions Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night.
T&T notched their first win in three matches, when they toppled the reigning Indian Premier League champions by 12 runs at the Chidambaram Stadium.
Ganga hoped that T&T will ride the momentum and beat the Cape Cobrasof South Africa in their final group match on Tuesday at the same venue.
“It is always good to get a win and tough luck for the Super Kings,” said Ganga. “We had lost two close matches earlier and now, the probability of us getting into the semi-finals is there provided we beat Cobras. That is all we can do.”
His opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian national captain, while congratulating his opponents, said that the runs they conceded at the death cost them the game.
“We were looking to chase around 110, but they scored another 10 to 12 which helped them to win,” he said. “As the ball got older, it became difficult as it became muddy. We should go into our last game (against the New South Wales Blues) to win. It is good that we will be playing last (on Tuesday) and so we will know the scenario.”
Sunil Narine earned the Man-of-the-Match for taking three wickets for eight runs from four overs, two of which he bowled in the Power Play period. He said he merely bowled in the right areas.
“I bowled in the right areas and I just did my best,” he said. “We needed to take wickets at regular intervals and which we did. I thought everyone bowled well and I hope we carry this forward into our next game against the Cobras.”