Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Khan: T&T will be ready for CT20 final


HAPPY SKIPPER: Trinidad and Tobago captain Denesh Ramdin, right, roars in celebration after hitting the winning runs off Barbados pacer Javon Searles, also in photo, during Wednesday's night's Caribbean T20 clash at Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia. T&T won the encounter by five wickets to remain unbeaten in the tournament, and will now await on their opponents for Sunday's final. —Photo courtesy WICB Media

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"Very impressive."

That is how Trinidad and Tobago manager Omar Khan has described his team's performances in the Caribbean Twenty20 so far.

T&T have been dominant in their title defence as they topped the standings following their five-wicket win over Barbados in their final round robin match at Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet St Lucia on Wednesday night.

"Our aim was to win all our games and finish at the top of standings with maximum points and we achieved that, and now are just waiting to see who will be the other team to qualify for the final," Khan told the Express yesterday.

So far T&T have beaten all the other regional sides, winning five straight matches to finish with an assailable 21 points.

T&T's first match against Jamaica was abandoned, for which each side got a point, but after that T&T romped through the competition with a seven-wicket win over the Combined Campuses and College; a 95-run trouncing of the Leeward Islands; an 80-run victory over 2010 champions Guyana and an eight-wicket triumph against the Windward Islands.

T&T have some down time, with no matches scheduled until the final on Sunday night at 8 p.m., Khan says his team will remain focused.

"I don't think there will be any difficulty in keeping the guys focused. We have training sessions tomorrow (today) and Saturday and we are here as team. Everyone is here at the hotel and we have a good system in place. These are professional players and I am sure they will be ready for the final," said Khan.

Speaking about T&T's performance against Barbados, where the defending champions lost five wickets in chase of a small target of 102, Khan said he was happy to see the openers coming good.

"Evin (Lewis) played his part. He had a good knock until he was run out, and we had a good opening stand with (Lendl) Simmons taking up the role of attacking," he said.

"The batting is clicking at the moment. We had some unfortunate run outs with (Dwayne) Bravo and Evin, but that is the rules.

"So I don't think we have anything to be concerned about. Young (Darren) Bravo has been in tremendous form and in this tournament and I think last night (Wednesday night) was one of the few times he did not get a big score for us," the manager added.