Live Score CLT20 Qualifiers: Trinidad & Tobago vs Ruhuna

Trinidad & Tobago will draw inspiration from their performance in the opening edition of league Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Sep 19, 2011

Sri Lanka s Ruhuna and Caribbean team Trinidad and Tobago are all set to lock horns in the first qualifying match for the Champions League Twenty20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Ruhuna will be banking on heavily on its powerful batting order which has a star attraction in form of Sanath Jayasuriya.

Coach Sumithra Warnakulasuriya said the objective of the team is to qualify for the main tournament.

“Our objective is to qualify for the main tournament. We are hoping to win the two qualifying games and get into the main round. That is what we have in mind,” he said.

But, Ruhuna s bowling department is believed to be not as good as their batting is, and this is one front where they might suffer.

“Our strong point is batting. We are lucky to have Jayasuriya in our side. He is such a great player and has so much experience. He will surely provide us with some ideas,” Ruhunu skipper Mahela Udawatta said in a press meet.

On the other hand, Trinidad and Tobago will walk into the field having lost their star-hitter Kieron Pollard to Mumbai Indians, but the Caribbean side is upbeat regarding their chances in the tournament.

“If we can go one step further to what we did in 2009, it would be a great feeling. This is a big stage and we will play as a national team. It is important for us to recognise that and try to give our best,” Trinidad and Tobago captain Darren Ganga said.

Trinidad and Tobago have more players with international experience — Ganga, his brother Sherwin Ganga, Adrian Barath, Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons.

The Caribbean side will start as favourites with their well-balanced firepower and their successful run in the inaugural edition of the league.