Lara hoping to retain trophy
West Indies captain Brian Lara hopes the confidence gleaned from qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy main draw will stand them in good stead for the rest of the tournament.
Lara’s men crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets on Wednesday to make sure of advancing although they will want to go through as group winners with a victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The defeat of Bangladesh, set up by a wonderful unbeaten century from Chris Gayle, at least showed Lara’s men are on the right track.
He said: “The main thing was to come out with a big win and put some sort of a distance between the two teams.
“There was a certain difference of class and we showed that.
"We have lost just one wicket in two games and the confidence of winning will flow through the rest of the team."
Lara was quick to turn his attention to the weekend straight after the Bangladesh victory.
He added: “The game on Saturday is very, very important for us as we would love to qualify as number one and move on.
“There is no room for experimentation at this present time. You just have to win, win, win.
"No team wants to pick themselves up from a loss going into the more important stage of the tournament so I think both teams are going to be very competitive.
“We are going to put out our best XI and we are going to go really strongly for a win.
“I think three wins on the trot, going into the second stage of the tournament, is definitely going to be positive."
West Indies joy was in stark contrast to Bangladesh despair.
And coach Dav Whatmore was not holding back in his assessment of his side’s performance.
Whatmore was particularly annoyed at their batting display after they lost their last nine wickets for just 66 runs.
He said: “I’m angry at the boys who got starts and got out.
“I’m so disappointed in (Shahriar) Nafees, it reflects a situation where they are just not thinking enough.
“It makes me so angry when they throw it away like that. It seems like the team isn’t happy until it’s behind.
“The lads don’t have the self-belief. If you have self-belief other things will be done correctly.”