About the Match
Table toppers, Jamaica Tallawahs, travel to Guyana to take on the home team, Amazon Warriors in the most anticipated battle of CPL 2016, at least, so far. Both teams have played two matches each and are unbeaten, though, Jamaica sits on top of the table due to a superior run-rate.
Jamaica Tallawahs, in their previous two matches, have looked extremely solid in all departments of the game. In the last match against Trinbago Knight Riders, the Tallawahs took a brave gamble and sent Trinbago to bat first.
The top three, Hashim Amla, Brendon McCullum, and Colin Munro set the stage ablaze as the Knight Riders ended with a hefty total of 191. The likes of Dale Steyn and Shakib proved to be useless on a track that didn't seem to offer much assistance to any form of bowling. However, Imad Wasim enjoyed a decent spell while giving away six-runs-an-over with a wicket to his name as well.
Then came in the master-blaster, Chris Gayle, along with his opening partner, Chadwick Walton. Nonetheless, what followed was a nightmare for any bowler in the world, the Gayle-Storm. Chris Gayle reached his 18th T20 ton with a massive six and stood at the crease, -rock-solid till the end as he amassed 108 runs off 54 balls (a strike rate of 200.00).
Despite a memorable and a thumping victory, tow key issues remain unanswered for Tallawahs. The Jamaican franchise needs to sort out whatever the injury concern is with Andre Russel. The world-class all-rounder has not bowled in either match and has only been used as a batsman.
Secondly, Gayle has been the sole carver of the two wins and the other batsmen in the side have not yet been tested to limits. This match, though, is a make or break situation for Jamaica since the Warriors, Sohail Tanvir, with 6 wickets in 2 matches, and Adam Zampa, with 4 wickets in 2 games, will test the Tallawahs' batsmen.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana may not have a Chris Gayle in their ranks, but the home team is geared up to take on Jamaica Tallawahs in full spirit. Since the start of the tournament, the Warriors are two out of two and sit second on the points table.
In the last game against Trinbago Knight Riders, the Warriors were pitch-perfect in every cricketing skill on the ground. Trinbago, while batting first, dragged themselves to a fighting total of 162; courtesy to Munro's 65-ball 100.
Sohail Tanvir, yet again, proved to be the standout performer as the Pakistani paceman grabbed a couple of wickets while being hit for 21 runs in 4 overs.
However, the target seemed a little too small as the consistent top-order of Guyana Warriors completed the task with four balls remaining. The Warriors strength is not their depth or experience in the lineup; it is the consistency that has been driving them thus far.
It will be interesting to see how far can they manage to survive with this trait.
Interestingly, both Jamaica and the Warriors have faced similar oppositions in St Kitts and Trinbago.
The Guyana-based outfit has not batted first in either of the two occasions so far.
The Tallawahs, though, have proved their mettle in chasing as well as defending which gives them a psychological edge over their rivals.
Subsequently, Jamaica's quality can be a little too much to match for young, inexperienced Warriors