About the Match
The Tallawahs registered a scintillating win against Riders by 19 runs D/L method to surge ahead to the CPL final against Amazon Warriors on 7th August at Basseterre. The Warriors had earned the berth in the finals after defeating table-toppers Tallawahs in the first qualifier by 4 wickets, and they will be eager to repeat the match-winning performance yet again on Sunday to lift their maiden title. Tallawahs have had a superb run in the league and they will leave no stone unturned to realize their goals; the contest is surely going to offer some fireworks and whichever team can use their resources cleverly will have the edge to win here.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Chasing 147 runs against Tallawahs, Chris Lynn has stuck his feet firmly to post a superb 49 from 47 balls; Sohail Tanvir, who had taken 2-24 in the first innings, came back in the second to post a well-made 21 and steer his team to victory with 2 balls to spare. The batting line-up has in-form batting specialists like Dwayne Smith, Maddinson and Lynn while bowles like Rayad Emrit, who took 3-30 against Tallawahs, Chris Barnwell, Tanvir and spinner Adam Zampa have been consistently delivering the goods when the team requires it.
Against Tridents in the last league match, they won the contest by 6 wickets after chasing down 159 runs easily thanks to a superb show by Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammad, who scored 57 runs each and can keep the runs flowing under crunch situations. Tanvir, Zampa and Emrit had provided regular breakthroughs earlier while Smith, Permaul and Jacobs add depth to the attack.
They have displayed an all-round performance till now and can pose a stiff challenge to Tallawahs on Sunday; they have the talent and experience which they will use strategically to emerge victorious.
In a do or die match against Riders, Andre Russell proved himself yet again as he posted a heroic 100 off just 44 deliveries and helped the team get to 195 runs after losing players like Sangakkara, Powell, Walton and Chris Gayle, who scored 35 runs, in the early stages. Shakib Al Hasan tried to build a partnership with his 19 but couldn’t impress much; Russell kept his nerves together and provided the foundation for the bowlers to fight for.
Russell exuded confidence with the ball too as he took 2-27 while Shakib Al Hasan spun his magic to take 3 scalps that dismissed dangerous players like Amla and Dwayne Bravo. Spinner Imad Wasim is a useful asset who can outwit the Warriors here while Thomas and Williams bring variety and depth to the attack.
The batting line-up is a formidable one with experts like Gayle, Sangakkara, Powell and all-rounders like Russell and Shakib Al Hasan. Overall, they have a well-balanced team with experienced batsmen and bowlers, who can stifle the opposition and avenge their previous defeat in the qualifiers.
The competition for the CPL title has boiled down to two of the strongest teams in the league and the fans will be at the edge of their seats for this thriller. Both teams are equally matched in terms of talent and strategy but we feel that Tallawahs with their hard-hitters are better placed to win