About the Match
It was a scintillating win for the Amazon Warriors against Red Steel on 17th July as the match went into super over and now with 4 points in their kitty, they are ready to take on the Zouks, who are yet to open their points tally, on 19th July at Providence. The Zouks who had lost their first game against the Tallawahs will be looking forward to stop the winning spree of the Warriors, who are only growing from strength to strength with each passing contest.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Sunil Narine, who had an extraordinary spell in the recently concluded IPL, continued to spin his magic and it was his maiden super-over that decided the fate of the match against Red Steel after it was tied at 118 runs. Bowling with precision and a sharp concentration, his heroics will be remembered for quite some time as he took his team safely to victory in the one-over eliminator. Choosing to field first, the Warriors used all the weapons in their armoury to contain the hard-hitting Red Steel batsmen; Narine and Beaton took 2 wickets while Hafeez, Santokie and Permaul took a wicket each to restrict the opponents to 118 runs. However, the chase soon turned into a nightmare as the top order except for Simmons, who scored 32 off 25 balls, collapsed with score at 43-5. It was Barnwell’s 37 off 40 and later joined by Narine who made 16 off 19 deliveries that took them to the target. In the earlier match against Hawksbills too, it was the bowlers who did most of the work for securing the win as they restricted the opponents to 136, which was achieved by Ramdin and Co. The batsmen should be more consistent in their performance and not depend heavily on the lower order to slog it out.
St. Lucia Zouks
The problem with the Zouks, as seen from their first match, is the inability of the bowlers to contain the run-flow and failing to defend a good total set by the batsmen, which is what happened against Gayle and others from Tallawahs. Henry Davids had set up a solid foundation by scoring 56 off 38 deliveries along with Charles, who posted a good knock of 27 runs; Fletcher and Sammy had improvised further to take the total to 161 runs. But this was not enough for the bowlers, who struggled to reign in the Tallawahs batsmen, giving away massive runs that led to a 7-wicket loss. While Matthew and Sammy were the costliest with more than 13 runs per over, Tanvir and Shillingford took a wicket each but it was hardly enough to stop the flurry of runs. The Zouks must strategize well and work as a well-knit unit if they want to succeed against the top teams and keep their campaign going.
The Zouks played their last match a week back and might be looking forward to come back with renewed vigour; however, the Warriors with a sudden burst of energy and high spirits from their close win yesterday, look unstoppable right now and might easily win this contest as well.
Guyana Amazon Warriors, 1.61 @ Bet365