About the Match
With 4 points T&T Red Steel takes on Amazon Warriors, which has 6 points, on 24th July at Port of Spain. The Warriors suffered their first defeat against the Tallawahs in a thrilling match, the opponents registering a narrow win by 4 runs; on the other hand, Red Steel won convincingly against Hawksbills by 9 wickets and 17 balls to spare in their last match on 20th, successfully chasing down 151. The upcoming contest between the two sides is their second encounter with the previous match going in favour of the Warriors in the one-over eliminator. It needs to be seen if Red Steel can avenge that defeat and get ahead of the opponents on the points table.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
It was a heart wrenching defeat against the Tallawahs by a close 4 runs, after the bowlers restricted the opponents, which has hard-hitters like Gayle, to 148 runs. Beaton and Neesham took 2 wickets each while Narine took a wicket giving away only 14 runs. However, the batsmen fell short by 4 runs in the chase even though opener Simmons scored an unbeaten 68 off 61 balls with good support from Neesham and Ramdin, with the latter getting retired hurt after posting a well-made 32 and which could have caused them the game. In the earlier match against Zouks, Santokie was on fire as he took 4-11 and proving his abilities once again; Narine has been excellent so far and Permaul, Beaton and Neesham are in good form to provide the required teeth to the bowling attack. Simmons, who is in good nick needs to set up a strong foundation along with the other top order batsmen; pushing Guptill, who had scored a half-century against the Zouks, down the order against Tallawahs was probably the wrong move, and they need to strategize well in the upcoming match.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels
In the earlier match on 17th, the batsmen collapsed against the spin bowling of Warriors and could accumulate only 118 runs, which the bowlers led by Badree, Cooper and Edwards, defended superbly by causing a similar collapse of the Warriors batting line-up. However, they lost the match thanks to Narine’s maiden super-over; the team will be eagerly waiting to turn things around this time and have the last laugh. In the recent match against Hawksbills, Kevin O’Brien and Ross Taylor, who had struggled in the previous games, found their rhythm and posted a massive 145 run stand for the 2nd wicket; while Kevin made 90 runs from half the number of deliveries, Taylor scored a half-century from 46 balls and the duo smashed away sixes and fours aplenty to chase down 151 runs in 17 overs. Cooper continued his brilliance with the ball, taking 3 wickets and got good support from Dwayne Bravo, Benn and Edwards. Opener Lewis, who was the lone top order batsman to score double digit figure in the last match, failed to go beyond 2 in this match but looks to be in good form to post a good opening stand. The team needs to focus and come out with everything they have to take on the might of the Warriors.
Both teams are equally matched in terms of talent and experience but the Warriors surely have more match winners; though the contest will be fought hard by both sides, T&T Red Steels looks determined to settle scores and win this match.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels, 2.00 @ Titan Bet