About the Match
With 2 points in their bag from their win against Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors have got off to a good start and will try to build up on that in their upcoming match against Red Steel on 17th July at Providence. Red Steel also tasted victory in their opening match against Barbados Tridents by securing a win by 7 wickets with 15 balls to spare thereby topping the points table with 2 points and an NRR of +0.943. Warriors are currently in the third place right behind Tallawahs and will try to strengthen their position with a win here though Red Steel surely comes across as a strong and motivated team that can’t be defeated that easily.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
If Sunil Narine stifled the opponents’ run-flow with his magical spin bowling, giving away only 3 runs from 4 overs in the first match, Neesham took 3-33 making it difficult for the middle and lower order of Hawksbills to recover and get the runs on board. Along with Beaton and Permaul, who took a wicket each, the duo restricted Hawksbills to a meagre 136 runs, which the batsmen achieved comfortably thanks to Dinesh Ramdin’s half-century from 36 deliveries. Hafeez chipped in 35 runs to provide support in the middle and the duo posted a 59-run stand for the third wicket; Neesham, Permaul and Narine came good with the bat too and took the team to their first win this season with 3 balls to spare. The openers, Simmons and Guptill struggled and they are a cause for worry, but hopefully they will recover in their form soon enough; also the bowlers need to contain the run leakage and must improve further as a unit against the hard-hitting Red Steel batsmen like Ross Taylor and Darren Bravo.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels
The bowlers caused havoc in the Tridents’ batting line-up in the opening game, taking regular wickets and not gifting away runs, thanks to a combined effort from Badree, Cooper, Dwayne Bravo and Kevin O’Brien. They were in top form as they restricted the opponents to a lowly 124 runs, which was easily chased down by Ross Taylor and Darren Bravo; the duo added 95 runs for the 3rd wicket after Jamshed and Lewis were dismissed in a hurry at the start of the second innings. A flurry of sixes and fours ensured that they reached the target with 15 balls to spare, which awarded them the victory with a supreme NRR that pushed them right to the top of the table. While Taylor and Darren Bravo are in good form, both scoring half centuries, the openers need to realize the importance of building strong partnerships and come up with a better performance. It’s still early in the tournament but the team will do well to capitalize on this win and come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match too.
The Warriors ended up as runners-up last season and will be motivated to do one better this time around; however, Red Steel with their phenomenal victory seems to be a formidable force to reckon with and seems better placed to win this match and continue to occupy the top spot, at least for the time being.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels, 2.10 @ Titan Bet