About the Match
Suffering defeat against table toppers Tridents, Tallawahs continue to be in the third position on the table with 8 points so far; they will play against Amazon Warriors who are the bottom of the table with only 4 points, on 12th July at Kingston. Chasing a meager 147 runs, the Tallawahs failed to impress with the bat and lost the contest by 17 runs; on the other hand, Amazon won their second match against Patriots by 23 runs D/L method and will be eager to improve their ranking with a much-needed win here.
Although Theron and Russell took 2 wickets and Vettori and Taylor contributed with a wicket each to restrict Tridents to 146 runs, the batsmen failed to convert it into a win. Gayle fell easy prey to Rampaul, getting out for just 14 runs; Walton put up a superb 46 runs but the others couldn’t support him.
Against Red Steel, Gayle blasted 105 off just 57 balls to give a solid foundation to the team; with a well-made 38 by Blackwood, they took the total to 180 runs, which was well defended by Santokie, Vettori and Taylor. The team definitely packs a punch but is over-dependant on players like Gayle and Walton to do the job with the bat.
If the other batsmen like Lynn, Jayawardene and Deonarine in the middle order can stabilize the innings, they can definitely go all the way to the top.
Beaton continued to take wickets, this time scalping two crucial ones in the match against Patriots; he was well-supported by Merchant de Lange, who picked up 2 wickets and Bishoo and Permaul who took a wicket each, to restrict the opponent to 158 runs. Due to the D/L method in play, the target was 124 runs in 17 overs and the batsmen delivered, thanks to Hodge’s unbeaten 61 off just 36 balls and Fudadin’s run-a-ball 43. It was an all-round effort by both batsmen ad bowlers who stepped up to win the match by 23 runs and grab to more valuable points.
The team has registered two wins so far, which came against the same opponent Patriots but they have done poorly against the other sides; in the previous contest against Red Steel, the entire batting line-up crumbled under pressure, mustering only 118 runs batting first. Except Simmons, who scored a well-made half-century, the others couldn’t contribute much; the bowlers had a tough task at hand, and although Bishoo was astounding with 4-24, they failed to restrict the opponents and win the match.
They have a talented side with established batsmen and bowlers, but they have been falling behind in executing the strategies to perfection; having been runners-up in the last two editions, fans expect from this team and it’s time for them to pull up their socks and perform well in every match.
Although Tallawahs has been on a roller-coaster ride, they do have the skills to bounce back; the Warriors will try to continue with their winning performance from last match but we feel that Tallawahs have better fire-power to win the upcoming match on Sunday