About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs continue to be in the 3rd position with 10 points after losing the recent match to Trinbago Knight Riders by 36 runs; they will take on Amazon Warriors, who are in the 4th place with 8 points, on 1st September at Jamaica. The Warriors have been on a winning spree, recently handing a crushing defeat to Barbados Tridents by 99 runs; the last time they met Tallawahs, they lost the match by a close margin by 2 runs and will be desperate to avenge the defeat now. We’ll have to wait and watch if it’s going to be a nail-biting finish again on Friday.
Chasing 209 runs against Knight Riders proved to be an uphill task for the Jamaicans as they could muster only 172 runs in the end. Kumar Sangakkara posted a superb 53 off 36 while Lendl Simmons, Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell played useful knocks. However, players like Glenn Phillips, Mahmudullah and others down the line failed to build steady partnerships and they lost the match by 36 runs. Earlier, the bowlers gave away too many easy runs and they ended up facing a stiff target.
They defeated St. Lucia Stars by 6 wickets after chasing down 173 runs with one over to spare, thanks to a brilliant effort by Sangakkara, who scored 74 off 45 balls and good contributions by Glenn Phillips and Andre McCarthy. Speedsters Mohammad Sami, Kesrick Williams, Krishmar Santokie, Rovman Powell and spinner Garey Mathurin did well to provide regular breakthroughs and they restricted the opponents to 172.
Kesrick Williams had registered a wonderful 3-30 when they met Warriors previously, helping the team defend a low total of 128 runs easily. Spinner Imad Wasim also found success against the Warriors, bowling economical spells while Mathurin has been consistently doing well. They have plenty of good resources who can steer the team towards another win on Friday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Sohail Tanvir registered career-best 5-3 in the match against Tridents, helping the team demolish the opposition during their chase for a low target of 158 runs. The experienced fast-bowler is in good form and he struck down heavy weights like Pollard, Morgan and Williamson with his timed precision. Spinner Rashid Khan also impressed with his skills as he took 3-15, while others like Roshon Primus and Keemo Paul dismissed one opponent each to help win the match by 99 runs.
The batting line-up has players like Luke Ronchi, Jason Mohammed, Chadwick Walton, Gajanand Singh and all-rounders like Assad Fudadin and Roshon Primus, who have been in good nick with the bat and add stability to the innings.
Promoted up the order for his versatile skills, Sohail Tanvir is a strong asset for the team as he shines with bat and ball; he scored 38 off 29 against St. Lucia Stars to help win the match by 7 wickets. Jason Mohammed too is a good all-rounder and brings depth to the line-up.
Fast-bowlers Rayad Emrit, Sohail Tanvir and spinners like Khan, Steven Jacobs have done well and can bring in all their firepower on Friday; with an in-form bowling squad, they surely are a formidable force to reckon with.
It could be a close contest between the two teams as Amazon Warriors are in great form in all departments of the game and Tallawahs are pumped up from the support of the home crowd. While Warriors lost previously against Tallawahs, we feel they are clear favourites now to win.