About the Match
The Amazon Warriors made it through to the playoff after defeating Jamaica Tallawahs by 9 wickets in their last league match; the two teams now face each other in the Eliminator match to be held at Trinidad on 6th September. The Tallawahs had recently defeated second-place holder St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 41 runs to finish third on the table; they will try to make a comeback here and avenge their previous defeat against the Warriors. Both teams will put up a tough fight to stay in the running but whichever team can keep a cool head above its shoulders in critical situations, will have the upper hand to emerge victoriously.
Batting first against Amazon Warriors, Kumar Sangakkara and Andre McCarthy continued their good form, scoring 38 and 44 runs respectively. However, they could muster only 149 runs in the end and the bowlers failed to dismiss the opponents, leading to a loss by 9 wickets. They have a good mix of Pacers like Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami, Oshane Thomas, Krishmar Santokie and spinners like Mahmudullah and Andre McCarthy, who can try to outwit the Warriors this time.
Speedsters Oshane Thomas and Krishmar Santokie took 3 wickets each against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to stifle the opponents; Mohammad Sami and Kesrick Williams took 3 wickets between them and they contained the Patriots to 116-all out to defend 157 runs they set earlier. Sangakkara did well to post 69 runs while Rovman Powell scored 43 off 26 and Glenn Phillips contributed with 31.
They have good resources with both bat and ball and could come out all guns blazing here to keep their campaign alive.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Chadwick Walton stuck his feet firmly opening the innings against Tallawahs to chase down 150 runs; he posted a brilliant 84 off 40 to steer his team across the finish line. Luke Ronchi partnered well and he scored 55 off 29; with others like Jason Mohammed, Gajanand Singh and other all-rounders down the order, the Warriors can set a competitive total or chase one comfortably. Speedsters Sohail Tanvir and Rayad Emrit took 2 wickets each while spinner Veerasammy Permaul and medium-pacer Roshon Primus took a wicket each to restrict the opponents to 149.
Against Barbados Tridents, Sohail Tanvir took a stupendous 5 wickets at an economy of less than 1 run per over; spinner Rashid Khan claimed 3-15 while Keemo Paul and Roshon Primus dismissed one opponent each to get the opponents all-out while chasing 159. They won the match by a gigantic 99 runs and can repeat the winning performance again.
Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Jason Mohammed, Asad Fudadin and Roshon Primus are in good form and they can help the team set a solid foundation whether batting first or during the chase. With experienced bowlers like Tanvir, Emrit, and Permaul in the squad, the Warriors could cause an upset here.
The Tallawahs have done well to reach this stage and will leave no stone unturned to make it through to the finals; the Warriors too are a tough nut to crack as seen from their recent performances. The match could go down to the wire but we feel that Tallawahs will avenge their recent defeat against Warriors to stay alive.