Blazing Tallawahs, Warriors on the hunt for more wins
THE reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs are looking to continue their winning march in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) tournament when they clash with the hosts Guyana Amazon Warriors today at the Providence Stadium.
The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm Jamaica time.
The Amazon Warriors were easily the standout team throughout last season's preliminary stage, beating the Tallawahs in home and away contests along the way.
But the Jamaica franchise won the vital encounter — the grand final between the two — to lift the title.
So far this year, the Amazon Warriors and the Tallawahs already appear the top contenders. The Warriors have been victorious in their three outings, while the Tallawahs have two wins from as many starts.
The Tallawahs bowling was particularly stifling in restricting Antigua Hawksbills for 96 all out in an eight-wicket victory three days ago.
Seam bowling all-rounder Andre Russell, who took 2-16 against the Hawksbills following his 2-27 in the opening win over St Lucia Zouks, believes the bowlers have done well.
"Basically, we have been doing really well in the bowling department. The left-arm spinners [Daniel] Vettori and Nikita Miller have kept things tight. We are very balanced and have a lot of bowling so if one person doesn't get the job done, another can come in," he told the Sunday Observer.
According to Russell, executing the game plan has been a crucial element in the success.
"We, as bowlers, we discuss a lot about how to bowl to particular batsmen. We come up with the best plan and we practise according to the teams we will come up against. Next is the Amazon Warriors and we'll see how it goes from there," the 26-year-old said.
While Tallawahs batsmen Chadwick Walton and left-hander Christopher Gayle have been strong at the top of the innings, they will now have to contend with the Guyana Amazon Warriors' impressive bowling attack.
Exceptional finger-spinner Sunil Narine, who bowled a maiden in the Super Over eliminator to separate Amazon Warriors and the Red Steel in a tight encounter two days ago, is a formidable threat.
Add left-arm swing bowler Krishmar Santokie, lanky pacer Ronsford Beaton and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Veerasammy Permaul and you have one of the best attacks in the tournament.
Still, Miller expressed cautious confidence that his teammates can pull off the victory on the Warriors home patch.
"We are going into every game to win, but we have to just focus on continuing to improve. If we do that each game, then most likely we will win. We are improving each game, which is a good sign going forward," he said.