ALL IN ALL, IT SHOULD BE ANOTHER ENTHRALLING NIGHT IN THE LIMACOL CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE.
Guyana�s Amazon Warriors will be looking to emulate the Barbados Tridents tonight and win two out of their two matches in the opening leg of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League. They face what promises to be a stern test as the Jamaica Tallawahs enter the fray.
Ramnaresh Sarwan�s men have reason to be confident after a relatively convincing win over the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in their opening encounter. The Amazon Warriors withstood a late storm by 17 year old Nicholas Pooran to win by 19 runs.
A win would see the Warriors leapfrog the Barbados Tridents back to the top of the six team table. The Tridents lead with four points, having won their first two matches. Guyana sit in second place on two points with a game in hand. Both teams have a positive Net Run Rate; Barbados +0.725, Guyana +0.950.
The Jamaica Tallawahs will get their first feel of the competition, and even before they have stepped on to the field, they are being rated as one of the favourites. That is because on paper, the Tallawahs boast international names such as their captain, Chris Gayle, all-rounder Andre Russell, successful Pakistan opener, Ahmed Shehzad, world renowned spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan and young South African pacer, Vernon Philander.
Sarwan�s men didn�t bat as well as their batting order suggests they could against the Red Steel. Their score of 155/5 was mostly reliant on aggression at the top and bottom of the innings. Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill fired in the opening stand but the middle overs saw T&T fight their way back into the match. It was left up to Sarwan and James Franklin to do some big hitting at the end to propel the score past 150.
The bowling on the other hand, particularly Krishmar Santokie and Mohammed Hafeez, was tight and got wickets. The Tallawahs have therefore seen a little bit of what the Amazon Warriors are about. On the other hand, the Warriors will plan for a team they have only seen play together on paper. All in all, it should be another enthralling night in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League.