Tallawahs trounce Red Steel to advance
The Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on Jamaica Tallawahs today at Warner Park, St. Kitts in the second play off of the Caribbean Premier League T/20.
The winner will earn the right to face Barbados Tridents in the final on Saturday.
In a re-match of last year’s final, The Warriors will be wary of the treat posed by the Jamaicans who overpowered Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by four wickets in the first play off yesterday.
Denesh Ramdin’s side possesses one of the better bowling attacks in the tournament, while their batting have improved significantly as the competition progress. Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill have laid the foundation at the top while Ramdin, James Neesham and Mohammad Hafeez have played their part.
However they must continue to be positive against the Tallawahs. There is no doubt in Sunil Narine ability, but Ronsford Beaton, Hafeez, Neesham and company must offer support. Chris Gayle’s men will want history to repeat itself, but they will have to match yesterday’s performance. Gayle is a proven dangerous opponent and so is Andre Russell. Chadwick Walton have partnered Gayle well at the top of the order. Their middle order is fairly strong and so is their bowling attack which includes the experienced Daniel Vettori, David Bernard and Russell. A keen contest is anticipated.
Meanwhile Russell blasted 62 off 27 balls with five fours and four sixes to see his team home in yesterday’s encounter. He added 82 for the seventh wicket with Rusty Theron (18*) who struck a six over long off to seal victory. Nkrumah Bonner belted one four and two sixes before he was run out for 39 off 41 balls. Sulieman Benn was the pick of the bowlers with 3-27.
Earlier Ross Taylor smashed seven fours and three maximums in a top score of 70 off 44 balls to lead Red Steel to 155-6 in 20 overs. Darren Bravo supported with 33; David Bernard captured 3-19 and Theron 2-32.
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