Matches: Jamaica Tallawahs vs Guyana Amazon Warriors
Date: August 26, 2020
Venue: Queens Park Oval – Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors will meet for the second time in CPL 2020, with the latter looking to replicate the win that they had recorded earlier this season. In the game, the Warriors had been dismissed for just 118 runs, but they came back strongly with the ball to defend the target by 14 runs, despite Andre Russell’s fifty.
That was Tallawahs’ last match this edition, while the Warriors have since lost to St Lucia Zouks. After being set a below-par 145 for a win, the finalists of CPL 2019 could only score 134 for 8 and succumbed to a ten-run defeat.
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
The match will be held at Port of Spain, where the weather prediction is much better than the one at Tarouba. The day will be hot with high levels of humidity and no chance of rain. The Queen’s Park Oval will dish out an evenly balanced wicket, and both teams will be eager to bat first on a fresh track. A target of 165 should be considered par.
JT Expected XI and Team News
The Tallawahs are coming off a loss and have been unable to fire on all cylinders this season. They are likely to make a few changes to their batting order, with Russell likely to come up the order. Oshane Thomas conceded 24 runs in the only over he bowled in the last match and could be dropped.
Glenn Phillips: The opener had scored 102 runs in the first two games combined but was unable to get going last time. He, however, is a top player and will be eager to find form.
Andre Russell: The all-rounder looked out of sorts in the first two games and did not hit a single six, but all that changed in the last game as he smashed an unbeaten 52 from 37 deliveries in the last game. He batted at number seven in that match and is likely to come up the order in this clash.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: The Afghan spinner was excellent with the ball as he picked up 3 for 18 as the Warriors were reduced to 118. He now has six wickets in three matches with a stunning economy rate too.
Glenn Phillips (wk), Chadwick Walton, Nicholas Kirton, Asif Ali, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Veerasammy Permaul, Fidel Edwards, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane
GAW Expected XI and Team News
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have made very few changes in their playing XI thus far. They did get in Odean Smith in the last game, who picked up two wickets, and he is likely to take the field against the Tallawahs as well.
Imran Tahir: The South African has shown no signs of ageing and continues to be the biggest match-winner with the ball. He picked up 3 for 22 in the last game and now has eight scalps in just four matches.
Shimron Hetmyer: The West Indian started CPL 2020 with two fifties and was the player to watch out for. He has been unable to get going in the last two games but is a talented player who can never be counted out.
Brandon King: After a few slow starts, he showed glimpses of what he is capable of when the two teams last met, and he will be looking to continue in the same vein.
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Ross Taylor, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Chris Green/Odean Smith, Imran Tahir, Ashmead Nedd, Naveen-ul-Haq.
MPL Fantasy Prediction:
WK: Chadwick Walton is not in the best of forms but can be backed to come good in this encounter. He opens the batting for his side and helps save points as well, which allows us to select more expensive bowlers in our MPL fantasy team.
Batsmen: Hetmyer and King are the batters selected from the Warriors team. The former is the leading run-scorer in the CPL with 138 runs from four innings, and though he has not been able to get going in the last two games, he will be eager to return to form. King was the leading run-scorer last year and seems like getting back to top form. Glenn Phillips has smashed 102 runs in three innings at an average of 34 and opens the innings, which gives him the full quota of 20 overs to leave an impact with the bat. Asif Ali is a dependable finisher and was the Man of the Match in an earlier game that the Tallawahs played.
All-rounders: Keemo Paul has picked up six wickets thus far and is in fine bowling form. He was brilliant last year and will be the X-factor for the Warriors. Russell is a must-pick in any fantasy team. He was unable to find runs in the first two matches but returned strongly to score a quickfire fifty last time. He is a match-winner with the ball in hand as well.
Bowlers: Tahir, like Russell, is another must-have in the MPL fantasy team. He is the second highest wicket-taker this year with eight scalps from four matches. Ashmead Nedd is a brilliant spinner and has picked up a couple of wickets. The rest of the line-up is completed by two other spinners – Mujeeb and Sandeep Lamichhane. Both are top T20 spinners and have played in various leagues around the world.
Captain and VC: Andre Russell and Imran Tahir
Though Jamaica have a number of big names in the batting line-up, including Russell, they have not been able to fire together as a unit. Despite the good showings by their bowlers, their batting has let them down and it will need a special effort to get past last year’s finalists Guyana.
Guyana Amazon Warriors are expected to win.