Preview: In-form Guyana Amazon Warriors look favorites against bottom-placed Jamaica Tallawahs
The Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors match is scheduled on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:00 AM GST at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
The start of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 hasn’t been great at all for the Jamaica Tallawahs. At the time of writing, they have lost all 4 of the games they had played so far and are placed at the bottom of the points table. The Guyana Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, have begun on a scintillating note. They have won all 3 matches they have played so far and are sitting pretty at the second position on the points table with 6 points.
Hence, when the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors clash on September 18th for their CPL encounter, it might turn out to be a lopsided one. In fact, in the last 5 matches between the two sides, Jamaica Tallawahs have just one twice and lost three times.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors look like a very solid team at the moment and is being well led by captain Shoaib Malik. Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj and the talented Shimron Hetmyer have been their batting mainstays so far. Nicholas Pooran found form in the last game with a fluent 61* against Barbados Tridents. He would like to continue that form with support from captain Malik and Sherfane Rutherford.Embed from Getty Images
Their bowing has plenty of teeth. Romario Shepherd’s fast bowling has been a revelation and Shadab Khan’s leg-spin has been really beneficial for the team. The likes of Chandrapaul Hemraj and Chris Green would have to be better to stop the Jamaican batting.
The one big advantage for the Jamaica Tallawahs is that they are playing this game at home. They will have the crowd support and should assess the conditions better. Their batting does have talent. Chris Gayle, Rovman Powell and Glenn Phillips will be the ones to watch out for in this game as they are in form. Chadwick Walton too could make an impact.Embed from Getty Images
The biggest worry for Jamaica Tallawahs is their bowling. They have conceded plenty of runs. So much that even a Chris Gayle hundred and a total of 241 couldn’t save them in the match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Even in their last match against Trinbago Knight Riders, they ended up conceding a whopping 267 runs. Oshane Thomas, their highest wicket-taker this season, has gone at an economy of over 11 runs per over. The likes of Derval Green, Jerome Taylor and others would really have to buckle up against Guyana.
The injury to star all-rounder Andre Russell has only made matters worse for Jamaica.
Match Prediction – Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, 15th Match:
The pitch at Sabina Park, Kingston, is expected to be a high-scoring one. All the matches here in the season have seen colossal scores. In fact, the last match on the venue – Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders – saw a combined total of 493 runs being scored in 40 overs.
In the match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors expect another run feast with the pitch staying true throughout. In fact, it won’t be surprising if the combined total in this match reaches close 380-400.
Jamaica Tallawahs will have the advantage of playing at home and have a very good batting unit. However, their bowling is letting them down. Guyana Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, have a solid all-round unit. They are in good form and have a sorted combination. They should hence be the likely winners of this contest. Unless, of course, ‘Gayle storm’ gets in the way.