Jaguars hoping to upset Red Force
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will look to make good on their label as favourites but face a stern test from the formidable Guyana Jaguars when the two sides renew their rivalry in the final of the NAGICO Super50 here today (12:30 p.m. Ja time).
In addition to boasting their galaxy of stars including the Bravo brothers - Darren and Dwayne - along with Kieron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul, Red Force have also played unbeaten in the tournament.
Beaten by Barbados in last year's final, captain Rayad Emrit exuded confidence ahead of today's final, stressing it was important that Red Force went all the way this time around.
"It's a good feeling to be in another final two years running. Obviously, we want to go one step further this year and I think we have the team to do it," Emrit told reporters.
"Guyana are always tough opposition for us but we just have to continue playing good cricket."
Red Force qualified for the final with a 41-run win over Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, in a rain-hit semi-final on Friday night, which was reduced to 32 overs per side.
With a batting line-up led by Darren Bravo which includes Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and the dashing opener Evin Lewis, and a bowling attack spearheaded by world class off-spinner Sunil Narine, Red Force will be expected to be more than a handful.
Jaguars, meanwhile, will be also full of confidence heading into the championship game. They beat Jamaica Franchise in their semi-final on Thursday to reach the final. Captain Chris Barnwell now believes they have the potential to upset the home side.
"First of all, we have to blank their supporters out. Once we get them out of the way, that's ok for us," Barnwell said on the eve of the game.
"Playing Trinidad is always a challenge for us [as] they have a well-balanced unit but we just have to go out there, play good cricket and outplay them in all three departments. If we bowl, bat and field well, I think we should come out on top in the end."
Guyana will look to Chanderpaul, whose unbeaten 98 against Jamaica put them in the final. All-rounder Raymon Reifer, Barnwell, along with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, will be all expected to play critical roles.