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Red Force wary ahead of Regional Super50 clash

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 1:24 AM
Barbados Pride's Jason Holder

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC - Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Jason Mohammed says the hosts are bracing for a strong challenge from a strengthened Barbados Pride unit but will be going all out to keep their unbeaten record intact, when the two teams meet in the sixth and final round of the Regional Super50 here today.

Red Force have been virtually flawless in the tournament, winning four of their five matches - the other was a no-result - to sit comfortably on top of Group A with 22 points.

Pride started weakly but with the return of their international players, stormed back into contention for a semi-final sport with two successive wins, and now lie second on 14 points.

However, with Jamaica Scorpions only four points behind and clashing with minnows ICC Americas in their final game at the National Cricket Centre, Pride face a must-win scenario.

"I think they have strengthened a lot in all the departments," Mohammed said ahead of the day/night contest at Queen's Park Oval.

"I think they have a very good bowling attack and also they are very strong in their batting. I think we're going to have to play a good all-round game to get the better of the Bajans and hopefully we can do it."

In their first meeting in the second round, Red Force disposed of Pride by nine wickets at Queen's Park Oval, after bundling out the visitors for 161.

Since then, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder has returned to lead the side, with fellow international players Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Jomel Warrican, also picked for the final XI.

"It is important for us to keep winning and keep our momentum up and we really want to go through at 100 per cent, and hopefully we can go through the tournament [with a] 100 per cent [record]. If we do that, we will come out with the trophy at the end."