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Tallawahs hunt finals berth against Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL T20 playoff

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Jamaica Tallawahs players celebrate a wicket during an earlier game in the Caribbean Premier League T20.

Getting back to winning ways will be on the mind of the Jamaica Tallawahs when they play the Guyana Amazon Warriors in semi-final playoff one of the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 cricket game at Warner Park, St Kitts and Nevis today.

Slated for 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Jamaica time) bowl-off, the encounter will see the Tallawahs entering on the back of two defeats against St Lucia Zouks in Miami, USA, in their final two games of the preliminary round last weekend.

''Good teams bounce back quickly so we need to bounce back quickly,'' said left-arm all-rounder, Imad Wasim, who has so far played a key role in helping the Tallawahs end the preliminary stages in second position.

The finish also ensured that the Tallawahs gave themselves two shots at qualifying for the final, with the loser of the clash playing the winner of playoff number two, which takes place tomorrow between defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders and the Zouks.

GOOD MEMORIES

Jamaica, who chased totals twice in a losing cause against the Zouks, will enter Warner Park with good memories, having defeated the now-eliminated St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their second game.

They will, however, be wary of the Reyad Emrit-led Amazon Warriors, who defeated them in Guyana, before they returned the favour at Sabina Park a few weeks later.

''We played at Warner Park and we won there,'' Wasim recounted. ''The wicket there as well should suit us as we have got players who are match-winners and can play in any given situation.''

The Tallawahs are again expected to place their batting ambitions on openers Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton, Kumar Sangakkara, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell and Shakib Al Hasan.

The bowling is set to revolve around Wasim and fellow left-arm spinner, Al Hasan, plus fast bowler Keswick Williams and Russell, who have been somewhat off in the last two games.

Guyana, in the meantime, are expected to have their batting centred around in-form Australian Chris Lynn, Dwayne Smith and Jason Mohammed, with their bowling being led by pacers Sohail Tanvir and Emrit, and left-arm spinner, Veerasammy Permaul.