PORT-OF-SPAIN:Captain Chris Gayle said getting the wicket of the big-hitting Kieron Pollard early will be one of their targets when Jamaica Tallawahs face Barbados Tridents in the second semi-final of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League today.
"The aim is to get Pollard for another duck, and put them back on the back foot as early as possible," said Gayle at the pre-match press conference yesterday.
"He is clearly their best player, their power hitter, and when he is dismissed it lowers their confidence a bit.
"He will, therefore, be one of our targets. Obviously, they have other good players, but we know he is their main man."
Pollard, the Tridents' captain, played key roles with the bat in their opening four wins of the tournament with unbeaten knocks of 61 not out and 34 out being his highest.
He, however, has been struggling of late with scores of one, zero and zero in his last three innings, and it is no surprise that his drop in form coincided with the Tridents losing all three fixtures.
Pollard apart, Tridents have in their batting line-up opener Dwayne Smith, the tournament's second leading runs-getter, Pakistani Shoaib Malik and Bangladeshi batting all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan.
The winners of the contest will face either Trinidad Red Steel or Guyana Amazon Warriors, who, at press time, were playing in the first semi-final, also at Queen's Park Oval. The final will be played tomorrow at the same venue.