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CPL 2016, Match 15 Preview: Jamaica Tallawahs hopes to avenge defeat

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle of Jamaica Tallawahs hits a 6 during Match 7 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League. (Photo By Randy Brooks/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Table toppers Guyana Amazon Warriors will clash with Jamaica Tallawahs in the 15th match of the ongoing CPL at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. It will be a mouth-watering contest. Both teams are in great form and will test each other greatly. Guyana Amazon Warriors, after losing their 4 match winning streak, continued to dominate after they beat St Lucia Zouks by 8 wickets. With five win in 6 games, they have been the single most superior team so far in the tournament.

The Jamaica Tallawahs look settled and ready to take on the competitors. They were unfortunate after their last game got washed out due to rains. The Tallawahs were off to a dominating start and looked set to demolish the opposition. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen as rains spoiled the game for them. Thus, it won’t be wrong to say that the Tallawahs would want to treat the Warriors in the same manner. The last time both teams met, the Warriors got better of the Tallawahs pretty easily in a lop-sided game.

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Guyana Amazon Warriors:

The Warriors have a side which is dominated by all-rounders and bowlers. Dwayne Smith happens to be the only weak at the top. The aggressive opener has been off colour since the start of the tournament and has registered only one double figure score. Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammad provide the compactness to the batting order which s missing at the top.

The bowling attack has been led well by Sohail Tanvir. He has given math-defining spells in every game so far. The only instance where he failed to perform was in the unsuccessful against the Trinbago Knight Riders. Stevan Jacobs has been his perfect bowling partner, holding things tight from the other end. Rayad Emrit has been the trump card for Guptill. The medium pacer has played in all the matches and has nine wickets to his credit. The pacers have been doing their job perfectly but it their spin bowling duo of Adam Zampa and V Permaul who have been the x factor in the bowling attack, creating a huge impact on the opposition.

Probable XI:

Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill (C), Chris Lynn, Jason Mohammad, Chris Barnwell, Anthony Bramble (WK), Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit, Veerasammy Permaul, Adam Zampa, Stevan Jacobs

Jamaica Tallawahs:

The Tallawahs top order looked in brutal mood in the previous game were they raced to 116 in just 10 over before the game was abandoned. Chris Gayle especially was ready to slay anything that came his way. The Jamaican Giant, who was dismissed for a golden duck the last time he played against Warriors, will be itching to have a go at them.

The Tallawahs also have a weak link at the top in the form of Chadwick Walton who has failed to make anything of the opportunities he’s got so far. Kumar Sangakkara and Rovman Powell finally got some runs but should perhaps try to contribute more. Australian batting sensation Alex Ross competes with Gayle in terms of lethality in this line-up. The success for the Tallawahs batsmen will be determined in the manner they cope with the opposition spin attack. With the likes of Dale Steyn and Shakib al Hasan in the bowling attack, the hosts have a relatively more experienced bowling attack. Surprise performer Kesrick Williams will also be important.

Probable XI:

Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, AI Ross, Shakib Al Hasan, AM McCarthy, DW Steyn, GE Mathurin, KOK Williams, JL Jaggesar

Match Timings:

The match starts at 6.30 pm.

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