A comprehensive win against a power-packed St Kitts & Nevis Patriots outfit has elevated the Jamaica Tallawahs to second spot on the CPL points table, consolidating their spot in the playoffs as they continue to gain momentum at the back end of the tournament.
Over these past three recent games, skipper Kumar Sangakkara has worked himself into some serious form with scores of 74*, 53 and 69 just recently against the Patriots, what’s even more impressive is that he’s managed to recover from a below-average start to the campaign with three consecutive fifties, opposed to his first six games with a top score of 47. It should come as no surprise though, he’s arguably Sri Lanka’s greatest player to have ever played the game alongside the likes of Jayasuriya, Jayawardene and Muralitharan – never underestimate a proven performer. There’s no doubt that Sangakkara’s return to form has shed a new light on this Tallawahs outfit, they tend to be a bit of a hit-and-miss batting side with the likes of Lendl Simmons and Andre McCarthy who’s best and worst are so far apart from each other it’s ridiculous. Thankfully Sanga’s purple patch along with Glenn Phillips who has been solid at the top of the order without being outstanding, and more recently Rovman Powell who is starting to elevate his consistency in the middle order has certainly helped when Simmons & McCarthy have fallen cheaply. Powell looks to be that next generation of strong middle order batsmen who can be relied upon to score runs in any situation, he’s also chipped in with the ball picking up five wickets which has certainly expanded his input in the team. Dropped Bangladeshi all-rounder Mahmudullah has replaced Imad Wasim in the side, three games in and he hasn’t quite had the impact that Jamaica were hoping for, but in his defense they haven’t batted very deep with their order due to the top order performing well. It was great to see him bowl his full quota of overs conceding just 18 runs against the Patriots star-studded line-up though, proving to be just as economical as Imad in this instance. It was also a huge positive to see the bowling attack take plenty of wickets against St Kitts & Nevis, Oshane Thomas picked up three wickets in his return, Krishmar Santokie was hard to score off finishing with 3/10 off his 3.5 overs and Mohammad Sami chipped in with a couple of wickets as well, it was a good all-round contribution.
This could be the first & last time we see Martin Guptill captain the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL, his own individual struggles haven’t helped either with a lot of questions being asked as the tournament draws to a close. To give you an indication of just how much Guptill has struggled to find his footing in the Caribbean, one of the most entertaining opening batsman in the world has had to try and slot into the middle order at times, batting third & fourth which has led to the elevation of Sohail Tanvir who has been used in a ‘Sunil Narine pinch-hitting role’ at the top of the order. Locals Chadwick Walton and Jason Mohammed have certainly held up their end of the bargain, the pair have managed to chip in some handy knocks that could have really been influential had Martin Guptill come to the party and produce what he is capable of. It’s not only that, the Amazon Warriors tend to lack batting depth which certainly leaves you vulnerable when quick wickets are attained, not to mention the top & middle orders mentality of how aggressive they should be with not a lot of batting to fall back on. With Guptill returning home due to the death of his father, Guyana looked like a much more free-flowing team in the batting department with the addition of Black Caps wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi. Jason Mohammed has scored back-to-back 42’s which gives the middle order some stability heading into this match, with Chadwick Walton ultimately remaining Guyana’s X factor at the top of the order. Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir delivered one of the greatest CPL bowling performances in it’s short history, rattling the Tridents with his 5/3 going for a measly 0.75 off his full quota of overs. Afghani spinner Rashid Khan continues to perform with the ball as well, the 18-year-old has picked up ten wickets now after a sluggish start to CPL 2017.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | 28th match | Kingston
- Kumar Sangakkara
- Lendl Simmons
- Krishmar Santokie
- Rovman Powell
- Mohammad Sami
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 28th match | Kingston
- Rashid Khan
- Chadwick Walton
- Jason Mohammed
- Sohail Tanvir
- Luke Ronchi
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Glenn Phillips 3. Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk) 4. Andre McCarthy 5. Rovman Powell 6. Jonathan Foo 7. Mahmudullah 8. Oshane Thomas 9. Krishmar Santokie 10. Mohammad Sami 11. Kesrick Williams.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton 2. Sohail Tanvir 3. Luke Ronchi (wk) 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Assad Fudadin 7. Roshon Primus 8. Rayad Emrit (c) 9. Keemo Paul/Steven Jacobs 10. Veerasammy Permaul 11. Rashid Khan.