Tallawahs the comeback kings?
It wouldn’t be the first time that a team as talented as the Jamaica Tallawahs started a T20 tournament slowly, only to find themselves battling it out for the title later down the track. They haven’t been without their own issues either, it’s just been confirmed that key all-rounder Rovman Powell has been ruled out of CPL19 due to injury, while superstar utility Andre Russell has sat out Jamaica’s past two games after being struck on the helmet. While Russell remains a possibility to play, the Tallawahs must continue to build momentum if they’re any sort of chance of reaching the CPL finals. They managed to break the drought with a win at home against the Tridents, their spinners really stepped up to the occasion as they restricted Barbados to 140. A couple of early wickets to George Worker with the new ball and a phenomenal display of spin bowling by Ramaal Lewis and Afghani Zahir Khan left them in a commanding position at the innings break. After a challenging four games of watching Jamaica’s seamers struggle, they’ve finally changed things up with spin, and it’s worked! Now it’s just up to the universe boss Chris Gayle to start blasting opposition teams away early with the willow, since that 116 against the Patriots he’s been relatively-quiet. A captain’s knock from Chadwick Walton who guided the Tallawahs to victory with an unbeaten 51 in their last outing was the third person to receive the captaincy in CPL19 for Jamaica already, joining Gayle and Powell.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana is now the only team in the competition that is undefeated, Trinbago also shared that honour up until today after they went down in a super over-epic to St Kitts & Nevis. After just talking about the Tallawahs tactical change from seam bowling to spin in their last outing, Guyana is a team that uses plenty of spin throughout the innings. Aussie Chris Green, part-timer Chandrapaul Hemraj and their two newest additions to the team in the form of South Africa’s Imran Tahir and Afghanistan teenager Qais Ahmad were all used in their recent win against the Patriots. Imran Tahir bowled superbly in his return to the CPL picking up an economical 2/17, but it was teenage-leggy Qais Ahmad who rattled St Kitts & Nevis finishing with 3/28. Keemo Paul also picked up two wickets with his right-arm fast-mediums, and we’ve already seen what Romario Shepherd has to offer. Their bowling is hard to get away, but one area they’ll be hoping to capitalize on soon is their batting unit. We certainly haven’t seen the best of the Amazon Warriors yet with the willow, players like Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran are elite strikers of the ball and can amass huge scores in a matter of no time. Brandon King was the star of the show for Guyana at Warner Park the other night, timing the ball-sweetly in his quick-fire knock of 49.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 15
- Glenn Phillips
- Zahir Khan
- Chris Gayle
- Chadwick Walton
- Jade Dernbach
Wildcard pick – Dwayne Smith
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Imran Tahir
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Qais Ahmad
- Chandrapaul Hemraj
- Nicholas Pooran
Wildcard pick – Brandon King
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Chadwick Walton (c) 4. Dwayne Smith 5. George Worker 6. Javelle Glen 7. Ramaal Lewis 8. Derval Green 9. Zahir Khan 10. Christopher Lamont/Oshane Thomas 11. Jade Dernbach.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Brandon King 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Shoaib Malik (c) 5. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 6. Sherfane Rutherford 7. Keemo Paul 8. Chris Green 9. Romario Shepherd 10. Qais Ahmad 11. Imran Tahir.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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