CPL 2018: In-form Amazon Warriors battle unbeaten Tallawahs tonight

Shimron Hetmyer (L) and Jason Mohammed (C) of Guyana Amazon Warriors celebrate runs off Alzarri Joseph (R) of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 2 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Guyana National Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

After winning two of their three opening home games, Guyana Amazon Warriors will look to replicate their form on the road as they play their first away game in Florida against the currently unbeaten Jamaica Tallawahs on Saturday night at 20:00h.

A well-oiled Warriors unit won two of their three opening home games at Providence, beating St Kitts Patriots and St Lucia Stars in back-to-back games before losing a good game to the Barbados Tridents.

A neutral venue, although the home of the Tallawahs matches this year, Warriors will be looking to resume their winning ways. Openers Chadwick Walton and New Zealander Luke Ronchi played a few good shots during their starts and will be the key for Guyana against a strong Jamaica bowling attack.

Skipper Shoaib Malik and Shimron Hetmyer will most certainly be the players to watch out for.

Sherfane Rutherford, who played a mature knock of 48 in the Tridents match, will be seeking to show fans that his 134 not out in the Canada T20 tournament was far from a fluke.

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Aussie off-spinner Chris Green could be a handful in North American conditions.

Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs (C) celebrates with teammate Glenn Phillips during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on August 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Jamaica, on the other hand, have been playing aggressively, with skipper Andre Russell among the top run scorers and second on the wicket-takers’ list, along with strapping pacer Oshane Thomas, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and leading wicket-taker for the Tallawahs Australian Adam Zampa.

Frontline batsmen; opener Glenn Phillips, who has scores of 58 and 41 and Kiwi star Ross Taylor along with Rovman Powell and Russell, will provide power-hitting options.

Guyana will be aiming to rebound from their loss and move up from their third place spot as they enter the affair with some psychological advantage, having beaten the Tallawahs twice last season.

Tallawahs: Andre Russell (captain), Ross Taylor, Kemar Roach, Samuel Badree, David Miller, Steven Jacobs, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Kennar Lewis, Imad Wasim, Glenn Phillips (wicketkeeper), Kirstan Kallicharan, Andre McCarthy, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Elmore Hutchinson

Amazon Warriors: Shoaib Malik (captain), Rayad Emrit, Sohail Tanvir, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Chadwick Walton, Imran Tahir, Devendra Bishoo, Jason Mohammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Cameron Delport, Saurabh Netravalkar, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Roshon Primus, Gajanand Singh, Romario Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Akshaya Persaud


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