Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs - CPL 2016 final - preview and live cricket streaming

The final promises much, but which side will deliver on the night?
The final promises much, but which side will deliver on the night?
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Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs
Caribbean Premier League 2016, final, Warner Park, St Kitts
Sunday, 7th August, 19:00 local, 23:00 GMT
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Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs were the first teams to qualify for the play-offs and now they meet in the final of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League.

It's a repeat of the first play-off, which Guyana won by four wickets, following which Jamaica beat Trinbago Knight Riders in the third play-off last night to make it to their second final, and first since 2013.

 

This is Guyana's third appearance in the final, although on both previous occasions, in 2013 and 2014, they lost - including a loss to Jamaica in 2013.

Going into their play-off game against reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica badly needed to find some form as they were on a run of three straight defeats.

Fortunately for them, Chris Gayle hit a quickfire 36 and then Andre Russell made history with a 42-ball century to set up a score of 195 for seven.

Trinbago's title defence ended when they closed on 110 for seven after rain delays dogged the match throughout.

That also meant it was a very late finish for the Tallawahs, but they still have a full day to recover before the final.

Guyana have been outstanding throughout this tournament and have been more consistent than Jamaica, whose early form at home meant they could - just about - afford to lose their final two group games.

Nevertheless, when the two sides have come up against each other, there hasn't been much to choose between them, which points to a tight game.

When they met in Providence during Guyana's home leg early on in the competition, the Amazon Warriors won by seven wickets after dismissing the Tallawahs for just 100 and chasing down their target in 18 overs.

In Jamaica, the Tallawahs did similar, winning by five-wickets despite losing four wickets for two runs at the start of their innings.

Gayle and Russell are the undoubted stars for Jamaica and both have now scored centuries this season, while Guyana will be looking for Chris Lynn, Jason Mohammed and Dwayne Smith to continue their strong form and better their high profile opponents.

Lynn has been outstanding since replacing Martin Guptill at the top of the order and Rayad Emrit has come in and done a good job captaining the side since Guptill's departure.

Dwayne Bravo moved to the top of the wicket-taking list during the third play-off, but behind him lie three Guyana players - Sohail Tanvir, Adam Zampa and Emrit, representative of the number of Guyana players who have stepped up when required.

Kesrick Williams, with 15 wickets, is Jamaica's leading wicket-taker, but Russell and Shakib Al Hasan, who took three wickets against Trinbago, are likely to be their biggest threats.

One thing is for sure, it promises to be a cracking match between two fine sides, and a fitting way to bring down the curtain on an a super Caribbean Premier League season.

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