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Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs - CPL 2016 play-off 1 - preview and live cricket streaming

Who will win as Jamaica Tallawahs take on Guyana Amazon Warriors?
Who will win as Jamaica Tallawahs take on Guyana Amazon Warriors?
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Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs
Caribbean Premier League 2016, play-off 1, Warner Park, St Kitts
Wednesday, 3rd August, 19:00 local, 23:00 GMT
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After 30 matches, the four best sides in the Caribbean Premier League 2016 will now battle for glory, starting with the first play-off between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs.

 

These two sides finished at the top of the standings after the group stage and have earned two chances to qualify for Sunday's final.

The winner of this encounter goes straight through while the loser will play the team that wins the second play-off between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders for the right to join them in the final.

There is everything to play for then as Guyana and Jamaica meet for the third time this season.

When the two teams met in Providence during Guyana's home leg, the home side won by seven wickets after dismissing the Tallawahs for just 100 and chasing down their target in 18 overs.

Sabina Park saw Jamaica return the favour as they ran out five-wicket victors despite losing four wickets for two runs at the start of their innings.

Neither side has home advantage any more as the match is being played in St Kitts, where both picked up wins over the Patriots in the early stages of the season.

Guyana won by four wickets, Sohail Tanvir taking four wickets and Dwayne Smith hitting a half-century while Jamaica won by five runs, so neither team will be particularly daunted by conditions at Warner Park in Basseterre.

In Chris Lynn, Guyana boast the man who lies second in the run-scoring charts having hit the 400-mark while Jason Mohammed and Smith are also in the top 12. Nic Maddinson has also impressed since coming into the side as Martin Guptill's replacement.

Chris Gayle has scored 303 runs in the tournament and lies in fifth place and will always be a danger - he is scoring his runs at a strike rate of 164 - as will Kumar Sangakkara.

Guyana's Sohail Tanvir is behind only Dwayne Bravo in the wicket-taking list and just ahead of Adam Zampa and Reyad Emrit. Emrit now captains the side in the absence of Guptill but their experienced and varied bowling attack is a potent weapon.

Jamaica's leading wicket-taker is Dale Steyn, although he has not been available for the whole tournament; it is easy to see that their team is more batting heavy so the key battle is arguably between Guyana's bowlers and Jamaica's top batsmen.

Whoever wins that could well come out on top given the relative strengths of both sides.

Guyana finished on top of the table and Jamaica are coming off the back of two defeats to St Lucia Zouks during the matches in Florida, and Rovman Powell knows they need to regain their momentum quickly.

"We really want to go to St Kitts and get the final place secured," he said.

"Fort Lauderdale hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us over the last few days but there are a lot of positives we can take from those games looking forward to the finals.

"It is not really a clean slate, Guyana Amazon Warriors are a good team, it is important for us to come back and get our act together.

"We have got the next few days to get our plans right for the finals."

Both teams are well used to the latter stages of the tournament, having never failed to reach the play-offs. In addition, they clashed in the final in 2013 and Guyana reached the final again in 2014.

And it may be that Guyana go into the game with a little more confidence, following a brace of wins over the Barbados Tridents.

"I think the guys are going to be very upbeat," Smith said.

"This is what we wanted to do, to end in the top two, and that is what we just did.

"It is just to go out there now in St Kitts and perform as best we can. Even when we lost games this season the guys were still upbeat.

"It is one family here which is good and I hope we can carry on the performances and take it to the knockouts."

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