Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors - CPL 2016 game 15 - preview and live cricket streaming
Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors
Caribbean Premier League 2016, game 15, Kingston, Jamaica
Friday, 15th July, 20:00 local, 01:00 GMT (next day)
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The Caribbean Premier League 2016 moves on to Jamaica where the Tallawahs take on the high-flying Guyana Amazon Warriors in game 15 at Sabina Park.
While Guyana are sitting pretty at the top of the table after four wins in their home leg, Jamaica have been bumped down to third after AB de Villiers inspired Tridents to victory over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the previous game.
This could develop into the theme of the next few matches with Jamaica and their rivals in Barbados in action every other day as both bid to catch Guyana up.
The last time Jamaica were in action was against Barbados, and they reached 116 for two in 10 overs before the match was washed out.
Chris Gayle quickly moved on from registering a golden duck against Guyana and looked in ominous form and it goes without saying that if Guyana can remove him cheaply, they'll be far more likely to win than if he gets in and makes them pay.
Not that Jamaica are a one-man team, as Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan and Imad Wasim have all played their part with bat and ball so far.
They also have Andre Russell back for this clash, which is good news for Tallawahs coach Paul Nixon.
"We are in a fantastic place," he said. "We have come back home in second place.
"We have had Andre Russell missing for a few games now, he is coming back into the fold now. Chris [Gayle] is in world class form.
"We are of course bitterly disappointed about the last game [against Barbados Tridents] being rained out.
"We thought that was a very good target on a wet night. The bouncebackability that we have shown from Guyana after some slightly poor decision making, we are in a much better place."
He is referring there to being beaten by Guyana in Guyana when these two teams met not so long ago, when Sohail Tanvir got rid of Gayle early on and Guyana went on to win a low-scoring encounter by seven wickets.
"The Warriors have done well. They have Tanvir up front, a left-armer who bowls nicely," Nixon added.
"But their strength is in their batting. They will do their homework, they will know what to expect. This will be a bit quicker [than the pitch in Guyana] with a bit more bounce.
"We still felt at 70 for three we should have got 140. We went wicket, wicket and then another couple of overs and then wicket, wicket – that happened three times.
"And that is the only time it will happen in this competition. I guarantee that."
For all the talk of Gayle and Russell, Guyana have their own big hitters that have powered their way to some impressive scores in the tournament so far.
Chris Lynn has been in fine form, as has captain Martin Guptil and Jason Mohammed so even if Jamaica do get going, Guyana have the tools to either chase down or set a big score themselves.
Perhaps though, as we focus on big sixes and fast half-centuries, it might be time for a bowler or two to step up and change the course of the game with a four-wicket haul?
Only Sohail Tanvir has managed one of those so far and another one in this match could turn things decisively.
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