Red Force wary of Jaguars spin attack
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):
Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen's Park Oval here today at 12:30 p.m. (Ja time). Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to stepup if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.
However, Mohammed appears undaunted by the bowling threat posed by Guyana and says his outfit has adequate "ammunition" to counter Guyana's spinners.
"I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that, we have some quality batters in our team as well well," said Mohammed.
In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss. Mohammed says that despite their three-wicket defeat against Barbados Pride on Sunday, the mood remains high among his players.
The match will be a repeat of last year's Grand Final when the Red Force - inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine - completed a comprehensive, 135-run victory to take the title.
"I don't think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge)," declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.
"I think it will be a negative - us losing last year in the finals to Red Force - but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds."