Tallawahs hunt four straight
Jamaica Tallawahs coach Paul Nixon is promising more of the same when the home team meets Barbados Tridents today in the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 at Sabina Park.
It's the fourth and final game of the season for Jamaica at home. The match-up is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start, and according to Nixon, having won their last three fixtures at the venue, there was no intention of allowing Barbados to break that trend.
"We have practised well, prepared well, and have played well, and we plan to do exactly the same thing against these guys,’’ said Nixon of the contest, which will bring together two of the tournament’s top three teams.
"They have got some x-factor players, but we have got people with a lot of confidence, and that’s crucial.’’
The Tallawahs, new leaders of the preliminary round points table, will enter the contest high on confidence following wins over previous leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the Trinbago Knight Riders over the past five days.
The Tallawahs now have 11 points from seven matches following outstanding performances from Bangladeshi batsman Shakib Al Hasan, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and all-rounder Andre Russell.
Young Jamaican Rovman Powell has also featured well in all three matches.
Captain Chris Gayle who has had scores of 45 not out, one and zero in the home matches could explode in his final match at home.
Meanwhile, third place Tridents, who in six outings have recorded three victories, two defeats, and a no-result are also very confident going into tonight's game.
"It is going to be a tough game in Jamaica here, but I think we are up for the challenge as we know what to expect,’’ captain Keiron Pollard said.
‘’But these sort of games and this sort of hostility sometimes brings out the best in players, and these are some of things you need to make you tick.
‘’We won our last game ... so it’s about just keeping calm and doing what is necessary.’’
The Tridents are set to enter the contest without two of their main players this season in South Africans AB De Villiers and Wayne Parnell who have returned home for their country’s cricket awards.
The duo has been replaced by Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan, and South African pacer Marchant de Lange.