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Red Steel goes after spot in final
An indifferent performance in the preliminaries can all be forgotten if the Red Steel wins its Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 semifinal encounter against Guyana Amazon Warriors tonight at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, starting at 8 pm.
The Red Steel got into the semifinals based on the fact that the Warriors defeated Antigua Hawksbills in a cliff-hanger in Antigua last week. They finished fourth with three wins and the Warriors topped the group with five victories.
Going into tonight’s clash the Red Steel will remember that of the two losses that were inflicted on the Warriors was by them at the very Queen’s Park Oval.
This would sure play on the minds of the players, as they go into action in front of a packed house.
Tonight’s mouth-watering affair has a Sri Lankan flavour to it, as one of the best batsmen in the world Mahela Jayawardene lines up for the Red Steel and he will face off against two of his countrymen in Lasith Malinga and Tillekeratne Dilshan, who have been recently acquired by the Warriors.
Mahela has played two matches for the Red Steel thus far, while Dilshan and Malinga have not had a match as yet and this could also prove decisive.
Yesterday, both teams had their final session at the Oval and all players are fit and raring to go.
Warriors captain Ramnaresh Sarwan says despite their success, his side will remain firmly grounded as they know the job is unfinished.
“What we’re doing is taking it step-by-step. We're just focusing on our goal and the process," said the experienced middle order batsman.
“We would love to be in the final. We're in the semifinals so I think it is just a matter of taking the next game that we’ve got in stride and trying to continue with this momentum. We don't want to be looking too far ahead of ourselves. I think for us it has been a process and we just want to continue that process."
The Red Steel may toy with the idea of shuffling their batting order as over the last few matches, they have failed to turn over the strike in the first ten overs. In the last match, they had 33 dot balls in the first 10 overs and with Jayawardene being one of the best workers of the ball, it is highly likely that he may be coming in earlier than his number four position.
Coming back into the side will be the rested Barbadian duo of Fidel Edwards and Sulieman Benn. Both were given the match off against the Tallawahs on Sunday and were badly missed in the attack. Expected to make way for them will be fellow Barbadian Miguel Cummins and T&T leg-spinner Yannick Cariah.
Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Yannick Cariah, Kevon Cooper, Miguel Cummins, Fidel Edwards, Justin Guillen, Mahela Jayawardene, Delorn Johnson, Kevin O’Brien, Nicolas Pooran (Wicket keeper) and Ross Taylor.
Amazon Warriors: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Narsingh Deonarine, James Franklin, Trevon Griffith, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Steven Jacobs, Keon Joseph, Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin (wicket keeper), Krishmar Santokie and Lendl Simmons.
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