Warriors face Knightriders in must-win showdown

Knightriders’ skipper Dwayne Bravo and Warriors’ captain Martin Guptill in a relaxed mood at the prematch press conference yesterday at the Guyana Marriott (Royston Alkins photo) 

The Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on top of the table Trinbago Knightriders in a must-win encounter today, in front of an anticipated capacity crowd, following their crushing loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs on Thursday night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.

Warriors will have a second opportunity at home to set the record straight and skipper Martin Guptill believes that his guys are professional enough to do just that in stringing a few wins together.

“I can say every win is a must win, if you really look at it. Winning is a habit and it gives you momentum so if we can get into the winning habit starting from tomorrow [today], we are not out of this tournament yet, so if we start getting on that momentum with a win then hopefully we can go all the way,” the Warriors skipper said boldly.

Guptill in summing up the Warriors’ loss against the Tallawahs, noted that the team was just as disappointed as the fans with the result. However, he pointed out that the decision to change the batting order which may have cost the Warriors the game, was at the time the best decision for the team.

Knightriders’ skipper Dwayne Bravo and Warriors’ captain Martin Guptill in a relaxed mood at the prematch press conference yesterday at the Guyana Marriott (Royston Alkins photo) 

Meanwhile, Knightriders’ skipper, Dwayne Bravo, the happier of the two leaders at this point in time, was his usual chirpy self, declaring that his side does not intend to show any complacency and that they are more focused on winning.

“We are coming up against a Guyanese side that is well led, and I think that to play Guyana in Guyana is always difficult, so we are aware of it. Both teams are very similar in a lot of ways so we are not going to take them lightly, and I stress on my team today that our challenge now is to see how well we can play away from home,” the former West Indies captain, who recently returned from an eight-month layoff, said.

The sides are perhaps the most evenly matched as it relates to having experience in these conditions, with a number of players in the Red and Black kit, having started their CPL careers with the Warriors. Denesh Ramdin and Sunil Narine, along with speedster Ronsford Beaton are the trio with such experience. A capacity crowd is expected to brave the sweltering midday heat to see their team on show.

 

 

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