Getting the basics right.
That is what Guyana will be aiming to do when they square off with defending champions Trinidad and Tobago in the final match of the Trinidad leg of Caribbean Twenty20 at Queen's Park Oval from 8 p.m. tonight.
The Guyanese know it will be tough to beat T&T at home but all-rounder Steven Jacobs says the team's self belief is very high following their hard-fought morale-boosting 42-run win over Barbados in a low-scoring match at the Oval on Thursday night.
The win ensured the 2010 champions, Guyana, stayed unbeaten in the tournament. And if they can pull off another victory against T&T like they did in the 2010 semi-final at the same venue, they will overtake the defending champs at the top of the standings ahead of the final leg of the competition in St Lucia next week.
"Every single game is a big game. We just need to go out there do the basics right. Trinidad are a tough team and we really need to turn up on that day to beat the Red Force" said Jacobs, who was named Player-of-the-Match for leading Guyana to what seemed to be an unlikely victory after they were dismissed for 108 off 19 overs against Barbados on Thursday.
Barbados replied with 66 all out in 17.2 overs.
Although Guyanese skipper Veerasammy Permaul was a bit disappointed by his team's batting effort, he was still pleased with the overall team performance.
"I think we did not bat as we expected. I think 108 was not the total we were looking for but in the end I think it became a very challenging total," Permaul said.
"I think we did not get the partnerships going and we lost wickets at crucial stages and that really set us back in the batting," he added.
Although his team won by a big margin, Permaul knows they will have to improve if they are to overcome the hosts tonight.
The Guyana skipper said: "I think we will look at what we did wrong tonight and come back positive and look for another victory (against T&T).
"Every game is important and once Guyana can get a win going into the St Lucia leg, I think we will go forward with a high belief and positive outlook and the guys have the belief and that is the most important thing."
Barbados played their final CT20 match in Trinidad last night against the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the Oval.
Today's CT20 fixtures
At Queen's Park Oval
Windwards vs Leewards, 4 p.m.
T&T vs Guyana, 8 p.m.
Barbados vs Guyana
T Griffith b Best 16
S Chanderpaul c Mayers b Nurse 23
R Sarwan b C Brathwaite 1
N Deonarine lbw Smith 13
C Barnwell c Mayers b Hinds 12
R Crandon lbw Smith 0
J Foo c Smith b Benn 11
S Jacobs c Edwards b Benn 0
D Christian c Smith b Edwards 12
V Permaul run out 5
D Bishoo not out 2
EXTRAS: (LB6, W6, NB1) 13
TOTAL: (all out; 19 overs) 108
Wickets at: 29 (Griffith), 36 (Sarwan), 63 (Chanderpaul), 63 (Deonarine), 63 (Crandon), 85 (Foo), 85 (Jacobs), 89 (Barnwell), 100 (Permaul), 108 (Christian)
BOWLING: Edwards 3-0-26-1 (1nb, 1w); C Brathwaite 4-0-15-1; Best 3-0-12-1 (1w); Smith 3-0-14-2; Nurse 1-0-8-1; Benn 3-0-22-2; Hinds 2-0-5-1
D Smith b Jacobs 0
J Brathwaite c&b Jacobs 3
R Hinds run out 1
J Carter c Chanderpaul b Barnwell 17
S Dowrich lbw Deonarine 18
K Mayers run out 1
C Brathwaite run out 10
A Nurse lbw Barnwell 0
S Benn c Sarwan b Permaul 9
T Best stpd wkpr Christian b Permaul 1
F Edwards not out 0
EXTRAS: (LB1, W5) 6
TOTAL: (all out; 17.2 overs) 66
Wickets at: 0 (Smith), 4 (Hinds), 4 (J Brathwaite), 42 (Dowrich), 44 (Carter), 54 (Mayers), 54 (Nurse), 57 (C Brathwaite), 66 (Benn), 66 (Best)
BOWLING: Jacobs 4-1-13-2 (1w); Crandon 3-0-17-0; Permaul 3.2-1-14-2; Bishoo 3-1-6-0; Barnwell 3-0-11-2; Deonarine 1-0-4-1
Result: Guyana won by 42 runs
Points: Guyana 4, Barbados 0
Player of the Match: Steven Jacobs (Guyana)