Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo is aiming for better performances from himself and his teammates when they resume their Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 campaign in Jamaica today with another must-win fixture, this time against the St Lucia Zouks at Sabina Park from 11 a.m. (T&T time).
Having lost their first three matches in the competition, the Red Steel bounced back with victories over the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Antigua Hawksbills to reignite their campaign.
The Zouks have also given themselves a chance of reaching next week’s semi-finals in Trinidad by beating the Hawksbills in Antigua on Thursday night.
They are now tied on four points with the Red Steel but remained at the bottom of the table with the Red Steel having a better net run rate.
The Red Steel will be further lifted by the addition of Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene for the remainder of the competition.
Jayawardene replaces the injured South African Davy Jacobs in the Red Steel lineup, adding further strength to the team’s batting.
Speaking to the media after the Red Steel’s one run win over the Hawksbills last Sunday, Bravo said he was seeing good signs in his team’s performances and wanted his players to continue lifting their games.
He wanted the same for himself
“At times you go through a bad patch and it is important that you don’t let that bad patch get you down,” he said.
Bravo lifted his game against Antigua, scoring 46 and taking two for 14 ,while his players’ form also saw a turnaround with Ross Taylor, Adrian Barath, Kevin O’Brien and Darren Bravo all putting in good performances in the two wins in Trinidad.
However, the captain said while the victories were good, their work was far from over.
“I have to keep pushing to ensure we make it into the top four,” he insisted.
Bravo and company will also be keeping an eye on the other matches being played today, including a key clash between leaders Barbados Tridents and third place Jamaica Tallawahs at Sabina Park from 2 p.m.
Also in action today, fourth place Hawksbills take on second place Amazon Warriors at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua from 8 p.m.
Upcoming CPLT20 matches
St Lucia Zouks vs T&T Red Steel, Sabina Park, 10 a.m.
Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents, Sabina Park, 2 p.m.
Antigua Hawksbills vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, 8 p.m.
Jamaica Tallawahs vs T&T Red Steel, Sabina Park, 2 p.m.
Teams M W L Pts NRR
Tridents 6 4 2 8 +1.365
Amazon Warriors 6 4 2 8 +0.639
Tallawahs 5 3 2 6 +0.76
Hawksbills 6 2 4 4 +0.136
Red Steel 5 2 3 4 -1.198
Zouks 6 2 4 4 -1.206