Guyana Amazon Warriors have made a rollicking start to their CPL 2019 campaign. The team, captained by Shoaib Malik, has managed to win both their home matches at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Following a closely-fought encounter versus the St Lucia Zouks, the hosts put forth a decent show against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, winning by eight wickets with seven balls to spare.
They are next scheduled to face the Barbados Tridents at home itself. On the other hand, the Tridents, led by Jason Holder, will be playing their first game. Last time around, they finished as the cellar dwellers after starting the tournament with a win over the Warriors itself. Albeit, Guyana has a 7-4 lead over them, at the Providence Stadium, the Tridents have won two encounters out of three.
Pitch and Conditions
The track in Guyana has had a fair bit for everyone. Even as the batters have been able to play their strokes, the bowlers, especially the spinners have got assistance as well. In the last game, Carlos Brathwaite talked about the dew. Since it’s an early start next time, dew may affect the game after the 10 overs of the second innings. Hence, it will be preferable to field first after winning the toss.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The Warriors are again expected to go in with an unchanged lineup. It will be Shadab Khan’s last match as his NOC will expire. Shadab has five wickets and is also their most frugal bowler with an economy of 4.50. Shepherd and Green also have economy of below six, which shows how clinical their bowling has been. Laughlin and Paul need to improve on their economy, which is above ten.
In the batting unit, Shimron Hetmyer would be high on confidence after his 47-ball 70 versus the Patriots. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Brandon King also looked in great touch in a 63-run stand off 6.5 overs. Skipper Malik looked fluent as well. Nicholas Pooran played for the Tridents last year and he’ll be turning up against his former franchise. Rutherford, Green and Paul add depth to the batting lineup.
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik (C), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Romario Shepherd, Ben Laughlin
The Tridents have been depleted of late. It’s been learnt that Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz won’t be a part of the tournament due to international commitments. JP Duminy and Josh Lalor have been roped in. The latter played for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL and was one of their prolific wicket-takers. Alex Hales’ and Johnson Charles’ role at the top will be important with Shai Hope at three.
Holder had a tough time as the skipper last time. Though he notched 166 runs, he got only five wickets at a dismal average of 57.20. On a strip that will help spinners, Sandeep Lamichhane and Ashley Nurse have to be on their mark. The last time the Tridents faced the Warriors, Raymon Riefer was the Player of the Match for his five-wicket haul. The team will love a similar show from the all-rounder.
Alex Hales, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), JP Duminy, Jason Holder (C), Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Sandeep Lamichhane, Josh Lalor, Chemar Holder
Probable Top Performers
Chandrapaul Hemraj – Guyana Amazon Warriors | Alex Hales – Barbados Tridents
TV – Star Sports 2
Match Timings – 02:30 IST (September 9) and 17:00 local (September 8)
The prediction is for Guyana Amazon Warriors to win their third match.
- Alex Hales
- Jason Holder
- Nicholas Pooran
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Shoaib Malik
- Barbados Tridents
- Guyana Amazon Warriors
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