Winning has been the most consistent habit of Guyana Amazon Warriors this Caribbean Premier League 2019 season. They have scored ten wins on the trot – from as many games in the round robin league stage.
On the Sunday afternoon at the Province Stadium in Guyana (8:30 pm India time), the all-conquering hosts will be eyeing for one more victory and a berth in the final of the CPL 2019 as they take on Barbados Tridents in the first qualifier.
The second best team in the round-robin stage, the Tridents have not been good enough to challenge the might of Guyana in their previous two meetings on way to the play off stage.
Favourites Guayana Amazon Warriors were in total control in their home and away game against Barbados Tridents in the league stage. Frist at the Province Park, they had won by
47 runs with Chanderpaul Hemraj and Nicholas Pooran slamming impressive half centuries and Romario Shepherd running through the Tridents with a 2.4 over spell of four for 13.
In the second game, hosted by Barbados Tridents, the Amazon Warriors in chase of a 139-run target were cruising at 81 for two from 11 overs when rain stopped the play. The performance was good enough for an 11-run win when the result was decided by DL method. Chris Green (4 wkts), Imran Tahir (2 wkts) and Brandon King (51*) not out were the star performers.
Barbados Tridents have got the second position on net run rate after being tied with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – both the teams winning five of the 10 games they played for ten points apiece.
Favourites for the CPL 2019 crown, Guyana Amazon Warriors enjoy the most-balanced combine in the tournament. Their four batsmen have notched up over 200 run in the season so far with Brandon King (321) spearheading the batting. Pakistani veteran Shoaib Malik (281), Hemraj (271) and Simron Hetmeyer (2012) are the other three.
On the bowling front, Imran Tahir and Chris Green (13 wickets each) have been most lethal for the team, while K Paul (10) and Shephered (9) have made valuable contributions. There are plenty of other options at the captains disposal.
Barbados Tridents in their ranks have the tournament’s best bowler Hayden Walsh (17 wkts) with Jason Holder (12 wkts) also making valuable contribution with the ball. Their batting will rely on J Charles (326 runs so far) and JP Duminy (267).