The Caribbean Premier League round-robin games are left with nothing more than academic interest as the qualifiers to the play-off are already confirmed. Guyana Amazon Warriors, hosts for the Friday morning match against bottom-ranked Jamaica Tallawahs, have established unassailable lead at the top with two more games in hand.
Trinbago Knight Riders from their one-off remaining game hold the hope of finishing in the number two position in the league phase.
As for the game on Friday morning (Thursday night Caribbean time), it’s like a David vs Goliath where the mighty Amazon Warriors will only have to guard against complacency and law of averages. The Jamaica Tallawahs will be hoping against hopes, given the performance of the team that had lost seven off their nine matches this season. The hosts have conquered all in their eight games so far.
Favourites for the CPL 2019 crown, Guyana Amazon Warriors enjoy the most-balanced combine in the tournament. Their three batsmen have notched up over 200 run in the season so far, while Pakistani veteran Shoaib Malik has an aggregate of 180 in front of his name. On the bowling front CJ Green (12 wkts), Imran Tahir (10 wkts), R Shepherd (9), Kimo Paul (8) and Shadab Khan (8) have been among the tournament’s most lethal bowlers.
Jamaica, in spite of having tournaments leading run getter GD Phillips (353) and Chris Gayle (243) have failed to click as a unit. Their next best aggregator happens to be CAK Walton (109). Bowling has been the weakest link for the team Zahir Khan (not Indian) and O Thomas (seven wickets each) being their best performers with the ball.
The Andre Russel-led Jamaican, given their form and resources, will be hoping against hopes to pull off an upset.