St Kitts and Nevis Patriots head into this match having lost the past four-consecutive matches against Guyana, they’ll be hoping to turn around their fortunes and break the hoodoo against the Warriors with a win.
If ever Guyana wanted to play a season opener against a team of their choice, this would be right up there given their current record against St Kitts & Nevis in the CPL (especially the past four outings). The loss of Chris Lynn through injury will no doubt hurt the Warriors top order prowess, luckily they’ve been able to replace him with the talented Pakistani batsman Babar Azam. Despite the loss of the big-hitting Chris Lynn, Guyana still have Martin Guptill who is a specialist top order batsman in this format of the game, his striking ability is devastating against the new ball and can quickly damage the confidence of the opposition bowlers. This is a team that heavily relies on impact bowling, they have a handful of batsman who have the capability to go big on their day, but they can all be hit & miss which means the bowlers need to restrict totals more often than not to win. Sohail Tanvir and Steven Jacobs will again play a big part in the Warriors 2017 campaign, Jacobs strangled batsmen for runs at the other end with some economical spells and Tanvir was a regular in the wickets column. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is at the peak of his powers at the moment, he’s coming of an IPL stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been his countries most successful wicket-taker in recent times. Locals Chadwick Walton and Jason Mohammed will be heavily relied upon to perform around the overseas signings, if all goes to plan Guyana should extent their winning streak to five.
This is probably the best chance the Patriots have of ending that dreaded losing streak against the Warriors with some big names included in this years CPL. The big personality of Chris Gayle should bolster the batting line-up massively, Gayle is a proven performer in T20 competitions all around the world and has had large success with his previous CPL team the Tallawahs in the past. The prolific 37-year-old has 18 twenty20 centuries to his name, he’ll be one to watch out for in this game for sure. Playing second-fiddle to Gayle will be Evin Lewis, Mohammad Hafeez, Jonathan Carter and Carlos Brathwaite, it’s crucial they play a supporting act to the main show, they can’t get to Gayle-conscious and take the foot off the accelerator. Samuel Badree will lead the St Kitts & Nevis bowling attack accompanied by Tabraiz Shamsi and Alzarri Joseph as the mainstays in the side, there’s also a possibility that Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali will play a sizable amount of games and all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Carlos Brathwaite will also chip in with the ball to make up the overs. The Patriots look the better team on paper, but that’s been the case for quite a while now and Guyana have just found a way to continuously win. Both Ben Cutting and Kieron Powell have been replaced in the squad by Pakistani-duo Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Ali.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 2nd match | Lauderhill
- Martin Guptill
- Sohail Tanvir
- Chadwick Walton
- Rashid Khan
- Babar Azam
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts & Nevis Patriots | 2nd match | Launderhill
- Samuel Badree
- Chris Gayle
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Tabraiz Shamsi
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton (wk) 2. Martin Guptill (c) 3. Babar Azam 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Assad Fudadin/Shimron Hetmyer 6. Steven Katwaroo/Roshon Primus 7. Sohail Tanvir 8. Steven Jacobs/Rashid Khan 9. Rayad Emrit 10. Veerasammy Permaul 11. Keon Joseph.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle (c) 2. Evin Lewis 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Mohammad Nabi 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Devon Thomas (wk) 7. Carlos Brathwaite 8. Shamarh Brooks 9. Alzarri Joseph/Hasan Ali 10. Samuel Badree 11. Tabraiz Shamsi.