Both these teams are sitting on the bottom of the tournament table with zero wins, the only point of relevance in this clash is that the winner will avoid outright-last on the points table.
The Stars have experienced numerous failures that have undoubtedly cost them dearly on a number of occasions in their first three matches. St Lucia’s two big overseas signings have been massive flops so far, both Jesse Ryder and Kamran Akmal came into the CPL with high expectations and haven’t delivered anything promising since joining the Stars. Adding to their dreaded-overseas fortunes, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was dismissed for a first-ball duck in his first appearance in this years CPL for St Lucia which just about sums up their campaign to date. The big news coming out of the CPL is that the PCB have recalled 10 Pakistani players from the tournament due to International & domestic commitments, one of whom represents the St Lucia Stars, Kamran Akmal. Although given Akmal’s form with the bat, it might not be such a bad thing with the Pakistani struggling to find his feet in his four CPL outings. West Indian-duo Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels join the list of under-performing players in this years CPL, Charles who opens the batting for the Stars is averaging just 13.33, while Samuels CPL form from last year has completely diminished, averaging an appalling 10.66. Andre Fletcher & captain Darren Sammy are the only St Lucia batsmen who look capable of scoring runs at the moment, Sammy played a stunning-knock against the Tridents with his 29-ball onslaught for 60 runs, unfortunately they fell short 21 runs due to the D/L system. Jerome Taylor seems to be the Stars only bowler who can consistently take wickets in back-to-back matches, but even he has struggled to have his usual impact as well and has been quite expensive in all his games so far in the tournament.
The Amazon Warriors regained their captain Martin Guptill against the Knight Riders in their most recent match, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to influence the outcome. Guyana will lose both Babar Azam and Sohail Tanvir to the PCB which leaves two vacant spots in the line-up. There’s no arguing that both Pakistani players are huge losses for the Amazon Warriors in the tournament when they return home, it’s a shame we didn’t get to see both players at their best in their short-stint in this years CPL. The show must go on, and if Guyana are looking to resurrect their horror tournament to date, they need more contributors in both departments. Rashid Khan’s wicket-less tournament continues, but there were positive signs against Trinbago with a very neat & tidy bowling display produced from the Afghanistani leg-spinner. Off-spinner Steven Jacobs has been the pick of the bowlers so far for the Amazon Warriors, he’s picked up four wickets in three games and hasn’t been supported very-well by his fellow bowing attack which just about sums up Guyana’s bowling in this years CPL. Their batting looks thin on paper, and it’s proven pretty much the same story in reality which isn’t something a team wants to be known for. Guyana’s opening batsmen are the key to their success, both Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton have the potential to score big which puts extra pressure on them to perform knowing there’s not a lot of firepower to come. Walton has easily been the Amazon Warriors best batsman so far, the 32-year-old scored 60 in the first match and looked impressive again against the Knight Riders with four sixes in his 36 runs.
This match could go either way to be brutally honest, both St Lucia and Guyana are teams lacking enormous confidence and for that reason have not been able to string together any consistent performances. This match could come down to a hitting-contest between both opening batting combinations, the amount of explosive power at the top of the order for both sides could make it a hit & miss outcome that sees one opposition pair dominate and the other fluctuate.
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Lucia Stars | 12th match | Gros Islet
- Andre Fletcher
- Shane Watson
- Marlon Samuels
- Jerome Taylor
- Shane Shillingford
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 12th match | Gros Islet
- Martin Guptill
- Chadwick Walton
- Steven Jacobs
- Babar Azam
- Sohail Tanvir
St Lucia Stars (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Andre Fletcher 3. Kamran Akmal/Jesse Ryder 4. Marlon Samuels 5. Shane Watson 6. Rahkeem Cornwall 7. Darren Sammy (c) 8. Kyle Mayers 9. Mitchell McClenaghan 10. Shane Shillingford 11. Jerome Taylor.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton (wk) 2. Martin Guptill (c) 3. Babar Azam 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Roshon Primus 7. Keemo Paul 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Rayad Emrit 10. Rashid Khan 11. Steven Jacobs.