The two bottom-placed sides will face off for the second time in the tournament, the Amazon Warriors defeated the Stars in the 12th match earlier this month (Guyana have won three of the last four games against St Lucia).
Guyana notched up their second win of the tournament just recently against the Tridents thanks to an electric-knock from opener Chadwick Walton who was able to match Dwayne Smith’s ton for Barbados. Conjuring up an explosive 92 runs off just 57 deliveries, Walton was able to take the Amazon Warriors deep into the innings before his exit which single-handedly set up the win for his side. That knock skyrocketed Walton to the top of the leading run scorers in this years CPL with 278 at an average of just under forty with the bat. Without him, the Amazon Warriors may have been in a similar position to the winless-Stars who can’t take a trick at the moment. It’s been an ugly-sort of a campaign for Guyana skipper Martin Guptill who has really struggled to get in on these Caribbean wickets and score fluently, his last innings against the Tridents was very evident that he’s got a lot of uncertainty in his game at the moment. Guptill managed 27 off 33 deliveries without a single-boundary, nothing out of that innings replicated the aggressive-Martin Guptill that we’re used to which is concerning, especially in this format. Hopefully for Guyana’s sake, he was just taking it easy & trying to guide his team to victory after Walton’s onslaught earlier. Rashid Khan and Veerasammy Permaul bowled with extreme control which restricted the impact of the Tridents big hitters, Sohail Tanvir on the other hand was taken apart for forty runs but managed to pick up three wickets in the process, not convincing albeit very effective. It’s understood that Guyana are expected to lose Tanvir until the 24th of August with the PCB recalling all their centrally contracted and non-contracted players, leaving a huge vacancy in the bowling department.
It’s becoming more-and-more likely that St Lucia will finish the tournament having not won a single game, this would be shattering for Darren Sammy who was just recently replaced as the Stars captain by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Before they were awarded a point for a ‘no result’ outcome in their last match, the Stars were on a six-game losing streak led by Darren Sammy who was unable to steer the team in the right direction which led to his loss of the captaincy. Hopefully for St Lucia’s sake, it’s a fresh start midway through the tournament and hopefully a turning point for them. Isn’t it fascinating that both the bottom two teams own the top two leading run scorers for the tournament? Andre Fletcher is currently sitting second just behind Guyana’s Chadwick Walton on 255 runs. Although it does tell a story for both teams in the tournament, both Walton and Fletcher are individual standouts because their respective teams have had very-little to cheer about in terms of winning results, these two are consistently working their backsides off to try and get St Lucia and Guyana over the line with very little help from their teammates. Fletcher, who is currently averaging 51 in this years CPL needs the likes of Shane Watson, Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles firing at the other end instead of being a one-man show all the time. Both Samuels and Charles have scored one fifty-plus score each this tournament, that’s not enough if you’re competing against batting line-ups that feature McCullum, Munro, Gayle, Lewis, Simmons, Smith etc. The positive sign for St Lucia is that those fifties Samuels and Charles have scored have been just recently, that could mean they’ve put their dreaded form in the early stages of the tournament behind them.
Both these sides lack potent bowling attacks, Guyana have lost Sohail Tanvir who just recently took three wickets while St Lucia haven’t had one standout bowler in this years CPL who has performed at a semi-consistent rate. The fact that Guyana have found some form with the ball thanks to Rashid Khan and Veerasammy Permaul along with Rayad Emrit’s wicket taking ability might be the difference in the game. While it will be a battle of the leading run scorers in the competition – Walton vs Fletcher, the Stars have nothing to back that up in the bowling department, they’ll be praying that Shane Shillingford can replicate that 4/22 he took against the Knight Riders earlier in the tournament.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 21st match | Providence
- Chadwick Walton
- Rashid Khan
- Rayad Emrit
- Martin Guptill
- Jason Mohammed
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Lucia Stars | 21st match | Providence
- Andre Fletcher
- Johnson Charles
- Shane Watson
- Shane Shillingford
- Marlon Samuels
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton (wk) 2. Martin Guptill (c) 3. Assad Fudadin 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Roshon Primus 7. Rayad Emrit 8. Keemo Paul 9. Steven Jacobs 10. Rashid Khan 11. Veerasammy Permaul.
St Lucia Stars (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Andre Fletcher (wk) 3. Shane Watson (c) 4. Marlon Samuels 5. Sunil Ambris 6. Darren Sammy 7. Kyle Mayers 8. Rahkeem Cornwall 9. Shane Shillingford 10. Jerome Taylor 11. Mitchell McClenaghan.
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