The Knight Riders were defeated in a huge upset against the Tallawahs just days ago, giving Guyana a fighting chance to claim a big scalp in this upcoming match.
We didn’t see the downfall of the Trinbago Knight Riders coming this early in the tournament, Brendon McCullum’s impact with the blade is slowly declining game-by-game as dramatic as it sounds. It isn’t quite panic stations yet though, the Knight Riders are a force to be reckoned with and cannot be ridden off at all by an unaware opposition team, it’s how they respond to that loss which should give us a clear indication of where Trinbago are at. Despite McCullum’s impact continuing to lessen, the Knight Riders have found other alternatives to cover for the absence of the explosive former Black Caps opener. Sunil Narine has been a handy pinch-hitter in the opening slot, coming off a quick-fire 23 off just 11 deliveries against the Tallawahs. Both Colin Munro and Darren Bravo contributed in that loss against Jamaica, Munro was the danger man & threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck before he was caught out for 41 midway through the innings. As well as being productive in the pinch-hitting role at the top of the order with the bat, Sunil Narine’s specialty is with the ball and he made that clear as he finished with an economical 2/21 off his full quota of overs the other day. 28-year-old T20 specialist Kevon Cooper has been the Knight Riders most productive bowler in this years CPL so far, Cooper has taken six wickets in three games which included two scalps against the Tallawahs. The big game player for Trinbago is undoubtedly the captain Dwayne Bravo, he’s got that all-round capability to turn a game on it’s head with both bat and ball when required, the Knight Riders batting runs deep and they have genuine wicket takers in their bowling attack which makes them a formidable line-up.
The Amazon Warriors have had a dreadful start to the tournament, they are yet to win a game and lack star-power in a lot of crucial areas which might determine the outcome of their CPL campaign this year. The task becomes a lot more difficult when your key players aren’t performing, especially when you haven’t got a hell of a lot to work with. Guyana rely a lot on Sohail Tanvir with the ball, that’s backfired big time with the 32-year-old managing just one wicket from two matches so far. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has also struggled, the youngster has been held wicket-less so far in the tournament, fortunately Steven Jacobs and Rayad Emrit have been able to produce some wicket-taking spells in the two games but to little avail. Guyana’s batting line-up is in a similar position, If one of Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton and Jason Mohammed don’t produce a big innings, the Amazon Warriors will struggle to put up a competitive total. The absence of Martin Guptill in Guyana’s last match added further insult to injury, the explosive-hitting New Zealander is one of the worlds best limited-overs batman, without him they look like a pretty mediocre team that lacks flavor. Babar Azam has scored back-to-back 21’s, he’s not yet accustomed to this format like ODI cricket and it shows in his approach, but he’s still a very-capable attribute to the side. Jason Mohammed did his best to guide his Amazon Warriors teammates to victory against the Patriots, they just didn’t have the big-hitting utilities that were required at the back end of the innings.
Guyana have a rough & bumpy road ahead of them, they take on arguably the tournament favorites to take out the 2017 CPL title, if the Amazon Warriors let the big occasion get to them they’re a lost cause against a turbo-charged Trinbago Knight Riders.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | 9th match | Port of Spain
- Sunil Narine
- Colin Munro
- Dwayne Bravo
- Kevon Cooper
- Brendon McCullum
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 9th match | Port of Spain
- Martin Guptill
- Chadwick Walton
- Sohail Tanvir
- Rayad Emrit
- Babar Azam
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Brendon McCullum 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Dwayne Bravo (c) 7. Shadab Khan 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles 9. Robbie Frylinck/Nikita Miller 10. Kevon Cooper 11. Khary Pierre/Ronsford Beaton.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Martin Guptill (c) 2. Chadwick Walton (wk) 3. Babar Azam 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Keemo Paul/Shimron Hetmyer 7. Rayad Emrit 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Veerasammy Permaul 10. Rashid Khan 11. Steven Jacobs.