Guyana enter the second qualifying final with a huge mountain to climb, they’ve lost to the Knight Riders twice in this years tournament which doesn’t exactly help one’s reputation coming up against the table toppers for a third time.
It comes as quite a surprise that the fourth-placed Amazon Warriors could be fighting it out to win the 2017 CPL title if they can overcome a mammoth task that’s ahead of them, the inform Trinbago Knight Riders. A team that probably doesn’t challenge other sides in the ‘prolific performers’ department has managed to scrounge together some explosive individual performances to get them to this stage in the tournament. Chadwick Walton, Kiwi Luke Ronchi and the Afghan leggy Rashid Khan have been the key contributes that has given Guyana a more intimidating outlook over the past couple of weeks. the new arrival of Luke Ronchi has been nothing short of outstanding, the New Zealander has scored back-to-back fifties in his past two games and looks a real promising prospect batting at No. 3 heading into this all-important qualifying final. Chadwick Walton produced yet another hitting onslaught just recently against the Tallawahs with his unbeaten 84-run blitz, he’s the type of batsman who has that explosive nature when he’s hitting them crisply. With those two up & firing with the willow, Rashid Khan has taken over leading this Guyana bowling attack by example with an eye-catching performance in their most recent match against the Tallawahs in the eliminator. Khan’s figures of 3/32 may not seem overly impressive, but given that he managed to take a hat-trick in the 14th over, it was a three-ball demolition which brought Jamaica to their knees in quick succession. A performance that was worthy of the Amazon Warriors advancing indeed, but they will have to reach new heights if they’re to beat the front-runners in this years CPL from the outset. The likes of McCullum, Munro, the Bravo brothers and even Sunil Narine can make your bowling attack look abysmal when they start carting you over the fence with relative ease, there’s almost nothing you can do apart from crossing your fingers and hope for a mishit. It’s vital that Guyana have a healthy number of contributions in this upcoming match, two or three players aren’t going to get the job done this time around.
From a technical & statistical point of view, Trinbago should go on to win this match with relative ease which would result in a first vs second final. Unfortunately, cricket doesn’t work like that though which brings in to play the chance of a massive upset which would shake things up a bit. The fact that the Knight Riders have defeated Guyana in both outings this year leaves very-little to the imagination, it’s apparent that Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro possess an intimidation factor at the top of the order which often leads to very untidy bowling that has no consistency whatsoever, that’s what these two thrive off. The big blow for the Knight Riders is that Brendon McCullum has in fact broken his arm which has ruled him out for the remainder of this years CPL, a massive loss ahead of this qualifying final which has left them vulnerable in a key area. That’s exactly what the Patriots did in the first qualifying final, taking full advantage of the absence of the big-hitting McCullum which led to a dismal batting performance from Trinbago. This is where the likes of Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and the skipper Dwayne Bravo really need to step up in the absence of their star batsman, all four have the capability to score quick runs which hasn’t been required as regularly in this years CPL. The bowling isn’t a problem for the Knight Riders, they have numerous avenues of taking wickets, Dwayne Bravo the most recent of the cartel to put his hand up with 4/38 against St Kitts and Nevis. There have been some significant changes to Trinbago’s starting eleven though, William Perkins has had to replace McCullum in the opening position having played no previous games in this years tournament, Kevon Cooper returned after a 23-day absence in the competition and Dan Christian has just recently played his first game for the tournament. Sunil Narine and Colin Munro become the Knight Riders most important players in this next match, they need to produce something special to get Trinbago across the line.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | 2nd qualifier | Tarouba
- Chadwick Walton
- Rashid Khan
- Luke Ronchi
- Sohail Tanvir
- Jason Mohammed
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | 2nd qualifier | Tarouba
- Sunil Narine
- Colin Munro
- Darren Bravo
- Dwayne Bravo
- Kevon Cooper
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton 2. Sohail Tanvir 3. Luke Ronchi (wk) 4. Jason Mohammed 5. Gajanand Singh 6. Assad Fudadin 7. Roshon Primus 8. Rayad Emrit (c) 9. Steven Jacobs 10. Veerasammy Permaul 11. Rashid Khan.
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. William Perkins 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Dwayne Bravo (c) 7. Dan Christian/Robbie Frylinck 8. Shadab Khan 9. Javon Scantlebury-Searles/Nikita Miller 10. Kevon Cooper 11. Ronsford Beaton.