Both these teams are in hot contention to finish on top of this year’s CPL points table with three games in hand respectively. The Patriots are currently sitting on top with no games left, while the Tallawahs have just one game remaining in fourth position (all four teams equal on wins).
Can the reigning champions go back-to-back in CPL18? As evenly-spread as the competition has been this season, some teams are starting to break away from the pack late in the tournament which can be either good or bad depending on which side you’re on. Trinbago are one of those two teams, their batting line-up always had enormous potential heading into this year’s CPL , and so far you’d have to say it’s delivered. Darren Bravo and Kiwi excitement machine Brendon McCullum have both been good in patches for the Knight Riders, but it’s been McCullum’s former New Zealand teammate Colin Munro who has gone above and beyond with the bat in CPL18. As of now, Munro is the CPL’s leading run scorer with 346 from just seven games. Averaging 57.66 for the tournament, Munro’s consistency has been amazing given his “high risk high reward” approach, he’s one of the cleanest strikers in this year’s CPL yet has consistently done what many have struggled to obtain so far. It may sound strange, but Chris Lynn’s departure may not hurt the Knight Riders as much as they initially thought before the start of the competition. The word disappointing comes to mind when summing up Lynn’s time with the Knight Riders in CPL18, 92 runs from seven matches certainly goes down as a failure in my book. Once a successful pinch-hitter, now a standard lower-order batsman who is opening the innings…The question has to be asked, “What’s happened to Sunil Narine?” Both he and Lynn haven’t clicked as an opening combination, possibly explaining both players decline in form. The addition of Anderson Phillip to their bowling attack could be a game changer heading into the playoffs, the 22-year-old picked up three wickets in his first outing of CPL18. If having a shocker with the bat isn’t enough, Narine has been held wicketless for four-consecutive matches as he continues to tread water. It’s up to the skipper and a couple others to produce some wicket-taking spells in Narine’s absence.
This is perfect playoffs preparation for Guyana, it’s looking very-much like an Amazon Warriors v Knight Riders final which gives this match a little bit of spice. It might be time to pull the plug on seamer Rayad Emrit, he’s been costly in his past three outings with the ball and hasn’t managed to pick up a single wicket in that time. Keemo Paul who funnily enough has taken at least one wicket in each of his six matches would be Emrit’s likely replacement. Having said that, it’s highly unlikely given Emrit’s current position as Guyana captain (replacing Shoaib Malik). The inclusion of all-rounder Roshon Primus has been a handy one, Roshon’s medium pacers seem to be doing the trick alongside Sohail Tanvir and the spinners. The Amazon Warriors are currently rolling with three spinners, not uncommon in T20 cricket but still a potentially risky move. South African leggy Imran Tahir doesn’t come with too many risks though, he’s been one of the most impressive bowlers overall in CPL18 so far. The 39-year-old has picked up 13 wickets in seven matches including a four-wicket haul, proving furthermore that age is just a number. Imran Tahir and Shimron Hetmyer are Guyana’s two match-winners, they’ve already shown what they’re capable of in the tournament and now face the added pressure of performing on cue in the playoffs. Hetmyer’s rise to International level has seen him elevate his game to a whole new level, he’s been the Amazon Warriors driving force this season after scoring that memorable century against Jamaica in the US. They’ve got an absolute cracking batting line-up as well, whether it can match the Knight Riders completely different question altogether. If that were to be the case, the likes of Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi and Cameron Delport would have to support Hetmyer with a couple of decent contributions. This result could determine which team is the frontrunner for the title in 2018.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | CPL | 27th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Colin Munro
- Dwayne Bravo
- Brendon McCullum
- Fawad Ahmed
- Darren Bravo
Wildcard pick – Anderson Phillip
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | CPL | 27th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Imran Tahir
- Luke Ronchi
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Sohail Tanvir
- Cameron Delport
Wildcard pick – Roshon Primus
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Chris Lynn 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Brendon McCullum 5. Darren Bravo 6. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7. Dwayne Bravo © 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles/Kevon Cooper 9. Fawad Ahmed 10. Ali Khan 11. Anderson Phillip.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton 2. Luke Ronchi (wk) 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Cameron Delport 5. Jason Mohammed 6. Roshon Primus 7. Chris Green 8. Rayad Emrit © 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Veerasammy Permaul/Devendra Bishoo 11. Imran Tahir.