Can Guyana make it 6 in a row?
While their opposition aims to keep their undefeated-streak going, Barbados themselves are looking in excellent touch after a convincing victory against St Lucia the other night saw them add two more point to their season tally. They were without Alex Hales who returned home to the UK for the Vitality Blast T20 semi-final, unfortunately Nottinghamshire lost despite Hales scoring a half century. Hales replacement for the match against the Zouks was Windies Justin Greaves, and it’s going to be hard to drop him after producing 57 in his CPL debut. The Tridents produced a decent total with the bat at Gros Islet, however it was of the opinion that they could’ve found the boundary a bit more often. Johnson Charles is looking in a lot better touch this season compared to CPL18, he’s been a handy pickup along with South Africa’s JP Duminy. Showing an enormous amount of prowess in the field, Jonathan Carter just about pulled off catch of the tournament so far with an epic one-handed grab. Carter also produced a brilliant run out later in the innings and was also handy with the bat scoring a quick-fire 30. Demolishing the Zouks with the ball in just 14.5 overs, Barbados was superb in the field and equally as effective with the ball. Captain Jason Holder continues to get the job done, 6 wickets in his last three games has really helped the teams performance. Joshua Bishop also impressed picking up 2/33 in his T20 debut.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
They’ve been a hard team to get around this season, in fact, the Guyana Amazon Warriors haven’t actually lost a game in CPL19 as of yet. Looking to make it six-consecutive wins in the tournament when they head to the Kensington Oval in Barbados tomorrow, they face a team who aren’t about to back down without a fight. I wouldn’t call it a danger game for Guyana, but at the same time nothing is guaranteed in a competition such as the Caribbean Premier League. Brandon King finds himself in some fine form with the bat at the top of the order for the Amazon Warriors, scores of 49 & 59 in his past two matches suggests he’s going to be a bit of a thorn in opposition sides inside the opening 10 overs. After two quiet performances, Shimron Hetmyer replied with a brisk-44 which could also lead to bigger and better things. Skipper Shoaib Malik also cashed in on the sublime batting deck at Sabina Park with an unbeaten 67, his first half century in CPL19. Guyana’s spinners once again led from the front, and it’s proving to be a successful-tactic. Imran Tahir and Qais Ahmad once again did the damage picking up two wickets each, and Chris Green did his job with both the new & old ball picking up 1/30. Medium-pacer Keemo Paul has also picked up 5 wickets in his past two outings, somewhat-flying under the radar.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 19
- Jason Holder
- JP Duminy
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Johnson Charles
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard pick – Alex Hales
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Imran Tahir
- Brandon King
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Qais Ahmad
- Nicholas Pooran
Wildcard pick – Chris Green
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles (wk) 2. Alex Hales 3. Justin Greaves/Shai Hope 4. JP Duminy 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Joshua Bishop/Hayden Walsh Jr 10. Josh Lalor 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Brandon King 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Shoaib Malik (c) 5. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 6. Sherfane Rutherford 7. Keemo Paul 8. Chris Green 9. Odean Smith/Romario Shepherd 10. Qais Ahmad 11. Imran Tahir.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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