CPL19 top four confirmed, Guyana still undefeated
Trinbago Knight Riders
An unexpected dip in form has seen the Trinbago Knight Riders slide down to third in the CPL19 standings. At one stage in the tournament, both themselves and Guyana (still currently undefeated) were challenging one another for top spot. For a team as dominant as the Knight Riders, it’s come as quite a shock to see them lose their last two games (excluding the washout). Colin Munro’s decline in form with the bat could be one of the reasons, although he’s still striking the ball superbly. They were massacred by Tridents-leggy Hayden Walsh Jr in their last outing at Kensington Oval, it was one of the rare-off nights for Trinbago’s batting unit. Looking to build some momentum heading into the 2019 CPL finals, don’t be surprised if the Knight Riders start blowing teams away from this point onward. The return of fan-favorite Sunil Narine should give them even more X factor at the top of the order and with the ball, England’s Chris Jordan is also expected to make an appearance for the Knight Riders before the end of the tournament. Guyana’s strength this season has been their batting, something Trinbago must take into account. That’s not to say the Knight Riders aren’t in the same category, with batsmen like Simmons, Munro and Pollard just to name a few. The experienced Chris Jordan would be a really good inclusion for this match, Ali Khan was peppered for boundaries in Trinbago’s last game which could be a bad omen. In true Trinbago-fashion, they just have to back themselves and play that aggressive style of cricket they’re renown for.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Seven wins in a row, that’s got to be some sort of record. If the Amazon Warriors somehow go undefeated right up until the CPL19 finals, it’s hard to see anyone challenging them for the title. Playing as an opener this season, Guyana’s Brandon King has been a batting-revelation for his team averaging a career-high 55. King has also scored three fifties in the tournament, a great conversion rate. Guyana couldn’t be anymore primed for a finals campaign, they’ve got a restrictive & damaging bowling attack to go along with a very destructive top six batsmen. Shimron Hetmyer has been the only downside in what has been an extremely-successful tournament right up until now. It’s been a difficult period for the Guyanese-youngster, four single-digit scores in his last 5 games signifies his struggles. Thankfully he hasn’t been a burden on the team whatsoever, the likes of Brandon King, Shoaib Malik and Chandrapaul Hemraj have been contributing plenty of runs, particularly the first two. The Knight Riders could struggle to reach a decent total, pace off the ball has troubled a lot of teams in CPL19. Chris Green’s accuracy has been a major weapon for Guyana, he’s also deceptively-quick as a spinner. It goes without saying that Imran Tahir just continues to play his role in the side to perfection, taking wickets. Australia’s Ben Laughlin was also a huge trump card for the Amazon Warriors against St Lucia, finishing with impressive figures of 3/12 which could keep Keemo Paul out of the side.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 27
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Colin Munro
- Sunil Narine
- Lendl Simmons
- Kieron Pollard
- Chris Jordan
Wildcard pick – Darren Bravo
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Imran Tahir
- Shoaib Malik
- Brandon King
- Chris Green
- Nicholas Pooran
Wildcard pick – Shimron Hetmyer
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Sunil Narine 2. Lendl Simmons 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Kieron Pollard (c) 6. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7. James Neesham/Javon Searles 8. Seekkuge Prasanna 9. Chris Jordan 10. Khary Pierre 11. Ali Khan/Anderson Phillip.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Brandon King 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj 3. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 4. Shoaib Malik (c) 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Sherfane Rutherford 7. Chris Green 8. Romario Shepherd/Keemo Paul 9. Ben Laughlin 10. Odean Smith 11. Imran Tahir.
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