Tridents set to put poor 2018 campaign behind them
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Another promising start to this year’s CPL from the Guyana Amazon Warriors has put them in a strong position in the standings early on. It’s still early days in the tournament, however this Guyana unit look threatening. Two relatively low-key opening batsmen in the form of Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj could play a key part in Guyana’s playoffs aspirations this season. Having already defeated the Zouks and Patriots, the Amazon Warriors will face a revamped-Tridents outfit at home. A lot of focus will be directed towards 22-year-old excitement machine Shimron Hetmyer who dominated the St Kitts & Nevis bowlers in their last match with an unbeaten 70. Hetmyer has already proved his worth in the CPL with some big scores in the competition, he’s your ultimate No. 3 batsman when it comes to playing T20’s in the Caribbean. With the likes of Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran and the big-hitting Sherfane Rutherford to follow, the Amazon Warriors bat deep which is a concern for opposition sides. Pakistani-leggy Shadab Khan has been a real destroyer with the ball so far in the tournament, he’s been hard to score against and has picked up 5 wickets in just two outings. Aussie off-spinner Chris Green and towering-Windies quick Romario Shepherd have both been impressive also.
It’s crucial that Barbados makes a statement in their Caribbean Premier League 19 season opener, they can’t afford to have another tournament like 2018. Some new faces should freshen up this Tridents outfit, England’s Alex Hales is one of the big signings for them in CPL19. Having played a significant amount of T20 cricket for Nottinghamshire over the past 2-3 months, Hales should be primed for a stint in the CPL. Opening batsman Johnson Charles didn’t have a lot of success in last seasons CPL for the Tallawahs, making him a bit of a gamble for Barbados this season. Skipper Jason Holder will be relying on Raymon Reifer to continue his good form with the ball in the CPL in 2019, he produced 5/20 in his last game against the Amazon Warriors in 2018. Proteas veteran JP Duminy gets set to fill the vacancy left by Steve Smith from last season, middle-order contributions will be vital for them if they are to show any sort of improvement this season. With plenty of youth to pick from in the 2019 CPL, Barbados must play their cards right or risk being put to the sword. 19-year-old spin-sensation Sandeep Lamichhane is a huge signing, he’s guaranteed to bring plenty of X factor to this Tridents line-up.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 6
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Shadab Khan
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Romario Shepherd
- Nicholas Pooran
- Brandon King
Wildcard pick – Sherfane Rutherford
- Shai Hope
- Raymon Reifer
- JP Duminy
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Jason Holder
Wildcard pick – Alex Hales
Predicted Team XI’s
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/Odean Smith 8. Chris Green 9. Shadab Khan 10. Romario Shepherd 11. Ben Laughlin.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Alex Hales 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. JP Duminy 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Roshon Primus 8. Ashley Nurse 9. Raymon Reifer 10. Josh Lalor 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
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