Undefeated-Amazon Warriors come up against last-place Tallawahs
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The Amazon Warriors will get two bites of the cherry in the CPL19 playoffs, however a win in the first qualifier would send them straight to the final. This game in Providence is a bit of a dead-rubber, Jamaica can’t make the playoffs and Guyana have cemented first-place in the standings. With two more games remaining before the playoffs, the Amazon Warriors could rotate some of their bench players given they’ve already sealed top spot. It’s hard to see Guyana leaning that way though, they have made very-few changes to their XI throughout the tournament which suggests they’ve found a winning combination. Eight-consecutive wins is a clear indicator of how well-balanced this team has been in CPL19. It was Chandrapaul Hemraj (66) and Shimron Hetmyer (48) who performed best with the bat in their last game, however Brandon King has been one of the standout run-scorers in this season’s competition. A batting order with depth and a bowling attack that has a vast amount of variety, Guyana have been unbeatable…literally! The tall off-spinner from Australia continues to find ways to impact the contest, Chris Green has been sensational for the Amazon Warriors this season with 12 wickets. Speaking of consistency, veteran-leggy Imran Tahir has been about as consistent as they come averaging right on two wickets a game. Their ability to just find a way to win has been incredible, the question on everyone’s mind is will it continue in the playoffs? Only time will tell.
Jamaica has taken an almighty-tumble in season 2019, the word disappointing comes straight to mind. This is a team that finished third in last year’s competition, only to stumble all the way down to the bottom of the staircase the following season. Unless something extraordinary happens against the hardest team to beat in CPL19, the Tallawahs will remain last in the competition until next season. They started the tournament shaky and never recovered, that just about sums up 2019 for the Tallawahs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips has been one of the only shining lights for Jamaica, 353 runs at 39 with the bat isn’t a bad effort playing in the bottom side. A veteran in this format of the game, Dwayne Smith finally showcased his striking-ability in the CPL with a power-struck half century against the Zouks in their last match. Perhaps Chris Gayle could even finish what has been a rather-dull tournament on a positive note at the top of the order, he did score a century earlier this season. For someone who wasn’t initially selected in their XI, 35-year-old leggy Imran Khan has been a solid contributor in all three games for the Tallawahs. Khan can score runs down the order and has also picked up 5 wickets in his last two games. Dwayne Smith has also been brilliant at times with the ball along with Zahir Khan. One man who’s unlikely to be in the XI for their final game of CPL19 is Jerome Taylor, his confidence looks absolutely shot this season leaking more runs than a tap.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 29
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Imran Tahir
- Chandrapaul Hemraj
- Chris Green
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Brandon King
Wildcard pick – Keemo Paul
- Glenn Phillips
- Dwayne Smith
- Chris Gayle
- Imran Khan
- Liton Das
Wildcard pick – Ramaal Lewis
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. Romario Shepherd 8. Keemo Paul 9. Chris Green 10. Ben Laughlin/Odean Smith 11. Imran Tahir.
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Dwayne Smith 4. Liton Das 5. Chadwick Walton (c) 6. Trevon Griffith 7. Ramaal Lewis 8. Shamar Springer 9. Imran Khan 10. Derval Green/Oshane Thomas 11. Zahir Khan.
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