Can anyone stop the Warriors supreme-dominance in CPL19?
Guyana Amazon Warriors
What a season it’s been for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, they become the first-ever team in the Caribbean Premier League to win all 10 matches in their group stage fixture, that’s astonishing. They’ve got their eyes on a much more significant milestone though, a maiden CPL title. The Warriors have finished runners-up four times, that’s more than any other team in the history of CPL cricket. Given what they’ve managed to produce this season, this could be Guyana’s year. They have to get past the Barbados Tridents first of coarse, and despite being undefeated there’s no guarantee of winning when it comes to T20 cricket. A couple games ago, the Tallawahs had Guyana 4-8 inside the powerplay, amazingly Jamaica went on to lose the game by 77 runs! Even at their worst the Warriors managed to dig themselves out of trouble which probably symbolizes just how dynamic they’ve been in 2019. Shoaib Malik has led the Warriors superbly and continues to play his part with the bat as well, he’s even chipping in with the ball where he’s managed to sneak some valuable wickets. Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten-54 in their final game against Trinbago was the icing on the cake, an in-form top order followed by boundary-hitting specialists Pooran and Sherfane Rutherford puts them in a very strong position if they continue to keep wickets in hand. Brandon King has been simply-superb at the top of the order for Guyana this season, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer have also chipped in with solid performances. The batting’s been brilliant, but the bowling has just added another layer to this dominant-Guyana outfit. Barbados might be in some trouble when it comes to facing the Warriors spinners, Imran Tahir and Chris Green have both been economical and damaging in the same instance. Hemraj’s epic three-wicket onslaught against TKR with the new ball just confirms that spin is a major weapon in this particular team.
Barbados are 0-2 against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL19, not an ideal statistic leading into a qualifying final. The Tridents aren’t without a chance though, a team as dominant as Guyana are due for a bad game. They can’t just be depending on that though, it’s going to be an almighty-task which ever way you look at it to hand the Warriors their first loss (especially on their home ground). Coming off a victory against the Trinbago Knight Riders, at least the Tridents have some momentum coming into this game. You could argue that they finished second which usually indicates they’ve been up their with the very best this season, however it’s a very-distant second when you look at Guyana’s record. If they don’t back themselves from ball one, it’s hard to see them winning. The likes of Johnson Charles and Alex Hales must show intent against the new ball knowing how destructive their opposing top order is. It’ll take more than just a few sixes and fours from Hales, JP Duminy is the match-winner for mine. The Proteas all-rounder has already scored the fastest half century in CPL19, his consistency has also been a major asset to this Tridents side. We all know how effective Guyana’s spinners have been this season, but not one of them has managed to top Hayden Walsh Jr’s efforts. With 17 wickets in the tournament, Walsh Jr leads both Tahir (13) and Green (13) with an outstanding average (10.7) to match it. With Shakib’s deceptively slow left-armers and Harry Gurney’s bag of variations teaming up with the in-form leggy, we could be in for a cracking contest in Providence.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL QUALIFIER 1
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Imran Tahir
- Chandrapaul Hemraj
- Chris Green
- Shoaib Malik
- Brandon King
Wildcard pick – Sherfane Rutherford
- Hayden Walsh Jr
- JP Duminy
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Harry Gurney
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard pick – Jonathan Carter
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. Chris Green 9. Keemo Paul/Odean Smith 10. Ben Laughlin 11. Imran Tahir.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles (wk) 2. Alex Hales 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. JP Duminy 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Justin Greaves 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Jason Holder (c) 10. Hayden Walsh Jr 11. Harry Gurney.
CPL Eliminator – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots V Trinbago Knight Riders (October 6)
CPL Qualifier 1 – Guyana Amazon Warriors V Barbados Tridents (October 6)
CPL Qualifier 2 – Loser Qualifier 1 V Winner Eliminator (October 10)
CPL Final – Winner Qualifier 1 V Winner Qualifier 2 (October 12)
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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