Must win game for Barbados Royals to stay alive in the tournament
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win
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|St Lucia Kings||6||4||2||0||0||8||1.176|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.983|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||7||3||4||0||0||6||-0.408|
We are into the 20th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021, and it is getting tough for the Barbados Royals as they take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The side has lost against the Warriors in the last game by 9 wickets and shall need to win this game by a big margin to open their chances of making it to the semifinals.
The Barbados Royals have struggled so far in the season and have won just one in the six games they have played. Their record against the Guyana Amazon Warriors hasn’t been great either as the side has lost four out of the last five games between the two sides. It would be interesting to see if they are able to bounce back in this game.
It has been an extremely poor season for Jason Holder’s side so far. They have won just once in the six games they have played and seem to have lost all hopes of making it to the semifinals. The side comes here with a 9-wicket loss against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. As they play the same side here, Holder would like to see a spirited show from his players.
Johnson Charles and Shai Hope have been getting starts and the side would expect them to convert it into a big score in this game. In the middle order Glenn Phillips has looked good but the side would like to get Raymon Reifer and Azam Khan to do well in the game. Holder has to do the big hitting towards the end of the innings with Nyeem Young.
Their bowling attack has looked ineffective in most games played so far and the side would need to see tight spells from Oshane Thomas and Holder. The pair would have to make use of their experience. Reifer, Ashley Nurse and Young would have to bowl in the right areas as they would be playing against a very strong batting line-up.
Jason Holder (c), Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Smit Patel, Glenn Phillips, Azam Khan (wk), Raymon Reifer, Nyeem Young, Ashley Nurse, Jake Lintott, Oshane Thomas
Jake Lintott, Nyeem Young, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Amir, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Azam Khan, Smit Patel, Glenn Phillips
Nicholas Pooran would be confident after the big win in the last game. Their bowlers had restricted the Royals to a small total and the batsmen made a mockery of the chase with clean hitting. The side would be aiming to win this game and move up on the points table which would take them a step closer to the semifinal.
Chandrapaul Hemraj would be confident after his electrifying hundred in the last game and shall look to set up a good opening stand with Brandon King. In the middle order the side has good strength with players like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Shimron Hetmyer. In Pooran and Romario Shephard they have two powerful hitters of the ball strengthening their batting.
Shephard and Imran Tahir would look to grab early wickets like they had done in the last game as the Royals haven’t been in good form with the bat. Gudakesh Motie, Odean Smith and Kevin Sinclair bowled tight lines in the last game, and this would add to the side’s confidence going into this game.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Kevin Sinclair, Gudakesh Motie, Imran Tahir
Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik, Gudakesh Motie
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The skies would be clear on September 08 over St Kitts. The surface has been slightly tricky, but batsmen who get their eyes set in have done well in the tournament. Bowlers haven’t found much support from the surface so far and the side batting first would need 170 runs to feel safe on this surface.
Warner Park, St Kitts is a great venue for batsmen and the flat surface and fast outfield works to their advantage. There is no support for the fast bowlers on this surface. Spinners who flight the ball do get the rewards as the odd ball can turn sharply and stop on the batsmen causing doubts in their minds.
The wicket has been a good one to bat on and we are seeing sides chasing down big total. Only once has the side batting first won the game. The two captains would surely have this in their mind at the toss and are most likely to opt for bowling first on winning the toss.
It is a do-or-die game for the Barbados Royals. Their fate hangs in the balance after the poor show the side put up in the last six games. Their bowling has been poor, and this is something they would have to fix going into this game. Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated them by a huge margin in the last game and they have a very strong batting line-up. This would make the Warriors outright favorites to win this contest.
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win