Man of the Match: Christopher Green
Host Guyana Amazon Warriors aim for good start against St Lucia Zouks!
Our Prediction is Guyana Amazon Warriors to win!
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||5||5||0||0||0||10||1.95|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||5||4||1||0||0||8||0.97|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||8||4||4||0||0||8||-0.05|
|St Lucia Zouks||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.691|
Four-time Finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors will be looking to get off to a decent start when they take on St Lucia Zouks in the 2nd match of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Guyana on Thursday.
Captain Chris Green will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in their opening fixture. The franchise will be looking to make to play their best combination for this contest.
On the other hand, St Lucia Zouks will need to play exceptional cricket to turn their fortunes around in the competition. The franchise has failed to qualify for the playoffs in all the previous editions of the competition. Captain Darren Sammy that side is able to produce their best cricket in this fixture.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have been perennial underachievers in the history of Caribbean Premier League. They have lost the finals of the competition on four occasions (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018) and will be determined to break their trophy drought this season.Chris Green-led unit will be looking to start their season on a winning note and will be looking to play their strongest side in this opening fixture.
In the batting department, Warriors will be depending on the likes of Shimron Hetymer, Shoaib Malik and Nicholas Pooran to deliver the bulk of the runs in this game. Last year, swashbuckling middle-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer was the standout performer with the bat and finished the competition with 440 runs to his name. Left-hander will be looking to find a form with the bat and produce a notable score against St Lucia Zouks. Nicholas Pooran has produced impressive performances in the T20 format this season. Left-hander has been a consistent performer at the international stage and will be expected to more of the same for Guyana this season.
All-rounder Shoaib Malik is an accomplished player in the 20-over format and will be looking to produce credible performances with bat and ball for Guyana in this year’s competition. Sherfane Rutherford, wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble and Chandrapaul Hemraj will be looking to produce decent scores for the side in this fixture. Keemo Paul is another player who can certainly steal the show with bat and ball for Guyana this season. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Odean Smith, Veerasammy Permaul, Shadab Khan and Ben Laughlin to pick up wickets in this game.
Chris Green (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetymer, Brandon King/Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shadab Khan, Ben Laughlin, Veerasammy Paul.
Shadab Khan, Christopher Green, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Ben Laughlin, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shoaib Malik, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford
The franchise will be hoping that the side can turn their fortunes around with bat and ball in this year’s tournament. Captain Darren Sammy will be determined to do well after two back-to-back disappointing CPL seasons. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy and John Campbell to do the bulk of the scoring.
Last year, Andre Fletcher accumulated 252 runs in 9 innings at an average of 31.5. He will be looking to do well for the side in this year’s competition. Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera and Rahkeem Cornwall are all quality all-rounders that will be looking to do well for the side with bat and ball. Last season, Sammy struggled to get going in the competition and averaged 7.8 in 8 games played. He will be looking to do well with bat and ball for the side in this year’s competition. Thisara Perera is another experienced player who will be looking to rediscover his mojo with the bat.
Left-hander has struggled to produce runs with the bat in the T20 format this season. Colin de Grandhomme, Fawad Ahmed, Lasith Malinga and Niroshan Dickwella are new inclusions to the squad for this year’s tournament. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Lasith Malinga, Fawad Ahmed and Krishnmar Santokie to make early inroads with the new ball. Kesrick Williams will be another prominent pace options for the side for this game.
Darren Sammy (captain), Thisara Perera, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kesrick Williams, Andre McCarthy, John Campbell, Fawad Ahmed, Krishnmar Santokie, Cameron Delport, Hardus Viljeon, Obed McCoy
Obed McCoy, DJG Sammy, Chris Barnwell, Fawad Ahmed, Kesrick Williams, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre McCarthy, ADS Fletcher , Krishmar Santokie, Thisara Perera, N Zadran
Traditionally, the surface prepared for the game at Providence Stadium gives assistance to the spinners. The average score at the venue is around 120 to 130 runs. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to have clear skies during the evening.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Spinners will get into the contest as the surface does tend to slow down considerably in the second half. Venue Providence Stadium in Guyana is going to host second CPL game between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks. Guyana Amazon Warriors will take heart from the fact that they have won five games against St Lucia Zouks at this venue. 2013 was the last time, St Lucia Zouks won a game against Guyana at Providence Stadium
After going through both the squads, Guyana Amazon Warriors will be favorites to their opening game against St Lucia Zouks. The home side has experienced players in their ranks and will be hard to beat in their home conditions.
Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect Guyana Amazon Warriors to notch up a comfortable win over St Lucia Zouks