The battle of nerves for St Lucia Zouks’ against Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||10||10||0||0||0||20||1.294|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||6||4||0||0||12||0.6|
|St Lucia Zouks||10||6||4||0||0||12||-0.021|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||10||1||8||0||1||3||-1.498|
It is the 2nd semifinal of the Caribbean Premier League and Guyana Amazon Warriors who finished second on the points table would be up against the St Lucia Zouks who were placed third. Both the teams are coming into this game riding on good form. The Warriors defeated the Barbados Tridents in the last game while the Zouks won their last game against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
In the two games that the sides have played so far in the tournament they have won a game each and this promises to make the game very interesting. The Warriors come into this game with four straight wins and this adds to their advantage while the Zouks have lost two out of their last three games. It will be interesting to see if the Zouks are able to hold on to their nerves as this is for the first time in the history of the tournament that the side has made it to the semifinal.
Chris Green’s side has peaked and all that the skipper would want from his men is another good performance to make it to the sixth final in the tournament. They come with four consecutive wins and shall look to make in five in a row in this game. Green would know that his opponents would be under pressure not having played at this stage and he shall look to exploit this opportunity here.
Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj have to provide the side with a good start. They haven’t done well as a pair this season and need to deliver now. The middle order has been in form of the side with Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer being leading run getters in the season. Ross Taylor and Sherfane Rutherford add balance to this line-up. Green along with Kevin Sinclair shall look to use the long handle well in this game.
Their bowling attack has looked in great form in the last few games with the new ball attack of Green and Sinclair troubling the opponents. They will need to repeat a similar show in this game. Romario Shepherd and Naveen-ul-Haq have also bowled well. It is however the presence of Imran Tahir that makes all the difference to this bowling attack and he has already picked up 15 wickets this season.
Chris Green (c), Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ross Taylor, Kevin Sinclair, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir
Ross Taylor, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Christopher Green, Keemo Paul
Darren Sammy’s side ended their two-match losing spree with a win against the Jamaica Tallwahs in the last game. However the real test starts for the side here as this is for the first time they are playing in the knockout stages of the tournament. They don’t have the best of records against the Warriors and shall have to come up with a strong show in this game.
Rahkeem Cornwall and Mark Deyal have done well in the last game and they would be looking to provide a formidable start to the side. Their middle order has seen constant reshuffling which is problematic and the side will expect a good show from Mohammad Nabi, Roston Chase and Andre Fletcher. The side bats deep with Najubullah Zardan, Javelle Glenn and Sammy down the order, and together they will have to do well against the strong attack that Warriors have.
Their bowlers recovered from the slump in form in the last game. Obed McCoy did well and so did Kesrick Williams. Along with Nabi these two will need to pick early wickets with the new ball against the strong batting line-up that Warriors have. Zahir Khan, Chase and Javelle Glenn add to the bowling options for the skipper going into the game.
Daren Sammy (c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Javelle Glenn, Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan, Obed McCoy
Mark Deyal, Daren Sammy, ADS Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Javelle Glen, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Zahir Khan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||32||0 mm.||1.38 k/h||From: WSW||97%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: SW||78%|
|06h||23||0 mm.||1.22 k/h||From: SSW||57%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||1.09 k/h||From: SSW||1%|
|12h||27||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|15h||40||0 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||41||0 mm.||3.44 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||40||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
The weather would be partly cloudy in Trinidad on the day of the game. Over the course of this tournament we have seen the pitch being a tough one to bat on where the batsmen have struggled to time the ball well. In this high pressure contest a score of 150 runs would be a good total to defend on this surface.
The Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad isn’t the typical Caribbean T20 venue as there is lot in here for the bowlers. Fast bowlers have done well here with the new ball and spinners too enjoy the assistance they get from this surface. Batsmen have to get their eyes set in to score big runs at this venue but the shorter boundaries do allow them good scoring opportunities.
We have seen several low scoring games on this surface this season and this hasn’t been the easiest surface to bat on as the bowlers have done well in the initial overs. It will be a high pressure game and we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first in an attempt to get the opposition out quickly.
We are in the business stage of the season and this game would be a test of nerves for the St Lucia Zouks. They have had an incredible tournament and it is for the first time the side has made it to the semifinals. There would be additional pressure on them to perform in this game and expectations from their fans. Guyana Amazon Warriors are riding good form and they have been at this stage in the past which would be a confidence booster for them. There would be pressure on both the teams but Warriors with their big match players will definitely start favorites in this game.
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win