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Toss Winner - Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to bowl first
Guyana Amazon Warriors beat St Lucia Kings by 6 wickets
Guyana Amazon Warriors hunt for their first win
Our prediction is for Saint Lucia Kings to win the match
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League T20 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, West Indies | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Two bottom-placed teams will face off at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in the 13th match of CPL 2022. The defending champions, Saint Lucia Kings have won 1 of the two matches played at this venue so far.
Guyana Amazon Warriors, on the other hand, are looking for their first win and have started their St Lucia leg of CPL with a loss. Skipper Shimron Hetmyer looks promising with the bat and the team has a great variety in the bowling attack.
However, it seems the toss has played a role in Guyana’s matches. Though Hetmyer won the toss in the last game, he chose to bat first and lost while defending a 162-runs total.
A 160-170 runs total batting first doesn’t seem to be enough at this ground and teams batting first need to push further. The likes of Johnson Charles, Faf du Plessis, and Tim David in Saint Lucia Kings will be expected to push the team score to a more competitive total if they are put to bat first.
Just when it seemed like the defending champions have made a comeback with a win at Gros Islet, they lost another match, their second loss to Barbados Royals this season.
Johnson Charles has experience playing at this venue and will be the one to watch out for at the top. Faf du Plessis, who looked in great shape in his first innings for the Kings this season, has scores of 7 and 0 in his last two innings.
Kings made more changes in the batting order moving Ackeem Auguste and Roshon Primus lower down the order. While the batting department isn't in great form at the moment, there are a few positives for Saint Lucia Kings going into this match.
The lower middle order of Roston Chase, Mark Deyal, and Tim David can be relied on to add crucial runs where the top or middle-order batsmen fail to make significant contributions.
The last game may not reflect well on the Kings’ bowling attack, but it still has a great deal of potential. While Alzarri Joseph is consistent with his performances for the team, Wiese and Kuggeleijn are the most promising players in the bowling attack.
Johnson Charles, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Mark Deyal, Ackeem Auguste, Roston Chase, Tim David, Roshon Primus, David Wiese, Alzarri Joseph, Scott Kuggeleijn
Niroshan Dickwella, Jeavor Royal, Timothy David, Faf du Plessis, Mark Deyal, David Wiese, Alzarri Joseph, Matthew Forde, Kesrick Williams, Roston Chase, Johnson Charles
Hetmyer would not repeat the decision to bat first if he wins the toss again at this venue. Opting to bat first, his team put on an average total and though the bowlers did well to pick regular wickets, it was never a tough ask to chase down 163 for the opposition.
Hetmyer, Klaasen, and Romario Shepherd can make a great impact if Guyana were to chase down a total. The GAW top order features an attacking pair of Paul Stirling and Chanderpaul Hemraj as the opening duo.
While Stirling is yet to make his mark this year, Hemraj has already found his rhythm. Lower down the order, at number 7, Warriors have Odean Smith, who is well-known for his big-hitting abilities.
Imran Tahir continues to be part of CPL and is now an integral part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ bowling attack. While he was expensive in his last outing, he can bounce back quickly with the support of another South African spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith lead the Guyana pace attack and though it looks like an overall decent bowling attack with some promising players, it is not lethal enough to defend a total at this venue.
The variety in the bowling attack can give the skipper some degree of freedom to rotate his bowlers, but opting to bat first is definitely not an option if he can’t take his team beyond the 175-180 runs range.
Paul Stirling, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Gudakesh Motie, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
Gudakesh Motie, Imran Tahir, Shai Hope, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul
The pitch has offered more help to the bowlers in recent matches and the weather is expected to be sunny throughout the day. And by the time the match starts, the temperature would fall just below 30 degrees Celsius.
The average score batting first at this venue was 160 runs before this year. And this season too, only once has a team crossed 170-run mark batting first at this ground. If Faf and Johnson Charles get going, Saint Lucia Kings can put on a big total even if they bat first.
Teams are struggling to score big at this venue whether they bat or bowl first. Even chasing isn’t an easy affair and the matches have gone down to the wire. Of their two matches at this venue so far, Saint Lucia Kings won only when they opted to bow first. Hetymer is also most likely to opt to bowl if he wins the toss this time around.
Both teams are in desperate need of a win here. While Guyana are placed at the bottom in the CPL points table with no win yet, Saint Lucia Kings have just 1 win from 4 matches. Kings have struck a better balance in their playing XI though the skipper has been making frequent changes in the batting order. Warriors, on the other hand, also face a similar struggle in the batting department, but their lack of match-winning bowlers can be a liability. Toss will play a big role and the team opting to bowl first will have the advantage.
Our prediction is for Saint Lucia Kings to win the match
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