Test for St Lucia Zouks’ batsmen against Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||8||8||0||0||0||16||1.008|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||9||5||4||0||0||10||0.444|
|St Lucia Zouks||8||5||3||0||0||10||0.069|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||8||1||7||0||0||2||-1.264|
We have a big contest in our hand in the 24th game of the Caribbean Premier League where St Lucia Zouks would be up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The sides are currently placed 2 and 3 on the points table and the side winning this game would book a berth for itself in the semi-finals. Both the teams have won their previous game which will add to their confidence going into this contest.
The two sides had earlier met in the season where St Lucia Zouks had emerged as the winners, but the side has had a poor record against Warriors in the past and shall be looking to erase that with a win in this game. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a balanced line-up with good depth in their bowling. The two sides match up well and the team winning this game would derive lot of confidence for the rest of the season.
Darren Sammy’s side has made the biggest headlines this season with their brilliant performances. They continued it in the last game where they defeated Barbados Tridents by 3 runs after putting in just 92 runs on the board. They had defeated the Warriors earlier in the season and Sammy would like to repeat the same show in the next game.
The side has had problems with the bat which was on display in the last game. Openers Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher haven’t really fired this season which is an area of concern. Najibullah Zardan, Roston Chase and Leniko Boucher are failing to convert their starts and the side will need a good show from them in the next game. Sammy and Mohammad Nabi add strength to the batting down the order.
Their bowling attack was brilliant in the last game with Nabi and Scott Kuggelejin starting off the proceedings well. Kesrick Williams and Zahir Khan also bowled extremely tight line which they will look to do against the good batting line-up that Warriors have. In Roston Chase and Javelle Glenn the side has good depth in its bowling attack.
Daren Sammy (c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Leniko Boucher, Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Javelle Glenn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan
Chemar Holder, Leniko Boucher, Daren Sammy, ADS Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Rahkeem Cornwall, Javelle Glen, Kavem Hodge, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi
Chris Green’s side has hit form at the right time in the season and this was on full display in their last game against the Barbados Tridents which they won by 8 wickets in what was a completely dominating performance from them. Green would want to avenge the loss they suffered against the Zouks earlier in the season.
Brandon King’s return to form is welcome news for the side and he along with Kevin Sinclair forms a good pair at the top of the order. Nicholas Pooran has been in good form. Ross Taylor and Shimron Hetmyer add strength to this middle order and they will look to score quick runs in the next game and set the platform for Green and Keemo Paul to launch the attack.
It was a sensational bowling show from Chris Green in the last game who gave just 3 runs in his four overs. Sinclair also bowled well and with the kind of form Naveen-ul-Haq has shown so far in the season the side would be very confident about its bowling attack. In Imran Tahir, Romario Shepherd and Paul the side has good depth in its bowling.
Chris Green (c), Brandon King, Kevin Sinclair, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ross Taylor, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kissoondath Magram, Imran Tahir
Ross Taylor, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, Naveen-ul-Haq, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Christopher Green, Keemo Paul
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|03h||23||0 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: S||1%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||2.32 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: SE||5%|
|15h||34||0 mm.||2.51 k/h||From: SE||9%|
|18h||41||0 mm.||1.1 k/h||From: SSW||8%|
|21h||37||0 mm.||1.68 k/h||From: W||0%|
Trinidad would see rains on September 03 and we might see another rain affected game. This will make batting conditions difficult as we have seen in the last few games where there is lot of assistance for the fast bowlers in the initial overs and spinners have also done well. The side that bats first would be happy to reach a target of 150 runs on this surface.
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad is a good venue for the batsmen as well as bowlers. There is good assistance off the surface for the fast bowlers and spinners also get to turn the ball on this track. Batsmen who use the long handle have done well at this ground thanks to the shorter boundaries in front and square.
The last few games at this venue have been low scoring where batsmen have struggled to score runs in the early overs of the game. This is likely to play in the minds of both the sides going into this game and one that wins the toss is most likely to bowl first in this game.
This game is expected to be great contest given the kind of form we have seen from the two sides so far in the tournament. St Lucia Zouks have done well to be at the second place in the points table and their players have played out of their skins. Guyana Amazon Warriors after a slow start in the season have peaked at the right time. While the two sides match up well it is Warriors' bowling attack that gives them the edge going into this contest.
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win