Match: Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents
Date: September 2, 2020
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium – Tarouba, Trinidad And Tobago
Guyana Amazon Warriors registered a fine win in their last clash courtesy of a fine century by batter Nicholas Pooran. The team, after a few inconsistent starts have been pitching in with some great bowling performances as well and seem to get back to form. They will be looking forward to beating last year’s defending champions Barbados Tridents and continue their march into the play-offs.
The Tridents, on the other hand, have been unable to pitch in with the same form that they had shown in CPL 2019. They find themselves at the bottom half of the points table with just two wins from seven games, and they will need a monumental effort to get over the line in this match. They were unable to chase down 92 in their last game, which further displays how dismal they have been.
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
As has been the weather conditions in this year’s CPL, the upcoming match too can be affected by showers. Though the conditions will be humid on match day, there are predictions of rain. The Pitch for this season has not been the best to bat on, with even scores of less than 100 getting successfully defended. Spinners will come into the game once again and batters will find it tough to time the ball.
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GAW Expected XI and Team News
The Warriors won their last game and could stick with the same XI as a result. Kevin Sinclair made his T20 debut in the clash, and pitched in with an excellent bowling performance. However, his batting failed to impress and he could be sent further down the order.
Imran Tahir: The South African had a rare game where he picked up no wickets but was economical, conceding 21 runs in four overs. He has eleven in CPL 2020 thus far, and can never be counted out.
Nicholas Pooran: The batsman smashed ten sixes and four fours in his unbeaten hundred from just 45 deliveries in the last game to lead the charge for his side.
Brandon King: The opener was in excellent touch in CPL 2019, and had scored a fine hundred in the play-offs when the two teams had met. He top-scored for Guyana in the finals as well, but has been unable to replicate the form this year.
Brandon King, Kevin Sinclair, ShimronHetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ross Taylor, Chris Green (c), Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ashmead Nedd
BT Expected XI and Team News
The Tridents have hesitated to change their XI despite losses, but after a poor showing in the last game where they were unable to chase 92, they might be forced to make a few changes. Corey Anderson’s spot may be under the scanner after yet another failure in the last game.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner continued to impress with the ball, picking up 1 for 17 from his four overs to move to nine this year. He is also a handy batsman lower down the order and can be the player to watch out for.
Hayden Walsh JR: The star of CPL 2019 had not been in the best of forms this year, but seems to be getting back to form. He picked up 3 for 19 in the last game against the Zouks and can be a handy player.
Johnson Charles: The opener moved past 200 runs after a patient innings in the last match. He had played the role of an anchor to perfection, and seemed to be guiding his team over the line before he was dismissed.
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder (c), Jonathan Carter, Mitchell Santner, Rashid Khan, Ashley Nurse, RaymonReifer, Hayden Walsh Jr, Joshua Bishop
MPL Fantasy Prediction:
WK: Nicholas Pooran and Johnson Charles both cost 9.5 credits but they are in-form players and the key for their respective teams. Pooran hit a hundred in the last game, while Charles opens the batting and has been consistent this year.
Batsmen: Hetmyer and Brandon King have failed miserably in this edition, but both are better options than any batter from Tridents. The Barbados batsmen failed to chase down a paltry score in the last game and it would be a risk to go in with any of them. Ross Taylor too has been unable to get going, but has been selected.
All-rounders: Young Kyle Mayers has been Barbados’ best batsman this year aside from Charles. He can chip in with the ball too and is a value pick at 8 credits. Jason Holder costs 9.5 credits but has been in form with both bat and ball. Chris Green costs 8.5 credits and has been a key bowler in the middle overs.
Bowlers: Though Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir are expensive selections, they are must-haves in the MPL fantasy team. Rashid can pitch in with the bat as well, which makes him hard to ignore. The South African Tahir had a rare off-day in the last clash but is too good a player to keep missing out. That leaves us with eight credits, and we have picked Sinclair, who had a decent outing in the last game also his T20 debut.
Captain and VC: Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan
Though both teams have been well below par in this season, they have a number of big names who can always be expected to fire. On paper and keeping the recent form in mind, the Warriors emerge as the favourites to win this clash.
Guyana Amazon Warriors are expected to win.
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