The Caribbean Premier League is off to a grand start and we are approaching the end of the first round matches with this match. This will be the last match to be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in the first leg of the league. After losing the first two matches, both teams bounced back strongly and won the next two matches. Both teams successfully defended the target against their respective opponents last night. We can expect a mouthwater competition between two in-form teams looking for a hat-trick of wins.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The Guyana Amazon Warriors fell from 56/0 to 118/10 against Jamaica Tallava last night. Chandrapal Hemraj (21 runs), Brandon King (29 runs), and Ross Taylor (21 runs) were the only players to cross the 20-run mark. Shimron Hetimer suffered a failure after 2 fifties, while Nicholas Pooran and Shane Rutherford have yet to leave an impression in their batting.
The spin trio of Imran Tahir, Chris Green and Ashmead Ned successfully led their bowling attack to defend the target with combined figures of 11-3-46-4. All bowlers contributed with wickets as they reduced the opposition to 59/7 in 16 overs before Russell’s attack.
Top Betting Players:
Chandrapal Hemraj – Chandrapaul Hemraj looked comfortable in this treacherous pitch after scoring 21 off 17 balls in the opening partnership of 56 runs. He can also be an easy spinner in these useful situations.
Chris Green – Chris Green opened the bowling attack and took the opposition to the backfoot with his match figures of 3-1-10-2 with 2 wickets in 3 overs. He was also impressive with his bowling strategy, attacking with three spinners.
St. Lucia Zouks
St. Lucia Jokes were out for 73/0 in 7 overs with Mark Diel (30 runs) and Andre Fletcher (46 runs) and Rakhem was in full flow after Cornwall’s injury. The Afghan duo of Najibullah Zadran (28 runs) and Mohammad Nabi (35 runs) set the stage to take their team to a fine score of 172/6 in 20 overs.
The off-spinning duo of Mohammad Nabi and Roston Chase strangled the opposition despite giving the Pacers a quick run and finished with combined figures of 8-0-29-4. Scott Kugliagin came back to clear the lower order to claim 4 wickets in the process. Obeid McCoy and Kesrick Williams went for much runs in the match.
Top Betting Players:
Mohammad Nabi – Mohammed Nabi batted brilliantly for 35 runs off 22 balls and bowled effectively in the powerplay overs with figures of 4-0-17-1 to end the innings.
Roston Chase – Roston Chase has been a surprise package for the team with its ability to contribute with the bat and ball. He had superb bowling figures of 4–0–12–3 and kept the team on the hunt in the middle overs.
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Zouks, Today match prediction
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have better spinners with the likes of Chase and Nabi as Green and Tahir against Zouk. Zoukas has a better middle-order than the Warriors as they have a significant run contribution in the middle-order. Guyana Amazon Warriors have big names like Puran, Taylor and Rutherford in their team and we can expect them to do well soon afterwards. We predict the Guyana Amazon Warriors to win this match mainly due to their superior spin attack on the opposition team.
Trinidad has an 80% chance of rain on match day and we expect rain to be an unwanted guest in this match. A few overs may be reduced due to weather interruption.
The pitch is starting to deteriorate and the batsmen are finding it difficult to face the spinners. At this venue, the spinners played a combined innings of 220 runs with a total of 220 wickets in the previous match. We can expect an average score of just 120–140 runs on this match.
Toss: To bat
The pitch is expected to slow down as the match progresses and batting first will be the best option here. But the rain that erupted during the start of the match would leave the captains inclined to bat second, keeping the DLS equation in mind.
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