The final match of the Caribbean Premier League regular season takes place on Friday night when the Providence Stadium will be packed to the rafters for what should be a decent contest between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Trinbago Knight Riders.
These two sides met in Trinidad earlier in the week where the Amazon Warriors came out on top but the Knight Riders need to reverse that outcome if they are to give themselves two shots at making the final of their title defence.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
It looked like the perfect start to the season would be coming to an end for the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday night when they were reduced to 8-4 in the second over. It was a crazy start to the match and many teams would have panicked and crumbled in a heap but not them. They will take so much confidence from winning that match from the position that they were in it is untrue. They will feel an air of invincibility about themselves.
The key thing for the Amazon Warriors now is not to get sloppy and complacent and think they can’t lose because we are entering the stage of the competition where there is no room for being beaten, regardless of how good they have looked to date. The Warriors have been the best side with the ball all competition and their batting has shown it can be brutally powerful but can also be clever when it needs it too.
Trinbago Knight Riders
It looked like the defending champions would cruise into the top two in the table when they flew out of the blocks and won their opening three matches, however they have only won one of their last six games and now have to win to edge their way into that coveted second spot, which will give them two chomps at the cherry in terms of making the final. If they lose this match they will be playing knockout cricket from Sunday afternoon.
Their bowling attack has fallen apart in recent times and that is something that is going to have to change if they are going to retain their title. I would expect their batting to come up with the goods when it really counts but even that has been feeling the pressure a little as we have gone along. Trinbago are into the play-offs so in a way this is a free hit for them which could be significant.
Guyana Amazon Warriors are likely to be unchanged for this match because the four spin options that they had against Jamaica on Thursday night all went so well and the all-round option that Keemo Paul brings could be needed.
Trinbago Knight Riders will surely be hoping that Sunil Narine is available for them in these conditions. Not only can he disrupt Guyana with the bat in his hand but he will provide a strong bowling option too.
They don’t have to win which is never a comfortable thing for a punter but even allowing for the fact that they only played on Thursday night, I think the 4/5 on the Guyana Amazon Warriors is just too big to ignore. They have won literally every way you can do and it is impossible to put into context just how much confidence they will be taking from that.
They have won batting first with a big score, batting first when they’ve struggled at the start, bowling first, bowling second, dewy ball and everything else, they have ticked every box. Trinbago Knight Riders have fallen apart with the ball and I’m not convinced these lower and slower conditions will assist their batting much either. There is always that ‘well they have to lose sometime’ doubt about a team on such a run but there is enough in this Guyana side to think they can win this.
WON – Back Guyana Amazon Warriors to beat Trinbago Knight Riders for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Bet365