The second half of the opening day of the Caribbean Premier League play-offs sees the top two from the regular season battling it out for a direct spot in the final when the Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the Barbados Tridents.
Guyana have absolutely dominated the tournament so far but they know it is what happens from here on in which counts. Barbados Tridents came home with a wet sail to finish second in the competition and get this free shot at the final.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
It is played 10 and won 10 for the Guyana Amazon Warriors but that will count for little if they are not able to make it through to the final at the first opportunity. They have home advantage in this match which they will not have if they need the second bite at the cherry so they will be eager to make it through to another final with a victory in this match. Having been beaten at the final stage last season they are not likely to lack for motivation.
There has been so much to like about the Amazon Warriors this season. They have been superb with the ball, regularly getting early pressure on their opponents and then ramming home that advantage while with the bat they have also delivered the goods. The really encouraging thing for Guyana is that they have not relied on any individuals and their whole line up have stood up and been counted at various times.
It has been a tough season for the Barbados Tridents and it would be wrong to say that they have been consistent at any point but the one thing they have done is battle hard and they are still alive to tell the tale. Sometimes it isn’t a bad thing if you make it through without being at your best, as if you deliver a peak performance when it counts you know it is likely to be enough to achieve whatever the aim is.
Where Barbados are concerned that will mean a solid showing with the bat. That has very much been a weak part of their game so far this season so if they can break out and put in a good display in that discipline there is no reason why they can’t challenge in this match. The one thing they don’t need to get better at is with the ball where they have been strong throughout the campaign to date.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have been rotating their bowling resources for a while now and ensuring everyone is up to speed but we can expect their team to be loaded with spinners here with Ben Laughlin probably sitting out again.
Barbados Tridents themselves have a number of spin options so it will be interesting to see if they drop a seamer to play an extra batsman or even another spinner, or whether they stick with the side which has found some form to get them into this position.
We’ve seen in the first match here that batting is not as easy as we would like it to be at this stage in the tournament and as such the 298.5 runs line looks a little on the high side. It didn’t get touched in that first game and with the quality of the bowlers on show here, especially the ones who take the pace off the ball, I would be surprised if we get anywhere near that again.
Admittedly the two teams can play with an ounce more freedom in that there is another chance for whoever loses which might see a few more runs in the game but I would still be surprised if both of these bowling attacks leak 150 runs given how well they have bowled especially in the second half of the competition. I’ll take the under in this one.
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