The second half of the CPL 2022 double header on Wednesday sees the new home side Guyana Amazon Warriors looking to give their campaign a shot in the arm when they go up against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The time has come for the Warriors to start winning matches because they are rooted to the foot of the table but they have to play two more games than every other team. The Tallawahs sit third going into this game but they’ll be sitting ducks if they lose this one.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
This has been a terrible campaign for the Guyana Amazon Warriors so far but the beauty of them being the final home team in the season is that they still have time to turn things around. They are going to have to win at least three of their four home matches if not all four so they really need to find a win here. They have bungled a couple of wins this season and you had a feeling at the time that happened that it would cost them, and that looks likely to happen barring something special.
If the Guyana side are going to win out from here, or go close to it, then they have to bat a lot better than they have done in their last few matches. They have been terrible in manageable run chases. They have lost a couple of players since the last match and usually that is an inconvenience but if players with confidence are arriving then maybe it is no bad thing. Shakib Al Hasan could be a difference maker for the Amazon Warriors.
The Jamaica Tallawahs made a really good start to the season when they opened up their campaign with two successive victories. They have only won two of the six matches they have played since then though so if they do make it through to the finals then they are limping their way there which is never a good thing. Jamaica need to win one of their last two at least in order to make it through. They might still need to win both of them but a win here will stop one team from behind able to catch them.
Jamaica are another side who could do with more runs to their name. They have relied far too much on their captain Rovman Powell in that six game burst and he has stopped delivering the goods which isn’t ideal. The positive for the Tallawahs is that if they can sort out their batting woes then their bowlers are generally getting the job done. They look to have a perfect attack for the conditions here in Providence.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors need a shot of quality which can be provided by Shakib Al Hasan who replaces Tabraiz Shamsi for the remainder of the competition. He was signed for his spin option but it is his batting which could be most important.
Imad Wasim should really enjoy the conditions here in Guyana. The pitches are going to play slow and low and the variations of pace the spinner has will be very hard to get away. They should suit his batting style too.
I highlighted the potential struggle for runs at this venue in the first game of the day and I’m not convinced we’re going to see any different here but I will just let myself see how the pitches play under the lights. I still don’t think we’ll get a high scoring game, not just because of the pitch but because these are not the strong batting units in the competition. The bowlers of both sides are pretty reliable though which means run scoring is likely to remain on the low side.
The bet I like here is for the highest individual score to be under 61.5 runs. No Guyana Amazon Warriors batter has made more than 61 in an innings this season. The only Amazon Warrior to have made 50 is Heinrich Klaasen and he has left now. Three Tallawahs players have hit 62 or more in an innings. Brandon King did it in the opening match of the tournament and Rovman Powell and Raymon Reifer both did it in St Lucia where the pitches were the best for batting. The highest score when these two teams met in the reverse fixture in St Kitts was 44. On a tougher scoring ground I’ll back nobody to score more than 61.5 runs.
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