Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Tridents, 19th Match
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Knight Riders are flying high with 10 points in their bag and lead the table in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League; they will go up against hosts Amazon Warriors at Guyana on 19th August and try to maintain their stronghold in the series. The Warriors on the other hand recently suffered yet another defeat, this time against Jamaica Tallawahs, after managing to register their first win of the season against St. Lucia Stars; they will try to redeem themselves here with a better performance on Saturday.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS
Speedsters Rayad Emrit and Steven Jacobs, and spinner Rashid Khan dismissed 2 opponents each in the match against Jamaica Tallawahs to restrict them to a lowly 128 runs; however, the batting line-up crumbled under pressure and despite a strong start by Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton, who scored 30+ runs each, they lost the match by a meagre 2 runs. Babar Azam and Jason Mohammed also contributed well but failed to steer the team across the finish line.
Against St. Lucia Stars, batsmen Gajanand Singh, Jason Mohammed, Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton helped them chase the 153-run target easily and win the match by 6 wickets. While Singh posted a quick fire 35 off 22, Mohammed and Walton scored 35+ runs each to build a solid foundation along with Guptill’s 23. Earlier, the in-form Rayad Emrit had claimed 4 wickets giving away 35 runs while spinner Rashid Khan took 2 wickets in the most economical way. Sohail Tanvir and Roshon Primus also pitched in to restrict St. Lucia Stars to a humble total.
They have won only one game so far and will need to gear up if they want to keep their hopes alive; with good resources like Emrit, Khan and Tanvir in the bowling department, and a deep batting unit, the hosts can surely overcome the challenges on Saturday.
TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS
They have lost just one game, which was against Tallawahs, and since then have proved to be an unstoppable force, winning 3 matches in a row to take the top spot in the table. Their superior run-rate shows how strong their batting line-up is, with players like Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, the Bravo brothers and the versatile all-rounder Sunil Narine. Against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Ramdin posted a brilliant 59 off 35 balls to help chase the 159-run target without a sweat. Munro contributed with 36 off 30 while captain Dwayne Bravo pitched in with useful 20 runs.
Earlier, the spin magician Sunil Narine had taken 2-26 while speedsters Kevon Cooper and Dwayne Bravo dismissed one opponent each. Spinner Shadab Khan also is in good form and had claimed 1 wicket to help restrict the Patriots to 158.
Against Tridents, medium-pacer Ronsford Beaton registered 2-24 while Dwayne Bravo dismissed 2 crucial opponents.
Kevon Cooper, Shadab Khan and Khary Pierre also contributed with 1 wicket each, to restrict the Tridents to 152. Sunil Narine then showcased his batting prowess yet again, scoring a superb 79 off just 45 deliveries to help win the match by 2 wickets. He brings his all-round talent to the team and inspires youngsters to do well in critical situations; with others like Darren Bravo, Ramdin, McCullum and Munro in the top-order, Knight Riders could come out all guns blazing here.
Although the Warriors have the home advantage, we feel that the Knight Riders with their all-rounder squad and in-form specialists with bat and ball are better placed to win on Saturday.
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