About the Match
On July 28, Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on Barbados Tridents to seal a knockout stage spot in the 2016 edition of Caribbean Premier League.
Is it done and dusted for the Tridents? Undoubtedly, no, since the numbers tell us that Barbados' chances to qualify for qualifiers are still very much alive.
CPL season 4 has been a nightmare for the Tridents, at least this far, because they have emerged victorious merely in three matches while losing in four games. At the moment, the Tridents are stuck at the fifth spot on the table with seven points in hand.
St Lucia Zouks thrashed the Tridents in the most recent game by seven wickets, with the rain coming into play and activating the D/L method.
The experienced trio of Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, and Ahmed Shahzad has been unable to deliver according to the expectations which puts tremendous pressure on the remaining inexperienced members.
The departure of AB de Villiers, the Tridents' batting lineup seems to be struggling.
The bowling figures are not breaking the banks either since the duo of Ravi Rampaul and David Wiese have leaked tons of runs while have struggled to find the right lengths and to mix it up with variety.
If Barbados Tridents want to qualify for the knockout, they need to fight their way through a strong Guyana Warriors' playing XI.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
On the contrary, The Guyana Amazon Warriors need no flukes to turn the table and have to fix their temporary issues to guarantee themselves a spot in the knockout stage.
Placed in the second spot, with ten points in eight matches, the Warriors require only a single win to make sure they go through to the playoffs.
Guyana succumbed to a nine-wicket loss in the last game against the Zouks, though, it is only a matter of time before the highly talented Guyana squad pulls its socks back up.
Against the Zouks, the Warriors piled on a moderate 159 runs total on the board. CPL 2016's top scorer, so far, Chris Lynn played a gem of an innings of 86 runs from 45 balls while Dwayne Smith scored a decent 50.
A closer look at Guyana's playing time reveals that they haven't lost in the first outing against any opposition in season 2016.
Luckily, Guyana has not played a game against the Tridents yet in the tournament, which means, at least statistically, there is a higher probability that the Warriors will thrive in this match.
Barbados, on the other, hand have been all over the place with their wayward bowling and batting displays. However unlikely it is for Barbados to seal a win here, they have a squad which can pull off a surprise win.
To be on the safe side, Guyana is favorable to win