About the Match
Barbados Tridents have lost three matches in a row and unless they make a comeback now, it will be a downward slope for them as the competition gets heated up in the coming days. Barbados Tridents have slipped down to 5th position with just 4 points in their bag; they will take on Guyana Amazon Warriors, who are currently at No.4 with 6 points, on 29th August at Barbados. The last time these two teams met, Amazon Warriors had emerged victorious by 4 wickets and they will try to repeat the winning performance against the hosts. The Tridents, on the other hand, are desperate for a win and could come out with all their firepower to earn redemption.
Batting first against Amazon Warriors, Dwayne Smith and Kane Williamson put up a stupendous show, setting 107-run opening partnership; while Smith posted a brilliant 100 off 70, Williamson contributed with a well-made 47. The duo did well to take the total to 159 runs but the bowlers failed to defend the total despite a superb 4-wicket haul by Kieron Pollard giving away only 16 runs.
The squad has spinners like Akeal Hosein and Damion Jacobs, who bring variety to the attack while speedsters like Ravi Rampaul, Wahab Riaz, Wayne Parnell and Shamar Springer have been useful in providing regular breakthroughs.
Against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the bowling unit had once again put up a dismal show failing to defend the total after the match was affected by D/L method. Although the batsmen Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran and Shoaib Malik had taken the total to 168, the opponents had to face a reduced target of just 67 runs in 9.3 overs, which the bowlers couldn’t stop them from hitting. They have experienced players with bat and ball, who can try to put their best foot forward here.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Chasing 160 runs against Tridents earlier, Chadwick Walton opened the innings in superb class as he posted 92 of 57. Although there were hiccups along the way due to quick dismissals, captain Martin Guptill made sure they steered across the finish line. With Guptill out of CPL due to personal circumstances, the responsibility would fall on the experienced shoulders of Walton, Jason Mohammed, Gajanand Singh and Sohail Tanvir, who took 3 wickets in that match to restrict the opponents.
They have spinners like Rashid Khan, Steven Jacobs, Veerasammy Permaul and Pacers like Rayad Emrit, Keemo Paul, and Tanvir, who have been performing well in recent matches. Against St. Lucia Stars recently, Khan and Permaul took 3 wickets between them while Rayad Emrit struck 2-26 to contain the opposition to 100 runs. Tanvir and Mohammed then came out all guns blazing to take the team to a comfortable victory by 7 wickets.
Although Guptill won’t be there to guide the youngsters, they have enough combined experience to continue with their winning momentum; with in-form bowlers like Emrit, Khan, Permaul, and Tanvir, the Warriors can prove to be a strong unit in the upcoming contest.
Although the Tridents haven’t won in the recent few matches, they do have the home advantage here to make a much-needed comeback. Amazon Warriors, on the other hand, have been on a winning spree, and have won against Tridents earlier. The match could go down to the wire but we feel that the Warriors will continue to feast on their winning run and consolidate their position with a win on Tuesday.