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The Trinbago Knight Riders have secured a top-2 finish in this year’s Caribbean Premier League and will play their last league game against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. This will be the second match between the two teams in just about a week. The first match saw the Knight Riders absolutely demolish the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
This win has meant that Knight Riders are going to be assured of two chances to make it to the finals, a big advantage in such a competition. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a good chance of being the second team to lock up that advantage seeing as they have one match in hand over the Jamaica Tallawahs with whom they are competing for this spot.
Can the Warriors win this match and give their title chances a serious boost?
The Guyana Amazon Warriors are scheduled to play two very important matches in the space of 24 hours. The first is against the Jamaica Tallawahs and the other is against the Trinbago Knight Riders. The Warriors will have the advantage of knowing exactly what they need to do to try and qualify in the top-2 even if they lose their match against the Tallawahs.
We are not saying that the Knight Riders would deliberately lose but their camp would certainly like the Guyana Amazon Warriors to have two bites at making the final rather than the dangerous Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors really need Shimron Hetmyer or Luke Ronchi to fire. Both of them have been easily the best batsmen the Warriors have put on the park this season. Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, and Jason Mohammad are all pretty good players but it will take something really special from them to be able to play a match-winning inning against the Trinbago Knight Rider attack.
Hetmyer or Ronchi, though, can easily play a match-winning. Hetmyer already has one century in this tournament while Ronchi has been scoring runs at a very impressive strike rate as well.
Player to player, the Guyana Amazon Warriors do not have the batting to be able to outscore the Knight Rider sin most matches and will need to depend on individual brilliance.
The bowling for the Warriors is similarly dependent on a couple of players. Imran Tahir has been spectacular but seems to get a little rattled if the batting comes at him. The challenge for Tahir is going to be to find a way to put the pressure back on the Knight Riders batting because he is going to be up against some very good players of spin.
The other bowler keeping the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the hunt has been Sohail Tanvir. The former Pakistani international has found his niche in T20 cricket with subtle changes of pace, a good yorker, and very useful lower order batting.
Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, and Parmaul will also have to perform a lot better going into the final stages of this tournament. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have played this tournament but losing momentum at this stage could be catastrophic.
Luke Ronchi, C Delport, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, CAK Walton, S Tanvir, Christopher Green, RR Emrit, Devendra Bishoo, Sherfane Rutherford, Imran Tahir.
The Trinbago Knight Riders continued to flex their batting muscles, although, for a change, it was not Colin Munro that was doing the bulk of the scoring. The New Zealand international had an uncharacteristically slow night where he just scored 28 runs from 29 deliveries. Excellent innings from Chris Lynn, Denesh Ramdin, and Dwayne Bravo, though propelled the Tringbago Knight Riders to a very competitive total.
We love that the Knight Riders have decided to end their prolonged experiment of sending Sunil Narine up the order. Denesh Ramdin has been a very good T20 player off late and is showing his abilities with 90 runs in the last two matches.
Of course, the more exciting thing for the Knight Riders going into their final few matches will be the fact that Chris Lynn finally seems to have found his touch. A player of caliber can effectively win his team the match in just a few overs.
With Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum also in the middle order, the Knight Riders batting just keeps on coming at you.
This victory was built on the back of some excellent batting but the contributions of the bowlers cannot be taken lightly. Fawad Ahmed once again starred with three wickets to his name and continued to show exceptional control even in conditions with plenty of dew.
Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmed, and Ali Khan have been brilliant for the Trinbago Knight Riders all season. The three of them will fancy themselves against a Guyana Amazon Warriors side that can be a little unpredictable. Take Hetmyer and Ronchi early and there is not too much else to follow.
The Knight Riders are peaking at the right time. By ensuring their position in the top-2, they have given themselves a wonderful chance of defending their title this year.
Colin Munro, Colin Ingram, Brendon McCullum, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Phillip, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre.
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Some rain has been forecast early in the day in Guyana but it should be clear by the time the match gets underway. Providence Stadium in Guyana has thrown up some interesting pitches this season. The batsmen have had to struggle a little on the surface because it has been slow and gotten slower with each match.
A bit of break before this match could have allowed the groundsman to freshen up the pitch a little but we think that the spinners are going to dominate once again. A score of around 170 should be very competitive.
The Trinbago Knight Riders have won their last five matches against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. We think they have everything on their side to be able to repeat that this time around as well. Guyana, though, has been playing some good cricket, will have home advantage, and will have more to play for than the Knight Riders.
Back Guyana Amazon Warriors to win.