About the Match
With 4 points in their bag, Barbados Tridents are in the 4th place currently and will be eager to move up the table with another win when they meet Guyana Amazon Warriors, who occupy the 5th spot with 2 points, on 20th August at Guyana. The Warriors lost their recent match against Tallawahs and are hungry for their second win of the season; the Tridents, on the other hand, lost their match against Knight Riders and are also looking to make a comeback here. It needs to be seen which team can keep a cool head above its shoulders and emerge victorious on Sunday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The batting line-up has players like Martin Guptill, Chadwick Walton, Babar Azam, Jason Mohammed, Gajanand Singh and Roshon Primus, who have been doing well to get the runs on board. They successfully chased down 153 runs against St. Lucia Stars to register their first win of the season. In the bowling department, they have speedsters like Rayad Emrit, who took a superb 4-35 against St. Lucia, the experienced Sohail Tanvir, Roshon Primus and Keemo Paul. Spinners like Rashid Khan and Veerasammy Permaul bring variety to the attack, and they had done well against St. Lucia too.
Against Tallawahs, the bowlers did very well to restrict the opponents to 128 runs; however, the batting line-up faltered after a strong start, and lost the contest by a narrow margin of 2 runs. Spinners Steven Jacobs and Rashid Khan had provided 2 breakthroughs each while Veerasammy contained the run-flow. Rayad Emrit and Tanvir took 3 wickets between them and they are in good form to repeat the performance again.
The top-order batsmen are in good nick with the bat, and can try to set a solid foundation in the upcoming match; with a good mix of pace and spin, the Warriors can look forward to entertaining their fans on their home ground.
Batting first against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the Tridents set up a target of 168 runs mainly due to a well-made 63 off 40 by Kieron Pollard and useful contributions from Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran. However, the bowlers had only 10 overs to get the opposition all-out as the match was affected by rain. With the D/L method in place, the Patriots couldn’t be stopped from winning the match by 17 runs after bowlers like Ravi Rampaul, Wayne Parnell and Shamar Springer gave away easy runs.
Against Knight Riders too they couldn’t leverage the deep batting strength and could muster only 152 runs batting first; Shoaib Malik scored a well-made half-century while Kane Williamson posted 30 runs. Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran tried to keep the runs flowing but it was a slippery slope from which they couldn’t recover. The fast-bowlers had a field day, with Shamar Springer taking 3-32 and Wayne Parnell claiming 2 wickets. Wahab Riaz and Kieron Pollard also took a wicket while part-timer Shoaib Malik also dismissed one opponent; however, they lost the match by 2 wickets.
Overall, they have experienced players like Williamson, Malik, Pollard, Pooran, Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz, Parnell and Tino Best, who can prove to be match-winners under critical situations.
Although Guyana Amazon Warriors have the home advantage and can strategize well against Tridents to keep an upper hand, we feel that Tridents with an in-form pace attack are better placed to win the match on Sunday