About the Match
After an eventful end to the group stage, the two giants of this year's Caribbean Premier League, Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors, are ready to lock horns in the first playoff of the tournament.
The winner of this fixture will proceed to the final while the losing side will have another shot at the final in the third playoff.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
After finishing on top of the table with seven wins from ten matches, Guyana Amazon Warriors look strong to make their mark in the first playoff.
Fortunately enough, the Warriors hoard a few players who have been on top of their form this summer and have made significant contributions throughout the CPL campaign.
Guyana's top scorer Chris Lynn, for instance, is the second highest run-getter in CPL 2016, so far. Whereas, Sohail Tanvir(18) and Adam Zampa(14) have notched up an impressive second and third most wickets, respectively, in the league.
Individual brilliance has thrived in the supremely talented and in-form Guyana side while there remains a dip.
Despite finishing top of the table, Amazon Warriors have struggled to win a match while batting first. In all the seven matches they have won, they have batted second.
The Warriors were sent in to bat first twice in the tournament and failed miserably against once against Jamaica Tallawahs and then against St. Lucia Zouks.
Consequently, this would have drawn the attention of the Tallawahs. If Jamaica wins the toss, they will test Guyana by sending them in to bat first and will look to chase the target themselves.
Finishing the group behind the Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs won six games to end up second on the points table.
Despite an abrupt decline in form in the last few matches, Tallawahs' chances to reach the final seem in place.
In the last two games, Jamaican outfit appeared to be clueless against an upbeat St Lucia Zouks XI, as the Tallawahs were gutted down in both games. The Zouks batted first in both games and set up a huge total of 206 and 194 for Jamaica to chase.
Unwillingly, the Jamaicans succumbed to some fantastic overall display of cricket skills from St Lucia players in both games.
However, St Lucia has produced a breathtaking spell of a magical comeback, where they have won five out of their last six games, not only beating the Tallawahs twice but also triumphing over the table toppers, Guyana Amazon Warriors, on the way.
This gives us a little window of doubt that Jamaica was caught off guard, just like the other four teams, by the Zouks.
Another major issue for the Tallawahs is the departure of their key bowler, Dale Steyn. The Tallawahs' bowling unit, in the absence of Steyn, has looked vulnerable, especially in the two matches against Zouks.
Both teams have their weaknesses and strengths and look fantastic on paper.
Nonetheless, the match will be played at Warner Park, Basseterre and both Guyana and Jamaica have beaten the same opposition, St Kitts, on this venue earlier in the tournament.
Jamaica looked extremely vulnerable on that pitch while Guyana dominated its opposition.
Overall, we think that Guyana is slightly at better odds to win this match