About the Match
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana has been rock-solid in CPL 2016, especially in the wake of a deadly bowling attack they have put together as they impressed against the Patriots' batsmen in the recently concluded match who were held at 108 runs in the first innings.
As Patriots came out to bat, Lendl Simmons was the lone survivor as he managed to score a slow yet steady 50 off 60 balls. The other batsmen succumbed to the plain genius of the Guyana bowlers who kept taking wickets at regular intervals and restricted the opposition at a mere 108 in 20 overs.
Four bowlers finished with an economy rate of 5 or less; Steven Jacobs bowled excellent line and length while not giving away any room to hit and ended his 4-over spell with a wicket and an economy rate of 1.75.
Zampa was similarly impressive as the Aussie leg-spinner notched 3 wickets for 18 runs in 4 overs.
With such a meek total to chase, Guyana batsman struggled for stability. Only Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn played stable knocks to help their side reach the target with relative ease. The Amazon Warriors reached the task of 109 in 16.2 overs.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Trinbago Knight Riders haven't had the kind of a smooth ride they would have expected before the start of season 2016 of Caribbean Premier League. Bravo XI stand second the last on the points table and has lost three out of its four fixtures so far; not such an extravagant record by a title challenger, is it?
In their most recent fixture against Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinbago scored a massive score of 191; the Proteas, Hashim Amla laid the foundations by scoring 74 off 52 deliveries while his partner, Brendon McCullum, complimented him with a quickfire 35 off 18 balls.
Then came the Tallawahs' opener, Chris Gayle who started hitting everyone out of the park as he reached his 18th ton in a flash. Despite Chris Gayle cameo, the match was a bowling disaster for Trinbago as the Trinidad-based team had no clue how to defend a big total.
In total, Trinbago bowlers threw 9 wide deliveries along with the much costly no-ball that, otherwise, would have sent Gayle back to the dugout.
Narine looked like the only bowler who knew what he was doing. The West Indian spinner gave away only 9 runs in 4 overs while bagging the precious wicket of Sangakkara. The others, including DJ Bravo, had no idea of their line and length and were running around wild as Chris Gayle hammered them all across the park with ease.
The Warriors look too good and too smart for the Trinidad outfit, at the moment. In fact, Guyana has previously beaten the Trinbago Knight Riders and should be at a psychological advantage.
With the way the Warriors' bowling is set up with the likes of Sohail Tanvir and Adam Zampa, it would be a mammoth of a task for the Trinbago batsmen to negotiate on the pitch