About the Match
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The table toppers at the halfway mark of the CPL 2016 with eight points from last five games, Guyana Amazon Warriors come into this fixture on the back of their recent and first defeat in the tournament, losing to Trinbago Knight Riders merely by seven runs.
Ready to chase 152, Guyana Warriors were restricted seven runs short of the second innings target, mustering up a total of 144 runs off 20 overs. The skipper, Guptill, played the sole hand, contributing 50 off 40 deliveries, his pioneer 50 plus score in the tournament, which, in the end, was all in vain.
Despite this loss Guyana are the favourites to win this tie with both their batting and bowling firing simultaneously. Dwayne Smith started brightly but has slackened pace while Martin Guptill and Jason Mohammad have taken up the responsibility and helped their team post challenging totals.
Their bowlers especially Adam Zampa and Sohail Tanvir have been impressive; in fact the duo are leading the wicket-takers charts with 10 and nine wickets respectively. With no injury worries at present, they are likely to field the same eleven who played on Sunday.
Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill (c), Chris Lynn, Jason Mohammad, Chris Barnwell, Anthony Bramble (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Steven Jacobs, Rayad Emrit, Veerasammy Permaul, Adam Zampa
St Lucia Zouks
Currently placed bottom of the table with two points from two games, the St Lucia Zouks outfit have still not had a consecutive run of games to hit their stride. Surprisingly, they last played on 3 July, meaning they have had nine rest days to recover from their loss to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their last game.
Despite their position on the league table, the Zouks are not to be taken lightly, having a number of match-winners in their squad. In Mike Hussey, David Miller, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy and Morne Morkel they have players who are capable of taking the game away from the opposition in a couple of overs.
Once they get a run of games under their belt and get used to the conditions they will be a tough team to beat looking at the talent they have in their squad.
Johnson Charles, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Andre Fletcher, David Miller, Darren Sammy, Kyle Mayers, Nitish Kumar, Derone Davis, Morne Morkel, Kristopher Ramsaran
Guyana Amazon Warriors are still the title favorites despite their recent slump. Zouks, on the contrary, are struggling to find a good game this year