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With Guyana Amazon Warriors' scintillating win over Trinbago Knight Riders in the last league match, they've climbed to the second spot in the points table, overtaking Jamaica Tallawahs. We are now set to see the repeat clash of the two teams involved in the last league encounter, Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors, which is to be played on 12th September 2018 at Providence. The significance of this match is such that the winner will advance directly to the grand finale while the loser will have to face the winner of eliminator in the second qualifier.
Being placed at the top of the table after the conclusion of the league stage, the Knight Riders have been one of the best sides in the tournament. Out of 10 matches, they managed to secure a win in seven games. However, things didn't go according to the plan for them in their last league match against Guyana Amazon Warriors, but that didn't really bring any change to Trinbago's position in the points table.
Batting first against the Warriors, the Trinbago Knight Riders were depended heavily upon Colin Munro and Colin Ingram who was brought in as Chris Lynn's replacement. Colin Munro was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir in the third over of the innings which was followed by the loss of Ingram and Brendon McCullum. Darren Bravo and Dinesh Ramdin then bailed them out with a brilliant 54-run stand before they both were dismissed in a bid to get quick runs.
It was the bowling which was responsible for the kind of thrashing the Knight Riders received in their last game. The Warriors needed to get to their target in 15.3 overs to finish in the top two and to everyone's surprise, Bravo held a couple of overs of Fawad back. This strategic blunder from Bravo allowed Warriors with a little bit of opening to go all out against the other bowlers. While he was brought back in 14th over and even managed to dismiss Hetmyer, it was too late and too little to even provide the chance to deny Warriors the second spot, let alone win the match.
Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum, Colin Ingram, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, SP Narine, Kevon Cooper, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan.
Although insignificant for their opponents, the last league game was of huge significance for the Guyana Amazon Warriors given that they had an opportunity to climb to the top two spots. The latched on the opportunity and won the match in sizzling fashion by chasing down a 150-plus total in under 15 overs.
Bowlers started off well for them as Sohail Tanvir dismissed Colin Munro in the third over of the innings. Colin Ingram was picked up the Chris Green ten balls later whereas a brilliant piece of fielding found Brendon McCullum short of his crease while trying to steal a run. After losing captaincy and a spot in the side, Rayad Emrit found himself back in the team following a string of injuries to their main fast bowlers. He performed rather well as he conceded just 25 runs and picked two wickets in the process.
The carnage which was started by their bowlers was finished in a terrific manner by their batsmen. Just before the halfway mark in their innings, the Warriors were at 2 for 67 in nine overs, needing 88 in just over six overs to finish in the top two. Shemron Hetmyer and SE Rutherford then combined to be part of one of the best partnerships ever in the CPL history to drive them home in just 14.1 overs. Rutherford played an express innings of 45 in just 13 deliveries whereas Hetmyer was dismissed in the 14th over after contributing with a brilliant 59-run knock.
Luke Ronchi, C Delport, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Sherfane Rutherford, CAK Walton, S Tanvir, Christopher Green, RR Emrit, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir.
Trinbago Knight Riders rested its key bowlers in Ali Khan and Sunil Narine for the last league match. They'll be back for the first qualifier to strengthen both the batting as well as the bowling. Guyana Amazon Warriors, on the other hand, gave enough reasons to not to take them lightly in the upcoming qualifier. Trinbago Knight Riders have been a better team in the competition so far and with an excellent batting lineup are better placed to win the first qualifier and advance to the finale.