Providence Stadium, Guyana, West Indies
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Man of the Match: Nicholas Pooran
?In their last five encounters, Barbados Tridents have won just one match, while GAW has won 4. Overall, out of 11 matches, Guyana Amazon Warriors have won 7 games against Barbados Tridents.
?Guyana is yet to win CPL title despite their 4 CPL final appearances, while Barbados Tridents lifted CPL trophy in 2014.
?With 2 wins in two matches, Guyana already grabbed four points, while this is the first match in this season for Jason Holder led Barbados Tridents.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Guyana Amazon Warriors will defeat Barbados Tridents in this match.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors have already earned four points by winning their first two home games, and this could be their hat-trick home-win if they win against Barbados Tridents. GAW have beaten St Lucia Zouks and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots earlier, while Barbados Tridents are playing their first match of CPL 2019. They had experienced bad seasons in the past three years, and they would want to start this season on a happy note. In CPL 2018, they had lost 8 group-stage games. Hopefully, the inclusion of players like Alex Hales, Sandeep Lamichhane, Asif Ali in the squad would change their fortune this time.
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CPL 2018 runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors kicked-off CPL 2019 with a win over St Lucia Zouks. After losing the toss, and being asked to bat first, GAW batsmen faced tough times till 17th over as their run-rate revolved around 6. In death overs, Keemo Paul (38 off 22) and Chris Green (28 off 15) together added quick 48 off 22 balls as GAW registered 155 runs on the board. Sahdab Khan’s 3 wickets powered the team to defend the total successfully. Chris Green was awarded as the player of the match for his all-round performance (28 runs, 2 wickets, 1 run-out).
In the second game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, GAW opted to chase after winning the toss. They bowled first and Shadab Khan’s 2 for 20 and Chris Green’s 1 for 18 restricted the visitors to 153. Their openers added 63 runs in first seven overs providing a solid platform for Hetmyer and Shoaib Malik, as GAW dominated the run-chase. Hetmyer was the Player of the Match for his 47 balls 70 that included 7 fours and 3 sixes.
From of two CPL 2019 matches GAW played, Hetmyer (94 in previous 2 innings) leads the batting department, while Shadab Khan has grabbed total 5 wickets for just 36 runs in his 8 overs.
Shadab Khan, Christopher Green, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shoaib Malik, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford
Shoaib Malik (c), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul, Chris Green, Ben Laughlin, Romario Shepherd
Barbados Tridents had lifted the CPL trophy in 2014 after defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 runs (D/L method). In 2015 they ended as runners-up after losing to Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by 20 runs. In the last season, Barbados Tridents played 10 games, but they won just two games and stayed at the bottom of the points table. It was their worst CPL results, after ending CPL 2016 and 2017 at 5th place. Barbados, the CPL 2014 winners, need to come out of the shell as they play their first match of CPL 2019 against Guyana Amazing Warriors. Their challenge would be to be able to decide on a working playing combination.
England's banned opening batsman Alex Hales is roped in by the Barbados Tridents during CPL auctions held in May 2019. It’s a great opportunity for him to do well and stand out in the T20 league. The franchise also got Nepal’s young and talented leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane in the fifth round of the CPL 2019 draft for at $70,000. The other recruits are Pakistan's power-hitter Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz. Amongst the locals, Shai Hope, Johnson Charles, Jonathan Carter, and Ashley Nurse have joined the franchise too. With key players like Shai Hope, Holder, Hales, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz they must be hoping to win more matches and make it to the playoffs this time.
Alex Hales, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Leniko Boucher, Ashley Nurse, J Charles, Jason Holder, Josh Lalor, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Roshon Primus
Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope, Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Leniko Boucher, Sandeep Lamichhane, Raymon Reifer, Wahab Riaz, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse
The venue for this match is Providence Stadium, Guyana. Out of 7 T20 international matches played here, 3 are won by the team batting first, 3 by the team chasing, while 1 match was abandoned. The average 1st innings score here is 139 and the average second innings score is 91. The highest Total here is 194 and the lowest total is 46. On this pitch, the highest total chased is T20Is is 150/3 (19.1 overs) by India against West Indies, and the lowest total defended is 84 runs by Zimbabwe against New Zealand. In this tournament, out of two matches played here, one game was won by the team batting first and one by the team batting second. On this pitch, 150-160 is a very good score.
Toss does not have a greater impact here but looking at the previous match between GAW and STKNP, the team winning the toss would like to chase.
This is going to be Barbados Tridents' first CPL 2019 outing, and it would be interesting to see how Jason Holder utilizes the key players like Hales, Asif Ali, Shai Hope. Beating the consistent team like Guyana would be a trying task for Barbados Tridents. By winning the first two matches, they have already got the rhythm which is much needed in the shorter format of the game. With four points and greater net-run-rate, they are placed at the top of the points table. Head-to-head numbers are also inclined towards GAW. Thus, we predict Guyana Amazon Warriors defeat Barbados Tridents.
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