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by Alastair Symondson Sunday 12 August 2018
The Barbados Tridents will face a tough challenge in their first match of CPL 2018. The team did not fare too well in the last season and ended second last on the points table.
On top of that, they are up against Guyana Amazon Warriors who have won both of their matches in the league till now and are sitting at the top of the points table.
For Warriors, their top 3 in Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi and young Shimron Hetmyer hold the key to their batting line up. In the bowling department, old workhorse Sohail Tanvir gives the side some control with the ball. Rayad Emrit and Imran Tahir are the chief wicket takers. While Tahir bagged two wickets in the last match, Emrit who was the man of the match took three wickets. For Tridents, Captain Jason Holder's form would be very critical as he would have to shoulder the responsibility of taking his team forward. Dwayne Smith was their top scorer in CPL 2017 and the team would expect him to replicate his performance. The Barbados Tridents have also roped in Steve Smith who is coming on the back of an average Global T20 Canada League. Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla are their other star picks as far as batting is concerned. Pakistan's duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan would join Jason Holder to form the pace bowling battery. However, the odds remain heavily stacked against the Barbados Tridents.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Barbados Tridents - Martin Guptill, Dwayne Smith, Hashim Amla, Steven Smith, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder (c), Roston Chase, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Ashley Nurse
Guyana Amazon Warriors- Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Mohammed, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Keemo Paul, Imran Tahir
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Guyana Amazon Warriors
Head to Head – Matches 9, Barbados Tridents 3, Guyana Amazon Warriors 6
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hashim Amla (Barbados Tridents), Luke Ronchi (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jason Holder (Barbados Tridents), Imran Tahir (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Most Sixes – Dwayne Smith (Barbados Tridents), Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Team Scores Batting First – Barbados Tridents 150+, Guyana Amazon Warriors 180+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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