Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions CPL 2018 St Lucia Stars vs Guyana Amazon Warriors
It is time for St Lucia Stars to settle scores of a three-run defeat against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their reverse fixture.
St Lucia Stars will lock horns against the top seated Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Stars were finally able to break their 15-match losing streak. However, they got skittled out for 69 in the last match and would hope to recover strongly from the debacle.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors are comfortably seated at the top of the points table with six points from four matches. They have managed to win three, while losing one. Although it is early days, the Warriors are one of the teams in contention for the title.
On the contrary, St Lucia Stars are holding on by the skin of their teeth and their chances of qualifying to the next round would be all but gone if they fail to clinch this match. For the Warriors, young Shimron Hetmyer has been in tremendous form as he blasted a 49-ball century in a recent encounter.
Shoaib Malik is also acting as a perfect foil for their batting order and his experience is coming in handy. Malik is letting other players bat around him. Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi are the other two pillars of the Warriors batting lineup. Riyad Emrit and particularly Imran Tahir have been very good with the ball and would shoulder the responsibility of the attack.
The St Lucia Stars on the other hand, have played some decent cricket in patches but have allowed the matches to slip from their hand in crucial situations. Skipper Kieron Pollard is among the leading run scorers of the tournament with 243 runs. David Warner and Andre Fletcher have also shown signs of coming back to form in the last encounter and if all three click at the same time, it would be very difficult for any opposition.
Mitchell McClenaghan has taken highest wickets for the team while Qais Ahmed has not only stemmed the flow of runs but also broken through the opposition batting line up. These two would be critical if St Lucia Stars have to beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors and in turn stay alive in the tournament.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Guyana Amazon Warriors - Shoaib Malik (C), Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Mohammed, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Rayad Emrit, Devendra Bishoo, Imran Tahir, Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi, Shimron Hetmyer
St Lucia Stars - Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall, Lendl Simmons
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Guyana Amazon Warriors
Head to Head – Matches 10, Guyana Amazon Warriors 7, St Lucia Stars 3
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Andre Fletcher (St Lucia Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imran Tahir (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Kesrick Williams (St Lucia Stars)
Most Sixes – Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Kieron Pollard (St Lucia Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Guyana Amazon Warriors 180+, St Lucia Stars 170+
*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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