Date & Time: Sunday, October 13, 02:30 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad, West Indies
Can Barbados overcome Guyana in their fourth and final attempt?
It’s time for the mega final of CPL as Guyana Amazon Warriors take on Barbados Tridents for the fourth time in the season. The finalists have finished as the two best sides in the league phase. Although teams may have finished at No.1 & 2 in the points table, the gulf between these two sides is unmatched as Guyana was unbeaten in the season by winning 11 matches in a row. On the flip side, Barbados have dragged themselves into the playoffs in the second half of the season. But the form of the core all-rounder group has been an area of concern in the last couple of matches which could well be the decisive factor in the final if they don’t find form. For Guyana, there isn’t anything to ponder about as they come with an all-round performance in the season.
Guyana may consider bringing in Ben Laughlin in place of Odean Smith. Other than that they are likely to be unchanged. Barbados hopes Duminy who was injured in the Qualifier-2, will be fit to play the final. If he is not fit to play Justin Graves is likely to replace him.
The surface at Brian Lara Stadium has produced enough assistance for spinners in the Qualifier-2 and likely to remain that way for the all-important final. The forecast is good for today, unlike the other day.
The Warriors’ captain has been the most consistent batsman in the middle order. He also has been handy with his off-breaks in the second half of the season which added the much-needed depth for Warriors in the side. He has an MDTA of 1.22 and PPM over 55 in the season.
Shakib Al Hasan
He was one of the main reasons for Barbados’ turn around in the second half of the season but his form has been a concern in the last couple of games. Although Barbados hopes he will be back to his best in the all-important game of the tournament.
He has become the most trusted player for Guyana in the second half of the season where he came up with a few handy overs adding to his decent form with the bat. He has a PPM of nearly 50 and has an MDTA 1.3 in the season.
He has been the most underrated batsman of the season but he is at No.3 in the leading run-scorers of the season. His form at the top didn’t uncover the poor form of other top-order batsmen. He has a PPM of over 50 in the season and he has five 30+ scores in the last 7 matches.
Apart from a match, he has chipped in with at least 2 tickets in every match in the season. His unstoppable form is one of the reasons for Guyana’s unbeaten record. He has a PPM of over 55 and an MDTA of 1.14 in the season.
He is the most consistent bowler of the season with 21 wickets from 8 matches. He picked at least a couple of wickets in each match which provided dividends for Barbados. He has PPM of over 75 and an MDTA of 1.
He may be the leading run-scorer of the season but it has been all or nothing from him as he scored big or got out for a low score. But the very nature is what turned the matches for Guyana in the season. He has a PPM of nearly 60 and an MDTA of 1.57 in the season.