Date & Time: Monday, October 07, 01:00 IST
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana, West Indies
Will Barbados end Guyana’s unbeaten streak?
Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents face off each other in the first Qualifier of Sunday’s doubleheader in the CPL. The contest is between the No.1 and No.2 teams of the league phase but Guyana has been the team apart from the rest, by winning all the 10 matches. The next best is Barbados with 5 wins which itself tells a story. Although when it comes to the strength of the team, Barbados is well-matched with Guyana, as they are boosted with few star overseas players at the back end of the season. But the question is, can they stop the consistent Guyana as Barbados has been hot and cold in the season?
Romario Shepherd who missed the last match, is likely to replace Odean Smith for the Warriors. Barbados is likely to stick with the Playing XI of their last match.
The surface in Guyana may have been dominated by spin but batsmen too enjoyed their time here with relatively short boundaries. The average score of teams that bat first at this venue has been around 155.
Shakib Al Hasan
He has lived up to his expectations on him in the three matches played so far. He has a PPM of 74 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour which makes him an irresistible player to have in the team.
He has been one of the finds of the season for Guyana. In the first few matches, he was pretty cautious with his approach but once he read the pace of the format, he has been phenomenal. Adding to his batting credentials he is also proving to be handy with his part-time spin.
He is the leading run-scorer for Guyana in the season and has provided the team with solid starts most of the time. In the last 5 matches, he has a PPM of 66 and an MDTA of 1.25.
The Guyana skipper has come up with all-round performances which proved vital for the side. His performance with the bat has certainly made the difference for the side in the middle order. In the tour, has a PPM of 53.8 and an MDTA of 1.25
Apart from the last match where he went wicketless, he has chipped in with a couple of wickets in every match that he has played prior to it. It might be due to batsmen playing him safe, but he is too good a bowler to bounce back and break through the defense. He has a PPM of 57 and an MDTA of 1.17.
The young leg-spinner has certainly outclassed Tahir in the season. He is definitely the find of the tournament who is leading the wicket charts. He has an outstanding PPM of 85 and an MDTA of 1 in the 6 matches played.