Date & Time: Friday, August 28, 03:00 IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad, Port of Spain, West Indies
Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders face for the second time in the season after the opening match of the tournament. The Knight Riders have won the very opening match and they are the only team to be unbeaten in the tournament. Guyana, on the other hand, won two and lost three in the five matches that they have played so far. Batting has been a big concern for Warriors. Apart from Hetmyer no one stood out which has been their downfall so far in the tournament. That’s where Knight Riders have had an edge over their opponents so far. So it will be an uphill task for the Warriors to stop the table toppers.
Brandon King, Anthony Bramble (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ross Taylor, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Chris Green (c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir, Ashmead Nedd.
Lendl Simmons, Toin Webster/ Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Khary Pierre, Pravin Tambe, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed.
Queen’s Park Oval has been a tough place for batsmen as it has been on the slower side. Spinners and pacers with variations have had a good time in the season and historically as well.
He was rested for the last match but he is expected to be back in the side against strong Guyana. When these two met earlier in the season he had been destructive with both bat and ball in hand. So expect nothing different this time around as well.
The veteran spinner has been a consistent performer for Warriors in the tour where he has chipped in with a wicket or two in every match played so far. Given that he is bowling in crucial phases of an innings we expect a great performance from the leg spinner.
Alongside Narine, he has been a vital cog in the batting for Knight Riders. Apart from the last match, he has contributed in every match played so far. In today’s match, there is every chance he will be among the runs.
He operates in a crucial phase of an innings with the ball. The very aspect has brought the best and worst in him, where he has been among the wickets one-time to the most expensive bowler of the side on another time. But it’s worth taking risk considering he picks at least a wicket or two.