Date & Time: Thursday, September 03, 03:00 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad, Tarouba, West Indies
St Lucia Zouks and Guyana Amazon Warriors which are at No 2 & 3 positions in the points table with 5 and 4 wins respectively clash off in the second match of Wednesday. The Zouks are certain of a top 4 finish and the Warriors need at least another victory in the remaining two games to find a place in the semifinals. When these two sides met earlier in the season the Zouks came on top in a low scoring affair. Now it’s time for Guyana to give it back to Zouks but in order to do that the Warriors who have surplus left-handers need to handle the off-spin of Zouks.
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Ross Taylor, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Keemo Paul, Chris Green (c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir, Ashmead Nedd
Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Leniko Boucher, Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Javelle Glenn, Daren Sammy (c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan
Brian Lara Stadium has produced sporting games through the season by offering enough assistance for batsmen and bowlers. The average score in this season has been around 150. So expect another sporting game today.
The Afghani all-rounder has been the most consistent performer for Zouks in the season. He is the leading wicket-taker for the side and also among the top run-scorers for the side. His PPM of 72 and an MDTA of 1.17 makes him a must-have.
In the last two games, he has flown under the radar after a couple of match winning performances. When these two sides met earlier in the season he has been the top scorer of the match. This time around we expect a wicket or two from him, as well.
The veteran spinner may have gone without a wicket in the last couple of games but we expect him to back among the wickets given his form in the CPL. He has also been the top wicket-taker when these two sides met earlier in the season.
He is one of those players who can play a game-changing knock or would get out for a low score. His performance in this tour is a clear reflection of it. In this match, he has the added challenge to cope up with the off-spin barrage. Hence we dropped him from consideration for Captain or Vice-captain in this match.
Sometimes he will be the top wicket-taker of the match another times he would be the most expensive bowler of the match. So it’s risky to have him in the SL team in this match given the presence of other surplus reliable bowlers.