- Guyana Amazon Warriors have a superior batting lineup in comparison to Barbados Tridents
- Brandon King and Shoaib Malik have scored consistently scored runs for the side this season
- Tridents look heavily reliant on their in-form opener Johnson Charles to deliver the bulk of the runs. The others will need to raise their game if Tridents aim to clinch their second title
Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents to battle in mouth-watering CPL final.
After 40 days of continuous action of the round-robin stage, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents battle it out in the finals of 2019 Caribbean Premier League at Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad on Saturday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have played exceedingly well in this year’s tournament. Shoaib Malik-led unit have managed to register 11 wins in a row and would be determined to break their trophy drought in this grand finale. The side will be looking to produce a pitch-perfect performance in order to win their maiden crown against Barbados Tridents.
On the other hand, Barbados Tridents managed to eke out a close win over Trinbago Knight Riders to qualify for the finals of the competition. Jason Holder and co. will be hoping that the premier players can deliver the goods in this grand finale.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS
Guyana Amazon Warriors will need to guard against any sort of complacency and will be keen to produce their best cricket with bat and ball in this final. In the Qualifier 1 game, Guyana Amazon Warriors registered a comfortable win over Barbados Tridents, courtesy blazing 132 runs from Brandon King. The team management will be looking to going into this game with unchanged side.
In this final, the responsibility will be on the likes of rookie opener Brandon King, Captain Shoaib Malik and Chandrapaul Hemraj to score the bulk of the runs for the team. Opener Brandon King is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 453 runs in 11 innings at an average of 56.62 and with a strike rate of 151.00, which included one century and three centuries. In the previous game, he delivered a scintillating hundred to help Guyana comfortably brush aside Barbados.
On the bowling front, Guyana Amazon Warriors have shown that they have one of the most disciplined bowling attacks in the competition, especially in the presence of spinners like Imran Tahir and Chris Green.
Jason Holder-led unit managed to deliver a clinical bowling performance to see Barbados Tridents register 12-run win over Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 game. The team management will be concerned over the fitness of middle-order batsman JP Duminy, who was forced to retire during the innings in the previous game. If Duminy fails to clear the fitness test, Leniko Boucher might be slotted into the playing XI for the grand finale.
Veteran opening batsman Johnson Charles has been a consistent performer for the side at the top of innings this season. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 376 runs in 12 outings at an average of 31.33, which included three half-centuries.
Looking at the bowling, the side has been relying on the likes of Hayden Walsh and Jason Holder to make crucial breakthroughs. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh has done exceedingly well for the side this season. He currently has topped the bowling charts in the competition with 21 scalps in eight matches at a strike-rate of 28.50 and with an economy-rate of 4.68.
In the previous three games played both teams earlier in the competition, Guyana Amazon Warriors have ended on the winning side.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Chasing score in excess of 150 runs might be difficult as the surface will get sluggish in the second half of the innings. Spinners will play a huge role in the outcome of this final.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Traditionally, the surface at Brian Lara Cricket Stadium will provide a good contest between bat and ball. The batsmen will need to adjust to the conditions in order to produce a decent score on this surface. Due to dry weather expected for the game, the pitch will definitely provide more assistance to spinners rather than quick bowlers.
Based on current form, Guyana Amazon Warriors will be outright favorites to win this final against Barbados Tridents. The opening pair of Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj have consistently delivered runs for the side in this competition. Warriors have looked heavily reliant on their spinners to put the ultimate chokehold on the opposition batsmen and provide crucial breakthroughs.
On the other hand, Barbados Tridents will need to deliver something special with the bat in order to upstage Guyana Amazon Warriors in this contest. Expect Guyana Amazon Warriors to lift their maiden CPL title.