GUY vs STL: The Caribbean Premier League is up & running. The 1st game saw the Trinbago Knight Riders beat St. Kitts by 11 runs. The action now moves to Guyana for the 2nd fixture where last year’s runners-up take on the St. Lucia Zouks. Guayana’s geographical location might still remain a conundrum but there’s no uncertainty regarding their T20 side. They’ve got some world-beaters in their ranks. Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmeyer, Nicholas Pooran(who’s moved from Barbados), Shadab Khan, Imran Tahir & Sherfane Rutherford, to name a few.
St.Lucia Zouks will make a return to the Caribbean Premier League replacing the St. Lucia Stars in the 2019 season. Zouks was the name of the franchise when the league first began but in 2016, it was changed to Stars. The Zouks this year, will miss the services of Lasith Malinga & Niroshan Dickwella. However, they have acquired the likes of Colin de Grandhomme, Najibullah Zadran & the impressive Hardus Viljoen. Fawad Ahmed has been drafted to St. Lucia. The 37-year-old was the highest wicket-taker in CPL 2018 for the Trinbago Knight Riders.
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When: 6th September 2019, Friday
Kick-Off Time: 3:30 AM, IST
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana
The average score at this venue in the year 2018 was 159. The teams batting 2nd won 5 out of the 7 games & the trend is likely to continue this year as well. Win the toss & field first. In the 2018 CPL, scores over 160+ were successfully chased at this ground. How will this game pan out? There’s a plethora of big-hitting talent waiting to take the field & massive hits over the boundary rope are almost a given.
For St. Lucia, Colin de Grandhomme won’t be available for this fixture. The all-rounder is smashing the leather of the ball against the Lankans.
Qais Ahmed has been included in the Afghanistan squad to take on the Bangla boys. The leggie won’t be available for the Guyana Warriors.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI FOR GUY vs STL
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Shoaib Malik, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ben Laughlin, Imran Tahir.
St. Lucia Zouks
Andre Fletcher, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre McCarthy, Najibullah Zadran, Daren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Hardus Viljoen, Fawad Ahmed, Krishmar Santokie, Kesrick Williams.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Hardus Viljoen(St.Lucia) – The South African pacer has been in fine form with the ball in the Vitality Blast. Viljoen picked 18 wickets in 12 games for Kent & will look to continue his fine rhythm.
Nicholas Pooran(Guyana) – There are very few players in world cricket who can strike the ball as cleanly as Pooran. The 22-year-old was in scintillating form in the recently concluded World Cup & will be the player to watch out for the tournament. His strike-rate in T20s, a colossal 143.24. He’s an absolute must in your FanFight XI.
Fawad Ahmed(St.Lucia) – Ahmed was the leading wicket-taker in the CPL 2018 & has been drafted to St. Lucia from Trinbago Knight Riders. Ahmed had a mediocre run in the Global T20 League but the leggie will always be a force to reckon with.
Imran Tahir(Guyana) – As extravagant as his celebrations are, Tahir’s dexterity with the ball can’t be undermined. At 40 years & 162 days, Tahir is one of the finest tweakers in the world. The leggie will be against some quality batsmen, but his quality will be there for everyone to see. Tahir has picked 322 T20 wickets at an economy of 7.09. Not bad for a spinner. And, watch out for those sprints after he gets a wicket.
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