TRIDENTS LOOK TO REPLICATE OPENING WIN FROM 2018 VS GAW
Tue, 10th, Sep 2019
Barbados Tridents face the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the team they beat to win their first CPL Title in 2014. Though GAW have the upper hand in this fixture, winning seven out of their eleven encounters, it was square between the two in 2018, with both teams winning one each in their away fixtures.
But Providence Stadium has been a happy playing ground for The Tridents. They have won two of their three encounters at this venue. The last time these two teams played there, the Tridents won convincingly by 30 runs. In terms of totals, this ground is a low-scoring one compared to the other venues, the average first innings score here is just 136/7 in CPL.
The moment Tridents fans would be waiting for is to watch Alex Hales open their batting. The right-hander will land in the Caribbean after topping the charts for the Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the T20 Blast. The Englishman has an ODI century in West Indies and will look to deliver the runs in the Caribbean for the Tridents.
Opening with Hales will be wicket-keeper batsman Johnson Charles. He has a great record against Guyana Amazon Warriors scoring over 300 runs against them, including three fifties. His highest score in the CPL (94*) came against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2016.
Incidentally, Shai Hope, too has scored his career best, 88 off just 45 runs, against Guyana Amazon Warriors. It came in the same opening fixture for Barbados Tridents in the last CPL. Raymon Reifer was the other hero in that game, he ran through the Guyana batting order and ended up with his best figures in the CPL of 5/20.
Skipper Jason Holder will return to T20 cricket after having a decent outing for himself against India in the longer formats as he picked up six wickets in the last Test and eventually reached the milestone of 100 Test wickets.
The replacements for Pakistani internationals Wahab Riaz and Imad Wasim, Australian pacer Josh Lalor and South African all-rounder JP Duminy, are also expected to take their place in the XI. Lalor will be playing his CPL on the back of an impressive BBL 2018. He picked 20 wickets, finishing the tournament as the fourth highest wicket taker, and the highest for his team, the Brisbane Heat. Lalor and Holder will be leading the bowling attack alongside leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who will play his first game for the Tridents after plying for SKN Patriots in the 2018 edition.
Stats to watch out for
Alex Hales needs 75 runs to become the second Englishman to score 6000 runs in T20 cricket
Alex Hales needs 2 Catches for 100 Catches in T20s
Johnson Charles needs 1 Catches for 50 Catches in T20s
In the three innings Sandeep Lamichhane has bowled to Shoaib Malik in the CPL, he has dismissed him twice and the Guyana skipper has an average of 6 and a SR of 92 against the Nepalese leggie.