– Guyana can gain ground
– Steyn on a spinning deck…
– Faf’s Patriots need points
This weekend sees just two Caribbean Premier League matches played, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, and both are hosted by the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence Stadium. They take on the Jamaica Tallawahs and then the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, one of which will be more challenging than the other. Guyana are level on points with the
Tallawahs at the time of writing, top of the table, so these two games could open a nice gap if they get all four points of offer. To defeat the Tallawahs, the Warriors will have to defeat Chris Gayle, who already has a century in this CPL edition. Guyana’s bowling attack is okay…
Adam Zampa is their best bowler. But that’s probably a good thing on this deck. Aussie spinner Zampa impressed in the recent tri-series at the same ground, and with the track spinning like a top, he will be key for the hosts. One bowler who won’t be thrilled is Tallawahs paceman Dale Steyn.
Steyn endured a torrid time in the week, going for 56 runs in four overs against the Trinbago Knight Riders, and he’ll be relieved to be on Gayle’s team, rather than bowling to him. The Sunday game sees Faf du Plessis’ Patriots visit, and they will be eager to add to the win column after a poor start to the tournament. They lost their first two matches, before bouncing back to beat the Zouks on the weekend. They boast, aside from Du Plessis, big-hitter Carlos Brathwaite and Lendl Simmons, but their strength is in spin. Samuel Badree and Tabraiz Shamsi will be keen to extract as much turn as they can to combat the likes of Martin Guptill.