Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana Amazon Warriors sit at the centre of the CPL 2021 points table, with two wins and just as many defeats after their opening four fixtures.
After starting the tournament with an upset win over Trinbago, they lost two straight to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots before bouncing back last night with another win over Trinbago, albeit a very close one.
After the low scoring match finished in a tie (both teams scored 138 apiece), it came down to a Super Over, which was also just as low scoring as the 40 overs before. The Warriors only managed six runs batting first but the Knight Riders couldn’t even get to that, falling two runs short, which should tell you everything about the state of pitch, conditions as well as suffocative bowling.
While the win is a win, the way it was secured would do little to ease Guyana’s concerns. Their batting hasn’t clicket at all and their batters are struggling to score runs quickly – a fact proven by this stat: Mohammad Hafeez took 30 ball for his 16 last night as he scored at a Test-level strike rate of 53.33. Nothing more needs to be said.
St Lucia Kings
St Lucia Kings are dead last on the CPL points table, although they’ve played at least a match less than everyone and can quickly climb up the table with just a few good results.
They have, however, lost two of their three matches. After a heavy defeat to Jamaica to start the tournament with, they defeated Trinbago by a slim margin before being beaten by the same opponents a few days later.
As is the problem with most teams in the competition, St Lucia’s batters are underperforming. Apart from Andre Fletcher up the order and Tim David below, no other batsman has caught the eye over their first three fixtures.
Skipper Faf du Plessis has been a notable failure over this sequence and needs to deliver big and soon.