Guyana Amazon Warriors
Fouth-placed Guyana face third-place St Lucia in this battle of mid-table sides. While there is little gap between the two, Guyana would want this victory more as they have played a match more (7) and after this one, they’d have just two more left in the round-robin stage. Thus, any more slips could prove to be fatal.
Guyana’s problem over their last five matches has been consistency. They’ve been alternating victories and defeats, never stringing together a run of decent results, which is why they find themselves in this position where they are neither bad, nor good but solidly average.
In their last game, they got bundled out for 140 in pursuit of a steep 186-run target, which is understandable. But what wasn’t understandable was their meek 98-run output a match ago against St Lucia when chasing just 150.
Around those defeats, they won some but as explained, the consistency in effort is just not there.
The main disappointment in batting have been the form of their uber experienced Pakistani veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik – the former of whom has found runs but at a snail’s pace while the latter hasn’t even found his footing, let alone any runs.
St Lucia Kings
If St Lucia win this game and things go their way in the other CPL fixture tonight, they could be the new league leaders tomorrow.
Last year’s losing finalists started this year’s campaign by losing two of their opening three matches but have since put together a run of three straight wins.
Both their bowlers and batters have clicked during this sequence. Roston Chase, in particular, has been incredible over these three games, contributing scores of 85, 64* and 51*.
Faf du Plessis has also found runs, while bowling has been a team effort, although Jeavor Royal has played a prominent role.
In all, things are looking up for the Kings, who can dream of their maiden CPL title, if their form continues to hold up.