With three wins from six games, Guyana Amazon Warriors slipped from the top half to the bottom half of the table as the Caribbean Premier League approaches its twilight phase. On the other hand, Barbados Royals have been caught napping with a solitary win from six matches and have found runs hard to come by from their established superstars. On Sunday, both sides had to battle hard with the Warriors emerging victorious. The repeat encounter will have as much stake for the Warriors to rise to the top half of the table as it will be for the Royals to salvage some pride.
Overall matches - Played 18 | Barbados W5 | Guyana W13
Last 5 matches - Barbados W1 | Guayana W4
The positive about having only one stadium to play all your matches is that it evens out a lot of variables. Both Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Royals have been pretty acquainted with the venue, with the pacers ruling the roost here. The venue offers disproportionate assistance to teams batting second, with teams posting an average first innings score of 164 in the last three years. Pacers have been the dominant entity this year, picking 68.7% of the total wickets and bowled as many as 61.3 % of overs. They have been slightly less economical too.
While you can go for the above XI, you also have the option of choosing your own team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Based on your preferences, the platform will guide you to create the ideal fantasy XI.
Chandrapaul Hemraj hit an unbeaten century against the Royals in the first round encounter and has given a framework of his ability. He has been one of the consistent run-scorers in the CPL and West Indies domestic cricket over the last couple of years, which makes him an ideal candidate for the Captaincy role in our Fantasy XI.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Hemraj to score 36-54 runs
Glenn Phillips averages 34.55 in 45 CPL matches and despite averaging 25.6 this time around, he is in some form since the start of the year. In 2021 alone, Phillips has played 41 T20s with an average of 36.81 and a strike rate of 152.8. He has eight fifty-plus scores in that time period.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Phillps to score 13-19 runs
Romario Shepherd has taken the CPL by storm by claiming 11 wickets already at an average of 8.45. He has been excellent for Guyana Amazon Warriors and helped them win many matches single-handedly. You can definitely hope to see him succeed in the repeat encounter.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Hemraj to pick 2-3 wickets
Here are the top-11 picks as per Criclytics projected points –
Barbados Royals: Thisara Perera, Mohammad Amir, Jason Holder (C), Johnson Charles, Ashley Nurse, Azam Khan, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh, Shai Hope (Wk), Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Tahir, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Nicholas Pooran (C) (Wk), Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Naveen-ul-Haq, Romario Shepherd, Ashmead Nedd