At Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, the 2020 Caribbean Premier League starts in style as the two favourites of the tournament – Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors – go head-to-head in the opening match.
Trinbago Knight Riders, 2015, 2017 and 2018 winners, had finished third last season. They lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors both group games, and eventually succumbed to Barbados Tridents in the play-off. Previously they had defeated the Amazon Warriors in the final in 2018. Nonetheless, with a healthy roster and key players back in contention after injury-ravaged 2019 campaigns, they enter the tournament this year as joint-favourites.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have never won the CPL but have finished in both of the last two seasons as runners-ups and five out of seven in total. They are playing without captain Shoaib Malik but some of the key players from last season remain – Chandrapaul Hemraj shone against the Knight Riders in both wins, while Brandon King was the top run-scorer of the tournament.
Tarouba's early morning weather outlook isn't good-isolated thunderstorms are expected with a 50%chance of rain.
The wicket from the Brian Lara Cricket Academy is usually used for the finals, and the pattern of well-balanced pitches between bat and ball persisted in last year's final.
Probable Playing XIs:
Trinbago Knight Riders
Kieron Pollard (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Fawad Ahmed, Ali Khan, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Nicholas Pooran (wk), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Ross Taylor, Sherfane Rutherford, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir, Chris Green
Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Dream 11:
Sunil Narine (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Ali Khan, Khary Pierre
Trinbago Knight Riders are favourites to defeat Guyana Amazon Warriors, but both teams are stacked with talent and among the tournament favourites. Nonetheless, Shoaib Malik could be a big miss for Guyana, and the Knight Riders will continue with a win. Let’s support your favourite cricket team now at baji.live!