Match Preview Guyana Warriors vs Barbados Royals Match 23 CPL 2023
In the pulsating clash set to unfold in Tarouba, Trinidad, on Sunday, September 10th, the stage is set for the table-topping Guyana Amazon Warriors (GUY) to take on the spirited Barbados Royals (BR) in the 23rd match of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023.
Guyana has been an unstoppable force this season, having played just five games, with not a single loss to their name. With four wins under their belt and one game ending in a No Result, they’re a team to reckon with. The young Pakistani sensation, Saim Ayub, has been their standout performer, amassing 145 runs in five games at an impressive average of 36.25 and a fiery strike rate of 151.04. On the bowling front, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie has been the pick of the lot, scalping seven wickets at an average of 15.86. Imran Tahir’s squad rides high on a four-match winning streak and looks to extend their dominance in the games ahead.
In contrast, the Barbados Royals have played eight games, managing three wins, suffering four losses, and experiencing one No Result. Currently perched at the fourth position on the points table, Rovman Powell’s leadership is now facing a crucial juncture. The experienced Jason Holder has been their leading wicket-taker in the tournament, claiming 12 scalps at an average of 21. Meanwhile, the explosive Rahkeem Cornwall has been their top run-scorer, amassing 179 runs at an average of 29.83 and an astonishing strike rate of 186.46. The Royals, plagued by inconsistency, desperately need to string together a series of wins to keep their playoff hopes alive.
– **Tournament:** Caribbean Premier League 2023
– **Match:** Barbados Royals vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, Match 23
– **Venue:** Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
– **Date & Time:** Monday, September 10, 07:30 PM (IST)
– **Where to Watch Live:** Star Sports Network and FanCode
*Brian Lara Stadium Pitch Report:*
The pitch at the Brian Lara Stadium has historically favored the bowlers, particularly in the last edition of CPL. Teams batting first enjoyed success, with an average first innings score of just 139. Chasing has proven to be challenging, with the highest successful run chase being 117. Setting a target around 160 when batting first could provide a considerable advantage.
**Probable Playing XI:**
*Barbados Royals (BR):*
Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Laurie Evans, Alick Athanaze, Rovman Powell (c), Jason Holder, Rivaldo Clarke (wk), Nyeem Young, Roelof van der Merwe, Qais Ahmad, Obed McCoy
*Guyana Amazon Warriors (GUY):*
Saim Ayub, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Azam Khan (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Dwaine Pretorius, Gudakesh Motie, Imran Tahir (c), Odean Smith
**BR vs GUY Head-to-Head:**
Played – 22, Barbados Royals – 08, Guyana Amazon Warriors – 14
**Probable Top Performers of BR vs GUY:**
*Probable Best Batter of the Match*
– **Shai Hope (GUY):**
The 29-year-old, renowned for his ODI prowess, has been elevating his T20 game. So far in CPL 2023, Hope has notched up two crucial half-centuries. His role at No. 3 will be pivotal as Guyana aims to maintain their stronghold at the top of the points table.
– **Jason Holder (BR):**
The former West Indies captain has been in splendid form, providing key breakthroughs for his team. Bowling in the toughest overs, he has occasionally been costly. However, his ability to take wickets in clusters makes him a formidable opponent for any batting lineup.