With this being an afternoon game, temperatures range from 30-32 degrees Celsius. There isn’t any threat of rain with partly cloudy conditions on offer. The wind is slated to blow from one end at 13 km/h while the cloud cover averages 46% throughout the game, according to AccuWeather
The pitch at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy is on the slower side with the spinners being the key on such surfaces. As many as 19 overs were bowled by spinners in the previous game between TKR and BT although there is some purchase for the pacers as well. Chasing would be the preferred option upon winning the toss.
Average first innings score:154 ( 7 CPL Matches at the Brian Lara Stadium)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
JP Duminy got retired hurt in the previous game and there is no update on his fitness yet ahead of the final.
Probable Playing XIs:
Guyana Amazon Warriors:
Chanderpaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik (C), Nicolas Pooran (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir, Odean Smith
Bench: Keegan Simmons, Ben Laughlin, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano
Alex Hales, Johnson Charles (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder (C), Hayden Walsh, Harry Gurney, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse
Although Shakib didn’t have the best of games against TKR, the Bangladesh all-rounder has ample experience to bank on for this marquee match. Shimron Hetmyer has only scored 215 runs this season but is a good player of spin. Against the likes of Walsh and Nurse, Hetmyer and his fellow team-mate, Chanderpaul Hemraj is a great option. With nearly 300 runs and a best of 3-15 with the ball, Hemraj is one to watch out for in Trinidad.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Brandon King, Shakib Al Hasan, Shimron Hetmyer