Guyana Amazon Warriors (GUY) will take on defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the opening match of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis on Thursday, August 26.
Led by Kieron Pollard, Knight Riders defeated St Lucia Zouks in last year’s final to win their fourth CPL title. TKR, being the most successful team in the history of the tournament, will look to continue their dominance in the upcoming edition.
On the other hand, Guyana Amazon Warriors have made it to the final on five occasions. However, they have ended on the wrong side of the result in each of their five CPL T20 finals.
With Nicholas Pooran replacing Chris Green as the new Guyana Amazon Warriors, the five-time runner-ups will hope they can lift their maiden CPL title this time around.
GUY vs TKR Dream11 prediction
Trinbago Knight Riders remained unbeaten in the last edition of CPL T20 as they secured their fourth title. The Kieron Pollard-led side defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in both the matches that they played in CPL 2020. Going by squad composition and confidence, TKR will start as favourites against GUY in the opening clash of CPL 2021 on Thursday.
GUY vs TKR Dream11 team tips for Caribbean Premier League 2021
Top Tip: Best batsman
Trinbago Knight Riders’ Lendl Simmons will be the batsman to watch out for in the CPL 2021 opener. The 36-year-old has been the leading run-scorer in the history of the Caribbean Premier League, amassing 2436 runs in 82 matches at a decent average of 33.83. Simmons also played a pivotal role in TKR’s title-winning campaign last year as he ended as the highest run-getter in CPL 2020 with 356 runs at an average of 39.55.
Top Tip: Best bowler
TKR’s Sunil Narine is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament’s history. The mystery spinner has picked 78 wickets in 76 matches at an economy of 5.45. In CPL 2020, the 33-year-old bagged six wickets in five matches at an economy rate of just 4.55. Narine could once again trouble Guyana’s batting line-up.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking TKR captain Kieron Pollard in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. Pollard was in sensational form last year, scoring 207 runs in seven innings at a staggering strike rate of 204.95 while also maintaining an impressive average of 51.75. The West Indies T20I captain also picked eight wickets at an economy of 7.55.
For the wicket-keeper slot, one must pick Guyana captain Nicholas Pooran over TKR’s Denesh Ramdin due to his match-winning capabilities with the bat. Pooran was the fifth-highest run-getter in CPL 2020, accumulating 245 runs in 11 matches including one swashbuckling hundred. Meanwhile, Ramdin scored 170 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 97.14.
GUY vs TKR probable playing XI
GUY playing XI (probable): Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Mohammad Hafeez, Nicholas Pooran (captain/wicket-keeper), Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair, Odean Smith/Nial Smith, Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir
TKR playing XI (probable): Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (captain), Denesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper), Isuru Udana, Yasir Shah, Khary Pierre, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan
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