After just over a month of competition, the Caribbean Premier League concludes with the final between the Barbados Tridents and the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
With silverware on the line, both teams will be desperate for one last victory in the showpiece game.
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Date: Saturday, August 16
Start time: 9 p.m. BST
Live on: BT Sport (UK), SonyMAX (India), Fox Sport (Australia), CBN (Some Caribbean Islands), SuperSport (South Africa), ESPN3 (USA).
Weather: According to Weather.com, it doesn’t look especially promising as there will be showers that are likely to hang around all day. Temperatures should peak around 28 degrees Celsius, but that will all be for nothing if it cannot stay dry.
These two teams finished in the top two of the regular season points table, level on points and only separated by net run-rate after a very close league campaign.
Barbados finished top—and secured an automatic place in the final—but they left it late to secure their position by winning their last game against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Tridents were one of four teams locked on 12 points, with that final defeat meaning the Tallawahs had to win two semi-finals to reach the final.
They won the first but then came up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and were defeated comfortably by 10 wickets.
Guyana bowled well to restrict the Tallawahs to 134-6, as a number of bowlers kept their economy rates below six runs per over.
The star man was Sunil Narine, who took 1-17 in his four overs, while Mohammad Hafeez, Krishmar Santokie and Jimmy Neesham also took one apiece.
In reply, Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill made short work of their target and sailed past it in only the 15th over.
Simmons finished on 71 not out while Guptill was unbeaten on 66, having both peppered the boundaries and a run-rate of 9.30 runs per over.
That result, coupled with the Tridents’ strong form, means that this final match should be a tough showpiece game as both teams fight for the title.
Barbados Tridents (from): Kieron Pollard (capt), Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Kirk Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Neil McKenzie, Kyle Mayers, Jeevan Mendis, Ashley Nurse, William Perkins, Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer, Shoaib Malik and Dwayne Smith.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (from): Sunil Narine, Mohammad Hafeez, Denesh Ramdin (capt), Veerasammy Permaul, Christopher Barnwell, Lendl Simmons, Martin Guptill, Krishmar Santokie, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Corey Anderson, Navin Stewart, Leon Johnson and Robin Bacchus.
Still one of the best Twenty20 players in the world, Kieron Pollard will need to be right on his game if Barbados are to be successful.
With his aggressive hitting and canny medium-pace bowling, the Tridents captain has plenty on his plate and will be determined to have a positive impact.
Sunil Narine will be crucial for Guyana if they are to be victorious.
One of the better spinners in the game, Narine will want to strangle the opposition batsmen with his bowling and help lead the Amazon Warriors to the win.
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