The CPL playoffs begin tonight as the Jamaica Tallawahs take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors with a place in the final up for grabs. Who will emerge victorious in St.Kitts? Which players will lead your fantasy teams to glory? Daily Fantasy Focus has the answers.
The playoffs are here and now the business end of the CPL 2016 really begins. After topping the group stages, Guyana will feel confident of securing the win they need to reach the final, but they’ll still be wary of a dangerous Jamaica batting line up capable of winning on any night.
For the Warriors, PlayON favourite Chris Lynn may hold the key to a win. The big hitting Australian led his side with 398 runs – the second most in the competition. He also finished second with 24 sixes, and will have the motivation of going against his former side to spur him on this evening.
The performance of Jason Mohammed will also be key. The middle-order batter has been dismissed just four times in ten innings on the way to an average of 68.5 in the group stages.
When it comes time to bowl, the duo of Sohail Tanvir (18 wickets) and Adam Zampa (14) are the players Jamaica must be wary of. No other pair has combined for as many wickets during the competition. Rayad Emrit (12) has ably backed up the two bowlers with some excellent support spells.
The Tallawahs hopes rest with the pair of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, with the performances of Gayle particularly vital to success. As usual, he leads the competition with 27 Hero Maximums and scored his 303 runs (5th) at a strike rate of 165 during the group stages.
Russell hasn’t been at his best during the competition, but the absence of Dale Steyn means his bowling will be needed more than ever in this semi-final. His spell of 4/23 against Trinbago showed he’s more than capable of stepping up. Shakib Al Hasan is another who needs to step it up in the bowling department. The all-rounder has so far flourished more with bat than ball during the competition.
The loss of Steyn has been too much for Jamaica to overcome so far, and it’s hard to see that changing tonight. Only a magical innings from the world boss seems likely to stop the Warriors from reaching the final. However, it would be foolish to completely write that off as we’ve seen Gayle step up time and time again.