It has been a season to remember for the Barbados Royals, whose only defeat so far came against Jamaica Tallawahs, that too in a rain-affected match. And even with the departure of two of their main players in David Miller and Quinton de Kock, the team has been well-balanced across departments with consistent performances. Kyle Mayers and Corbin Bosch continue to play the perfect all-rounders, Rahkeem Cornwall's role of an explosive opening batter gives the batting unit solidity at the top, Jason Holder's all-round capabilities make him the backbone of the middle order. As for the bowling, Obed McCoy remains the leader of the pace attack, while the arrival of Mujeeb Ur Rahman has strengthened the spin department.
As they gear up for their final league game, the Royals will hope to iron out any chinks in their armour and prepare for the playoffs.
CPL 2022: Match 30 - Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Royals
Providence Stadium, Guyana
7:00 PM local time
The last time both teams played against each other this season, the Royals registered a 29-run victory by the DLS method. They are also coming off a win in their previous game here, against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The Warriors are also in red-hot form, with three consecutive wins in their bag, all at their home ground. With 9 points to their name, they're placed 2nd on the points table. The Warriors also continue to lead the head-to-head tally, with 13 wins in 20 games, while the Royals have 7 victories.
Pace vs Spin at this venue in all T20s
The average first-innings score here has gone from 145/6 to 169/6 in the last 10 T20s, with captains choosing to bowl first after winning the toss. In the same number of T20s, fast bowlers have dominated with 48 wickets in 18 innings, making this the perfect ground for an evenly-contested encounter.
In the spotlight: Azam Khan
With his 42-ball 64, the swashbuckling batter was at the centre of attention in the last match against the Patriots. Once the Royals openers were back in the hut, Azam Khan walked in to rebuild the innings. A cautious start was followed by a contrasting finish that saw him smashing 5 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of over 150. Azam's blazing knock and his partnership with Harry Tector was crucial to the team finishing with a challenging total on the board. All eyes will be on the stylish batter, who has scored more than 300 runs in the CPL.
- Obed McCoy needs 1 for 100 T20 wickets
- Jason Holder is 5 short of 100 sixes in T20s