Finding TKR’s weakness crucial as semi-finals loom

first_imgBy Clifton Ross The Guyana Amazon Warriors will be keen on perfecting the necessary tactics needed to capture this year’s title, but with the possibility of facing the red-hot Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) again in the semis or more importantly in this year’s finals.Warriors will likely be aware of any of their semi-finals opponents, having either lost or beaten them, or experiencing both results since action started in the Bubble.Chris Green and his men have been through alot this year, but their die-hard approach to winning the CPL championship has persevered and they now await their next challenge and possibly the most crucial to date.One team in particular could easily face the Warriors, TKR who have been on a roll, winning all their matches to sit at the number one spot.No team has managed to find TKR’s weakness and as a result they have run roughshod over the competition, taking obvious advantage of their home conditions as well as their knowledge of Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval.Should the Warriors face off with TKR, they will have to find what no team has found yet, the Achilles Heel. Kieron Pollard has been on another level as a captain while his prowess as a T20 marquée player has so far reflected in a few of his top innings this season.Some could say that the Warriors world-class lot of bowlers led by leg-spinner Imran Tahir has somewhat boosted the efforts of their batters, who apart from leading run-scorer Shimron Hetmyer had a late start to what turned out to be a solid campaign.The home team had won 10 straight matches on trod, a feat which the Warriors managed last season after winning all their preliminary games. If these two sides meet in either the semis or the finals, Guyana will need to check all their boxes.Any of the teams who advance to semi-finalis and managed to TKR will have to overcome facing arguably the most gelled franchise in the Bubble.However, the Warriors have shown immense adaptability to the conditions in Trinidad, barring the home team. Batting will play a role against the Riders due to the success of the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Kharry Pierre, Sunil Narine and others in the spin department.Imran Tahir will relish this challenge against such in-form opponents should they meet in future, further establishing himself as the leading bowler in the tournament by time this season culminates.Barring Guyana, no other franchise seems likely equipped for a possible tussle against TKR in either the semis or finals.It could be argued that Kieron Pollard and his men might make it all the way and possibly choke in the match the counts but no team will want to risk the unbeaten side imploding after playing superbly, especially with one eye fixed on their 6th title.Should TKR be knocked out at some point over the next few days, then Chris Green and his men have a clearer path to securing the elusive title.Once the Warriors bypass their next match with ease and make it to the finals, then doubling up the efforts which took them from almost being out of the competition to being a few steps closer to finally breaking the jinx. -Warriors well-equipped for possible tussle against unbeaten home team last_img read more