Preview: Defending champs Trinbago hold edge over inconsistent St Kitts
The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders match is scheduled on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 PM GST at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 is shaping up nicely at present with some thrilling games having already been played in the first few days itself. The first match of the tournament was played between the Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval. The Knight Riders won that home game by 11 runs.
The 14th match of CPL 2019 will see the two teams clashing once again; the return clash would be played in Warner Park, Basseterre. St Kitts would be looking for revenge this time round and have the best opportunity as they are playing at home.
However, at the time of writing, St Kitts have won just one game, lost three and are placed 4th on the points table. At the same time, defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders are off to a great start once again and have won all three of their matches. They are sitting pretty at the 2nd place in the points table at present.
Moreover, in the last 5 matches between the two sides St Kitts has won just once and lost on four instances. Thus, the stakes will be in favor of the Knight Riders when the two teams clash once again.
Trinbago captain Kieron Pollard has a solid team in his hands. The batting lineup is flourishing with captain Pollard leading the way with some vital performances along with the experienced wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin. Opener Lendl Simmons found great form in the team’s last game –a fluent 63 against St Lucia Zouks. The likes of James Neesham and Tion Webster provide further stability to the batting.
The team’s bowling has variety with lead spinner Sunil Narine causing trouble to all batsmen with his economic bowling. Young Pakistani pace sensation Mohammad Hasnain has been a brilliant addition to the Trinbago lineup and has been the most impressive bowler. St. Kitts will certainly have to watch out against him. The seam bowling of James Neesham could prove useful too in this game.
St Kitts, meanwhile, has a lot to sort out. Their batting is heavily dependent on openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis along with Laurie Evans. The others like Jason Mohammed, Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen and Shamarh Brooks would need to be step up against the Trinbago bowlers.Embed from Getty Images
Captain Carlos Brathwaite has been off-colour both with the bat and the ball so far. He would want Fabian Allen, Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell to continue their good form and restrict the strong Trinbago batting.
Prediction- St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders:
The pitch at Warner Park, Basseterre, is expected to be great for batting. The two matches on this venue this season have both been high-scoring. The match between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs here earlier in the season produced a whopping 483 runs in 38.5 overs. In fact, St Kitts now hold the record for second highest successful chase in T20 cricket after they hunted down a target of 242 with ease in the same game.
Hence, expect another good batting surface in the match between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The team batting first should score in excess of 180 runs. Chasing can be tough. But if the pitch holds then expect a combined total in excess of 360 runs in the game.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have been inconsistent and have a big challenge at hand. Trinbago Knight Riders, meanwhile, are in great form and are playing like true defending champions. They are hence the likely winners of this contest.