As it stands right now, it’s a three-way battle for second spot on the points table with the Patriots, Tallawahs and Tridents all in contention with plenty of games left in the tournament.
Currently perched just below the Trinbago Knight Riders, St Kitts & Nevis are currently the most-likely team who could challenge the Knight Riders for the title if the tournament ended now. We were luck enough to see this battle take place just recently, the Knight Riders coming out on top in the end with a four wicket victory. St Kitts & Nevis opener Evin Lewis was coming off a brilliant 92 against the Stars which built this contest up to even greater heights, to everyone’s surprise the man of the match did not feature on the team sheet which could only have dimmed the team morale. Lewis’s replacement Shamarh Brooks ended up top scoring for the Patriots with 37, but the innings itself was somewhat a let down with expectations sky-high between two top sides. Captain Chris Gayle’s sluggish-4 runs off 13 deliveries was painful to watch, eventually letting the frustration get to him & nervously prodding at a Sunil Narine delivery which saw him caught out. The most disappointing aspect of the Patriots innings was they couldn’t produce any individual brilliance that 99% of the time can be an absolute momentum shifter when attained. Both Shamarh Brooks and Jonathan Carter made decent starts, but both couldn’t go that extra-step further to convert it into a match winning knock. Like many of the Pakistani batsmen that have featured in the tournament, Mohammad Hafeez has been almost non-existent at the top of the order for the Patriots with a top score of 19 in his four appearances. Mohammad Nabi was once again the standout with the ball along with Samuel Badree, the pair picked up two wickets each which wasn’t enough to combat the Knight Riders batting depth that saw them home in the end.
The Barbados Tridents were just another one of the Knight Riders victims in their most recent encounter, if it wasn’t for a Sunil Narine boundary-hitting frenzy the Tridents may well have won the match. The good news is Shoaib Malik found some much-needed form with the bat and top scored with 51, the bad news is he’ll be departing shortly due to the request filed by the PCB. New Zealand’s most talented current day batsman Kane Williamson has looked out of sorts in the Caribbean, thankfully he’s been able to string some sort of consistency together with back-to-back 30+scores, but he’s so far from his best at the moment it’s ridiculous. The big-hitting Dwayne Smith hasn’t scored over 36 runs in a match so far which is a slight concern, a man that has been known for his devastating knocks in the past representing the Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions in the IPL has struggled to find his range so far in this years tournament. In the innings he has featured in, Kieron Pollard has been super-impressive with the bat. Before the Trinbago clash, Pollard was coming off back-to-back fifties against the Tallawahs (62) and Stars (83*), he was particularly impressive against St Lucia with his six sixes and five boundaries. South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell has found some consistency with the ball which is great, he’s picked up 3/28 & 2/26 in his past two outings. The omission of front-line seamer Ravi Rampaul was an interesting decision, while he hadn’t had much impact he still managed to pick up a couple wickets in his first two games before he was pushed aside. Tino Best came in for his first match and had an absolute shocker, conceding 22 runs off just 2.1 overs which might open the door again for Rampaul.
This is the calm before the storm so to speak, Chris Gayle v Kieron Pollard. Both are as damaging as each other on their day, Pollard has produced some exceptional knocks for the Tridents in the tournament already while Chris Gayle has only managed one standout performance with the willow for the Patriots so far. In saying that, Gayle’s scoring potential is through the roof which always sits in the back of your mind as an opposition bowler, it’s the unpredictability that makes him even more damaging.
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts & Nevis Patriots | 16th match | Basseterre
- Chris Gayle
- Mohammad Nabi
- Jonathan Carter
- Samuel Badree
- Evin Lewis
Top 5 fantasy picks | Barbados Tridents | 16th match | Basseterre
- Kieron Pollard
- Dwayne Smith
- Wayne Parnell
- Kane Williamson
- Shamar Springer
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Evin Lewis 2. Chris Gayle (c) 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Brandon King/Shamarh Brooks 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Carlos Brathwaite 7. Mohammad Nabi 8. Devon Thomas (wk) 9. Hasan Ali 10. Samuel Badree 11. Tabraiz Shamsi/Sheldon Cottrell.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Kane Williamson 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 5. Kieron Pollard (c) 6. Chris Barnwell 7. Wayne Parnell 8. Shamar Springer 9. Akeal Hosein/Imran Khan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Tino Best/Ravi Rampaul.