It’s a battle for top spot on the CPL table, the Knight Riders are currently sitting on top with one single point separating the two teams. It must be said that this match will almost certainly be decided by the batting in both sides, this contest promises to be an entertaining one!
It was a batting onslaught from the opening combination of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis for the Patriots, an opening partnership of 110 runs between the two had the Tallawahs on the back-foot from the word go. Gayle’s 71 off 55 deliveries and Lewis’s 69 off just 39 deliveries played a huge part in the Patriots winning outcome, Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi were able to finish strongly which proved to be the icing on the cake. It’s a huge advantage to have a batting line-up that can be swapped around to their liking, Jonathan Carter batted as low as No. 7 against Jamaica which entitles the batsmen above him to go hard early in the innings. The Patriots have also maintained the selection of Shamarh Brooks who scored a well-constructed 37 in the absence of Evin Lewis at the top of the order, he’s currently listed in the middle-order but has not been required in St Kitts & Nevis’s past two outings which included a washed out result. It will be interesting to see if the Patriots highly attacking batting line-up can match it with arguably the best bowling attack in the competition being the Knight Riders, they can’t afford to slog out and lose wickets early which Gayle and Lewis have been known to do in the past. Losing Pakistani-duo Hasan Ali and Mohammad Hafeez has slightly weakened the bowling department in terms of wicket taking ability, but they still have the consistent Samuel Badree along with Tabraiz Shamsi who picked up his best figures of the tournament just recently (3/35) as well as the two all rounders Mohammad Nabi and Carlos Brathwaite. Australian veteran seamer Ben Hilfenhaus made his first appearance for the tournament, unfortunately it wasn’t a good one finishing with figures of 0/40 off his four overs. The Patriots only loss of the tournament this year happened to be against Trinbago in match 13, tomorrow could be a different story though.
Trinbago have managed to maintain their winning ways and haven’t dropped off one bit so far which is definitely a threatening aspect for opposition teams to be wary of. New Zealand superstar Brendon McCullum produced his first major score since the very-first game against St Lucia, ending his dry spell with the bat with a match-winning 65 runs off 45 deliveries. McCullum’s return to form came just at the right time with the playoffs rapidly approaching, hopefully that’s the end of a horrid run that spanned across five matches for the six-hitting machine. Sunil Narine’s pinch hitting at the top of the order has added an element of unpredictability to the team, but his bowling has been as reliable as ever with the Trinbago star having a major impact on restricting opposition batsmen at crucial stages in the innings as well as picking up wickets along the way. ‘Baz’ is potentially the most important player heading into the CPL playoffs, but Colin Munro can be just as influential with his aggressive hitting at No. 3 making him a regular in this franchise. Munro has also been more consistent than McCullum in this years CPL, he’s managed to score four 30+ scores compared to McCullum’s two. You have to take the good with the bad with these two, you’d sacrifice consistency over these two explosive hitters every day of the week if you’re looking for an edge over the opposition. As mentioned above, their bowing is just as dangerous as their batting when fully functioning to maximum potential with the likes of Kevon Cooper, Dwayne Bravo and Ronsford Beaton working alongside Sunil Narine, all four bowlers have a tendency to produce star-studded performances when required.
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts & Nevis Patriots | 22nd match | Basseterre
- Evin Lewis
- Chris Gayle
- Samuel Badree
- Mohammad Nabi
- Tabraiz Shamsi
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | 22nd match | Basseterre
- Sunil Narine
- Colin Munro
- Brendon McCullum
- Dwayne Bravo
- Ronsford Beaton
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle (c) 2. Evin Lewis 3. Brandon King 4. Mohammad Nabi 5. Carlos Brathwaite 6. Shamarh Brooks 7. Jonathan Carter 8. Devon Thomas (wk) 9. Ben Hilfenhaus/Sheldon Cottrell 10. Samuel Badree 11. Tabraiz Shamsi.
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Sunil Narine 2. Brendon McCullum 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Dwayne Bravo (c) 7. Robbie Frylinck 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles 9. Khary Pierre 10. Nikita Miller/Kevon Cooper 11. Ronsford Beaton.