Another slow start to the CPL could spell trouble for Tridents
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
In a match that saw a record-breaking 483 runs scored between the Tallawahs and Patriots at Warner Park, it was St Kitts and Nevis who ended up winning the shootout as an energetic home crowd witnessed an epic run chase for the ages. The Patriots were in some real trouble at the innings break, Jamaica led by Chris Gayle who produced yet another T20 century lifted his team’s total to 241/4. Alzarri Joseph was the Patriots only bowler to have an economy under 10 runs, the 22-year-old was probably their best bowler ending with figures of 2/39. Star bowler Sheldon Cottrell was a surprise no-show, there’s been no update as to why he missed the Tallawahs game. With Cottrell likely to return despite no word on his fitness, that could potentially see Dominic Drakes make way. Pakistani spinner Usama Mir could also face the axe after conceding 33 runs in just two overs. Decisions, decisions, one things for sure and that’ll be to build on this winning-momentum. Wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas has been gradually making his way up the order in the tournament, he was pushed right to the top against Jamaica and didn’t disappoint. Scoring 62 & 71 in his past two CPL outings, Thomas looks in ominous touch regardless where he’s positioned. Power-hitting opener Evin Lewis also broke the record for the quickest CPL half-century, reaching it in just 17 balls! Some of these Patriots players are starting to find form just at the right time.
After a break-2018 campaign in the Caribbean Premier League, things haven’t started much brighter for the Barbados Tridents in 2019. Going down to the Amazon Warriors by 47 runs, it was clear the Tridents lacked intensity both with the bat and in the field. Managing to compile just four wickets at the conclusion of Guyana’s innings, The Tridents hadn’t really established themselves in the match despite finding themselves halfway through the game. A huge mistake Barbados made was giving specialist spinner Sandeep Lamichhane just one over, he’s paid to take wickets and skipper Jason Holder denied him of that. Teammate Ashley Nurse was the preferred-spinner and went wicketless in his four overs and was relatively-expensive in the process. All-rounder Roshon Primus picked up two wickets, apart from that the Tridents lacked intimidation with the ball. If things didn’t go to plan with the ball, than the batting can only be described as a train wreck. It was a miracle they managed to get to 133 thanks to Ashley Nurse who wagged down the order, the top & middle-order were pitiful. England’s Alex Hales was dismissed for a golden duck on his CPL debut, the Tridents top six batsmen combining for a total of just 61 runs. Shai Hope is likely to be sidelined yet again as he continues to recover from injury, a time frame on his return is unknown.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 8
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- Devon Thomas
- Fabian Allen
- Alzarri Joseph
- Evin Lewis
- Carlos Brathwaite
Wildcard Pick – Laurie Evans
- JP Duminy
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Johnson Charles
- Jason Holder
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard Pick – Josh Lalor
Predicted Team XI’s
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Devon Thomas (wk) 2. Evin Lewis 3. Laurie Evans 4. Mohammad Hafeez 5. Sharmarh Brooks 6. Fabian Allen 7. Carlos Brathwaite (c) 8. Rayad Emrit 9. Dominic Drakes/Jeremiah Louis/Keron Cottoy 10. Alzarri Joseph 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Alex Hales 2. Johnson Charles 3. JP Duminy 4. Jonathan Carter 5. Leniko Boucher (wk) 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Roshon Primus 9. Raymon Reifer 10. Josh Lalor 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
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