Man of the Match: Evin Lewis
Tough battle for Warriors against Patriots after two losses
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||10||6||4||0||0||12||0.7|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||6||4||0||0||12||0.109|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||10||6||4||0||0||12||-0.328|
|St Lucia Kings||10||5||5||0||0||10||-0.159|
It is the 2nd Semifinal of the Caribbean Premier League 2021, and the Guyana Amazon Warriors would be up against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The Warriors come here with a win against the Jamaica Tallawahs where the struggled in most parts of the game. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on the other hand lost to table toppers Trinbago Knight Riders in a close contest.
In the two games played between the two sides this season St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have won on both occasions and this would add to their confidence. Guyana Amazon Warriors’ top order has struggled in the last few games, and this is worrying for the side. This will be a high-pressure game and it will be interesting to see which of the sides is able to hold on to its nerves.
Nicholas Pooran’s side won the last game against Jamaica Tallawahs by 14 runs, but the win wasn’t without its struggle. Their top order failed for the second consecutive game which is worrying for the side. Having lost both the games to Patriots earlier in the season Pooran shall be looking for a good show from his players. His batsmen must deliver for the side to win this game.
Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj have struggled in the last few games, and they must set up a good partnership at the top. Shimron Hetmyer and Shoaib Malik’s loss of form is worrying, and they must contribute along with Anthony Bramble in the middle order. Romario Shephard played a match winning knock in the last game and adds good firepower to the lower middle order alongside Pooran.
Imran Tahir was splendid in the last game and bowled two maiden overs. He would look to grab early wickets opening the bowling with Naveen-ul-Haq. Shephard also did well but the side would like to see tighter spells from Hemraj, Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie who got their line and length wrong in the previous game.
Nicholas Pooran (c), Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble (wk), Gudakesh Motie, Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir
Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik
Four losses in last five games have dented the confidence for Dwayne Bravo’s side. They went down by 4 wickets against the Trinbago Knight Riders in their last game. The side had started the tournament with a bang winning their first five games but have since struggled. Bravo would like his players to take confidence from their good show against the Warriors earlier in the season.
The side would be expecting a good start in this game from Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis with Lewis having showed good form earlier. In the middle order Sherfane Rutherford, Bravo and Joshua Da Silva have done well in the last few games, and they would be expected to play a strong hand in this game. Fabian Allen and Dominic Drakes shall have to make good use of their hitting abilities here.
Paul van Meekeren and Naseem Shah must provide a good start to the side with the new ball. Fawad Ahmed and Drakes bowled brilliantly in the last game, and this would add to their confidence. With Fabian Allen and Jon-Russ Jaggesar in the mix, the side has a good variety in its attack and shall look to trouble the struggling Warriors’ batsmen.
Dwayne Bravo (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Naseem Shah, Paul van Meekeren, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Fawad Ahmed
Dwayne Bravo, Joshua Da Silva, Dominic Drakes, Sherfane Rutherford, Fawad Ahmed, Sheldon Cottrell, Naseem Shah, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||0 mm.||7.41 k/h||From: E||40%|
|03h||28||0 mm.||8.04 k/h||From: ESE||53%|
|06h||28||0.47 mm.||7.44 k/h||From: ESE||59%|
|09h||28||1.09 mm.||5.88 k/h||From: ESE||90%|
|12h||28||0.81 mm.||6.14 k/h||From: ESE||67%|
|15h||28||1.20 mm.||7.19 k/h||From: ESE||86%|
|18h||28||1.11 mm.||5.57 k/h||From: ESE||93%|
|21h||29||0.53 mm.||5.37 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
It is expected to overcast skies over St Kitts on September 15, and this might offer some assistance to the bowlers who have otherwise struggled on the flat surface. The ball would come on to the bat nicely on this track. Given the weather conditions a score of 170 or more would be good on this wicket.
Warner Park, St Kitts has been a paradise for batsmen who have score plenty of runs with the flat surface and fast outfield offering plenty of run scoring opportunities. It is one of the toughest surfaces for fast bowlers in Caribbean islands. Spinners on the other hand have enjoyed good record at this venue in the past.
The weather might finally come to the rescue of the bowlers who have struggled in most games of this tournament. Being a knockout game there would be pressure on both the teams to perform. The side that wins the toss here is most likely to bowl first and aim at dismissing the opponents for a small total.
Guyana Amazon Warriors would be under pressure in this game as their batsmen have struggled in most of the recent games. Their top order would have to deliver the goods for the side to win this game. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have dropped in form in the last few games, but they have a very strong batting line-up. Having defeated the Warriors twice in the season already, they would start favorites in this game.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to win