Patriots’ battle to improve poor record against Warriors
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win
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|Guyana Amazon Warriors||1||1||0||0||0||2||0.45|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||2||1||1||0||0||2||0.405|
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Guyana Amazon Warriors would be up against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 5th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021. Both the sides have made a good start to the tournament winning their respective games. The Warriors defeated the Trinbago Knight Riders in their previous game while the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots registered a big win against the Barbados Royals.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have had an excellent record against the Patriots and have won the last six games between the two sides. This would add to their confidence levels going into this game. The Patriots come here with a big win, and they would look to make the best use of this momentum here and break the jinx against the Warriors which has haunted them for the last three seasons.
Nicholas Pooran’s side has made a grand start to the season. They defeated the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders in their first game by 9 runs where their bowlers successfully defended an average total. This win against the strongest team would add to the side’s confidence going into the next game.
The side would expect a better start in the game than what they got from Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj in the last game. King would have to work on his scoring rate. Shimron Hetmyer looked good, and he would need to score quickly in the middle order along with Shoaib Malik and Odean Smith. Down the order Pooran, Mohammad Hafeez and Romario Shephard add strength to their batting.
Naveen-ul-Haq was expensive in the last game, but Shephard came up with a great effort and the duo would like to grab early wickets here. Imran Tahir and Mohammad Hafeez made good use of the conditions in the last game, and they would look for a similar show here. In Odean Smith and Ashmead Need, the side has good depth in its bowling attack.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Mohammad Hafeez, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ashmead Nedd, Odean Smith, Imran Tahir
Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Ashmead Nedd, Shoaib Malik, Nial Smith
Dwayne Bravo’s side had its hiccups in the first game against the Barbados Royals, but they did manage to win by 21 runs to gain confidence. Their top order collapsed in the last game and Bravo would be looking for better efforts from them here. Their record against the Warriors hasn’t been great and the skipper would like to improve on that.
Evin Lewis and Devon Thomas went out cheaply in the last game and they would have to provide the side with a good start here. Asif Ali and Chris Gayle also failed to impress, and they would have an important role to play. Sherfane Rutherford and Bravo set up a match winning stand in the last game and along with Fabian Allen add good firepower to the line-up.
Sheldon Cottrell and Paul van Meekeren were expensive in the last game, and they have to come up with tighter spells here. Dominic Drakes looked good, and the side would want him to keep the scoring under check in the middle overs with Fawad Ahmed and Fabian Allen. Bravo adds good experience to this attack.
Dwayne Bravo (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas (wk), Asif Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Sheldon Cottrell, Paul van Meekeren, Fawad Ahmed
Dwayne Bravo, Joshua Da Silva, Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Sherfane Rutherford, Fawad Ahmed, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas, Asif Ali, Paul Van Meekeren
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The skies over St Kitts would be clear on August 28 and the batting conditions would be better than what we had seen earlier. The pitch has been slow, and this has prevented the players from playing their shots. The side that bats first in this game shall be happy reach a score of 160 runs or more.
Warner Park, St Kitts has been a good venue for batsmen, but the wicket has considerably slowed down in the last few years. Batsmen must stick to the crease and build their innings to do well. Fast bowlers do not find much support from this wicket, but spinners have done well as the ball turns sharply and also stops on the batsmen.
The wicket has looked slow in the first two games that have been played here and scoring runs isn’t easy here. The side chasing the score always has an advantage in these kinds of conditions. Hence, we believe the side winning the toss in this game should have no hesitation in bowling first.
Both the sides would be high on confidence having started the season with a win. For the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots it will be all about their top order to fire which wasn’t the case in the last game. They don’t have the best of records against the Warriors. The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a very strong bowling attack and depth in their batting, and this would put them slightly ahead of the Patriots in this game.
Guyana Amazon Warriors to win