St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ hunt for first win in the season
Barbados Tridents to win
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|St Lucia Zouks||4||3||1||0||0||6||0.302|
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It is the 11th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 and one that will be important for both the sides. Defending champions Barbados Tridents come here having suffered losses in their last two games and need a breakthrough from here. Their opponents St Kitts and Nevis Patriots look in a worse state having lost all their three games so far and need to get their first points of the season.
The two sides had earlier met in the season where the Tridents had won the game by 6 runs. It was a close encounter but one that would surely add confidence in the Tridents’ camp. Both the sides have had their struggles so far, but the Patriots haven’t been able to hold their nerves in close games. Their fans would want a turnaround from them and it remains to be seen whether they are able to play positively in the next game.
Three losses in three games, Rayad Emrit’s side is sitting at the bottom of the points table at the moment. They just haven’t got their acts together as bowlers and batsmen have failed to complement each other. They went down by 10 runs in a high scoring encounter against St Lucia Zouks in the last game. One more loss would reduce their chances of making it to the semifinals. Emrit’s side had to deliver its best performance in this game.
Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis need to get over their habit of throwing away the starts. This is putting pressure on rest of the batting. Joshua Da Silva, Ben Dunk and Kieran Powell need to deliver in the middle order which they have failed to do. Denesh Ramdin looks in good form at the moment. The side doesn’t bat too deep and the likes of Sohail Tanvir and Emrit will have to contribute down the order.
It is their bowling attack that let them down in the last game as the pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Tanvir leaked runs with the new ball. They will need to come up with better show given the lack of experience in the bowling attack. Emrit did bowl well in the last game and the skipper will expect good support from Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Ish Sodhi during the middle overs in the upcoming game.
Rayad Emrit (c), Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Joshua Da Silva, Ben Dunk, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell
Denesh Ramdin, S Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Imran Khan, Joshua Da Silva, RR Emrit, Nicholas Kelly, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Dunk
Jason Holder’s side has had a raw deal since their win against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the first game. The defending champions have lost back to back games against the St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders. They went down by 19 runs against Knight Riders. Holder would like his team to draw confidence from win against the Patriots earlier and move up on the points table with a victory in this game.
The good news for the side is the form of openers Johnson Charles and Shai Hope who did well in the last game and shall need a good start from them. Corey Anderson’s form is a big concern for the side and he needs to deliver the goods in the next game. Down the order we have seen good form from Jonathan Carter, Kyle Mayers and Holder and these players make the batting look strong.
In the last two games their bowlers have failed and Holder will have to pick early wickets in company of Kyle Mayers. Rashid Khan hasn’t been at his best so far and shall need to trouble the Patriots’ batsmen. Ashley Nurse and Hayden Walsh too possess great skills and they would be looking to bowl their side to a win against Patriots’ fragile batting order.
Jason Holder (c), Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh
Mitchell Santner, Nyeem Young, Johnson Charles, Ashley Nurse, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Rashid Khan, Corey Anderson, Shai Hope, Jason Holder
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The skies over Trinidad are expected to be clear on August 25 and we hope to see good cricket. This is a fresh pitch and hence we expect pace and bounce for the fast bowlers as batsmen will have to be watchful in the early overs of the game. There would be some turn for the spinners as well. The side batting first would be targeting a score in excess of 165 runs on this surface.
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad has been a batsmen friendly wicket where we have seen lots of runs being scored. The boundaries are pulled in T20 games offering plenty of hitting opportunities. Fast bowlers have their chances early on in the game when the ball is new. Spinners have done well here since there is decent turn on the surface.
In this tournament so far we have seen most of the teams preferring to bowl first after winning the toss. The pitches have been tricky and this one would be on a fresh surface where the ball is expected to move around a bit. Hence, the captains shouldn’t have much of hesitation in putting the opponents into bat first.
There would be anticipation in both the camps going into the game. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will have to earn their first points here to stay alive but the current form of the team doesn’t inspire much confidence. Barbados Tridents on the other hand have had two bad games despite having one of the strongest teams in the tournament. They will be looking to break this losing spree against the Patriots. They are a much better side on paper and this will make them favorites to win this match.
Barbados Tridents to win