Can the Patriots break the Knight Riders winning streak?
Our prediction is Trinbago Knight Riders win the match!
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||5||5||0||0||0||10||1.95|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||5||4||1||0||0||8||0.97|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||8||4||4||0||0||8||-0.05|
|St Lucia Zouks||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.691|
CPL2019 is entering the middle phase of the league stages where teams are looking to finalize their spot in the playoffs as soon as possible. The defending Champions Knight Riders have won 4 matches on a trot and are looking in red hot form. They will look to test their bench strength once their qualification route is clear.
Patriots, on the other hand, are struggling to string together back-to-back wins after playing 6 games so far. They need to win more matches in their remaining 4 games to stay in contention for playoffs. This will be the last home game for Patriots team and they should make use of the home advantage to secure a win.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have played more matches than any other team in the tournament but have secured just 2 wins so far. Evin Lewis played a blinder scoring 65 runs at the top and took his team to victory comfortably in just 14.5 overs in the chase. Devon Thomas and Laurie Evans have contributed with the bat consistently and have scored the fifties this season.
Their middle order has not made any impact so far with no big scores to show. Akeem Jordan made an impressive debut taking 4 wickets at the top and was instrumental for his team`s victory. Usama Mir and Ryad Emrit chipped in with two wickets each and they did not give any easy runs in the middle overs. Sheldon Cotrell is also taking wickets regularly and is having an excellent economy rate of just 6.8 RPO bowling in the powerplay overs.
Evin Lewis – Lewis made 65 runs off 30 balls and took his team to a great position in the chase before being dismissed. He leads the batting charts with 175 runs so far this season. He scored at a strike rate of 217 when no other batsmen scored 30+ runs at a strike rate of 130+ in either side.
Usama Mir – Usama Mir bowled a brilliant spell of 4-1-13-2 and he took wickets of Roland Carto and Colin De Grandhomme. He created the pressure on the batsmen by not giving runs and was rewarded with crucial wickets in the last match.
Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Kjorn Ottley, Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeem Jordan
Akeem Jordan, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite, Alzarri Joseph, Laurie Evans, Sheldon Cottrell, RR Emrit, Devon Thomas, Evin Lewis, Shamarh Brooks, Fabian Allen
Knight Riders have taken over from where they left last season and are on a mission to defend the title for the second time in a row. Lendl Simmons (82 runs) and Colin Munro (96* runs) put a brutalizing attack with the bat to take their team to a record total of 267 runs. Skipper Kieron Pollard was at his best scoring 45 runs off 17 balls to end the innings on a high. Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, and James Neesham have come up with crucial contributions with the bat to help the team.
James Neesham and Mohammed Hasnain are the chief wicket-takers so far with 8 & 6 wickets respectively. Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, and Seekuge Prasanna have controlled the run flow in the middle overs and have chipped in with wickets regularly. Khary Pierre and Ali Khan are struggling with the ball and are the weakest link in the bowling line-up.
Colin Munro – Munro made his mark on his first match this season with a 50-ball 92 and he shared two 100+ partnerships with Simmons and Pollard took the team a record total. He smashed 6 boundaries and 8 sixes in his knock.
James Neesham – Neesham has 8 wickets so far and is the leading wicket-taker in CPL currently. He will need to spearhead the bowling attack in the absence of Mohammed Hasnain who leaves for his national duty.
Denesh Ramdin (wk), Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard (c), Sunil Narine, Seekkuge Prasanna, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Javon Searles, Ali Khan, Khary Pierre, Tion Webster
Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Darren Bravo, Mark Deyal, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, S Prasanna, LMP Simmons, Ali Khan
Spinners are getting more purchase of the track in the last two matches owing it`s used nature and wear & tear. We can expect runs in the range of 140-160 runs in this match. The weather looks a bit clear with scattered rains on the match day.
Teams batting second have won 3 out of the 4 matches played here this season. And teams are comfortable chasing in the T20 matches recently.
Knight Riders team is high on form and momentum after 4 victories this season and they have a stable batting order and brilliant bowling attack.
Patriots’ team is struggling to put a good show with the bat and ball with misfiring middle order and inexperienced bowling attack. We expect Knight Riders to win their fifth consecutive match this season.