St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ hunt for second win in the season
St Lucia Zouks to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||4||4||0||0||0||8||0.776|
|St Lucia Zouks||5||3||2||0||0||6||-0.141|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||5||2||3||0||0||4||0.048|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.487|
St Lucia Zouks shall be taking on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 15th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2020. Zouks are coming into this game after suffering a loss against the Trinbago Knight Riders but they are still holding on to the second spot on the points table. As for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, they registered their first win of the season against the Barbados Tridents in the last game after three consecutive loss which has put them under lot of pressure at the moment.
One more defeat might kill the dreams for the Patriots in terms of making it to the next round of the season. They already lost their previous game against the same opponent earlier in the season and this will add pressure on the team. The Zouks on the other have got their key players performing well and shall look to make it two in two this season against the Patriots. It remains to be seen if the Patriots are able to turn the table this time around.
The three-match winning spree for Darren Sammy’s side came to an end in the last game against the Trinbago Knight Riders which they lost by 6 wickets under the DLS method. The side has done well so far in the season and Sammy would like his men to seek inspiration from their previous win against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Openers Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall haven’t really put on partnerships as a pair and this is something the side would seek from them in this game. Their middle order looks good for the moment with Roston Chase, Mark Deyal and Najibullah Zardan in the side. Mohammad Nabi and Sammy are good finishers and the side would count on their hitting abilities in this game.
Their bowling attack will look to exploit the weakness Patriots have for the moment. Scott Kuggelejin and Nabi will look to deliver early blows with the ball and they bring in good variations to the table. Roston Chase, Kesrick Williams and Chemar Holder have also enjoyed good success so far and they will look to pitch in the right areas and exploit the opportunities.
Daren Sammy (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Javelle Glenn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Chemar Holder
Denesh Ramdin, S Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Imran Khan, Jahmar Hamilton, RR Emrit, Nicholas Kelly, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Dunk
It was finally something to cheer about for Rayad Emrit’s side as they ended their three-match losing spree and defeated the Barbados Tridents by 6 wickets in a high scoring game. Their batsmen came to the party to win this game. Emrit would want his side to carry the same form into the next game.
Openers Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis will have to play a major role at the top as it was Lewis’ innings in the last game that sealed the game for them. Joshua Da Silva will have to steer the innings along with Ben Dunk and Denesh Ramdin who are also looking in good form. The batting order lacks depth with Sohail Tanvir batting at No. 6 and along with Nick Kelly and Emrit he will be looking to score quick runs towards the end of the innings.
It is their bowling where the side will have to make improvements ahead of the next game. New ball bowlers Tanvir and Alzarri Joseph have gone for lot of runs and the side will expect a better show from them. Emrit and Jon-Russ Jaggesar are bowling economical spells and they will need to play a key role in this game. Imran Khan hasn’t been the same as last season and needs to get his line and length right.
Rayad Emrit (c), Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Joshua Da Silva, Nick Kelly, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Khan, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Alzarri Joseph
Mark Deyal, Daren Sammy, ADS Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Javelle Glen, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Zahir Khan
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|15h||37||0 mm.||3.14 k/h||From: NW||0%|
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It will be partly cloudy over Trinidad on August 27 and there might be chances of showers during the game. The pitch has slowed down a bit as we have seen in the last few games of the tournament. Batting would be a challenge on this track and the side that bats first would be happy with a score in the range of 160 runs.
We have seen few low scoring games on this track at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad as batsmen are finding it tough to hit the ball. Fast bowlers are enjoying bowling on this surface at the moment and spinners too have been able to make good use of the conditions here.
Only thrice so far in this competition have we seen sides opting to bat first upon winning the toss. The pitch and the weather conditions in this league have made it more conducive for chasing down scores. Hence, we see the skippers not having much of hesitation in bowling first on this surface.
This game would be interesting as the two sides are coming into this with contrasting forms. The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have won just one game so far and the side hasn’t been able to execute its plans well. There are issues with its batting which is a major hurdle for the side. Zouks on the other have looked one of the best sides for this season and though they come into the game with a loss they look a much stronger side on paper. This will make them favorites to win this game.
St Lucia Zouks to win