Man of the Match: James Neesham
Defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders eye a strong start against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in CPL opener!
Our Prediction is Trinbago Knight Riders to win
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Reigning Champions Trinbago Knight Riders will be looking to start their season on a good note when they face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the opening game of Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad on Wednesday.
In their previous meeting between both sides last season, Trinbago comes out on top in both the games. Last season, Trinbago Knight Riders dominated the competition and defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors to clinch their third CPL crown. Dwayne Bravo-led unit will be looking to make it three in a row after winning the competition in 2017 and 2018.
On the other hand, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots played well and missed out on playing the finals of the competition last year. The side suffered defeat at the hands of Trinbago Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 game played at Tarouba.
Defending Champions will be looking to get off to a decent start in this year’s competition. The side has been the most successful franchise in the history of the competition. New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham and Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain are new inclusion in the squad for this year’s competition. In the batting department, the home side will be heavily depending on Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard, and Darren Bravo to deliver runs in this game.
Last year, Munro was the standout performer with the bat and topped the batting charts in the competition. Left-handed batsman accumulated 567 runs in 13 innings at an average of 51.54 with six half-centuries to his name. The side will be hoping that Munro can deliver runs for the side in this opening game of the competition. All-rounder Kieron Pollard has shown excellent form in the T20 format this season and seemed to have discovered his mojo with the bat. Darren Bravo is another accomplished batsman for the side in the batting department. Last year, Bravo accumulated 353 runs in 13 innings at an average of 39.22.
Middle-order consists of Dwayne Bravo, James Neesham and Dinesh Ramdin, who will need to produce consistent scores for the side in this year’s competition. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Ali Khan, Sunil Narine and Khary Pierre to make crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain is another exciting acquisition made by Trinbago for this year’s tournament.
Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Dinesh Ramdin, James Neesham, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Jevon Searles, Khary Pierre, Sunil Narine, Ali Khan,Mohammad Hasnain, Colin Munro
Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Javon Searles, S Prasanna, LMP Simmons, Tion Webster, Mohammad Hasnain, James Neesham
Last season, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots played excellent cricket to qualify for the playoffs of the competition. They were comfortably brushed aside by Trinbago Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 game of the competition.
Carlos Brathwaite has been named as the new captain of the franchise and will be looking to do well in this year's competition. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Laurie Evans and Evin Lewis to do the bulk of the scoring. Last year, Evin Lewis struggled to produce runs for the side at the top of the innings. Left-hander will be looking to do well for the side in this year’s competition. Afif Hossain, Devon Thomas and Aaron Jones will need to deliver runs for the side in this year’s tournament. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell and Fabian Allen to make breakthroughs with the new ball.
Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Devon Thomas (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Laurie Evans, Shamarh Brooks, Fabian Allen, Afif Hossain, Aaron Jones, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell, Jeremiah Louis
Jason Mohammed, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite, Kjorn Ottley, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Usama Mir, RR Emrit, Devon Thomas, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen
The wicket prepared for CPL opener will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers might get assistance off the pitch. The weather conditions for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to be cloudy skies throughout the day.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Batting second will most preferable for both teams as it does easier to bat under lights. Venue Queens Park Oval in Trinidad is going to host the opening game of Caribbean Premier League between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
After the analysis of both the squads, we feel Trinbago Knight Riders will be favorites to win this opening game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. With the likes of experienced players like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Knight Riders will be tough to beat in this game. On the other hand, Patriots will need to play extraordinary cricket in order to overcome Trinbago Knight Riders in this contest.
Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect Trinbago Knight Riders to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in CPL opener!