Patriots Set To Take On Unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders
The 14th match of the Caribbean Premier League 2019 will be played between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts & Nevis tonight.
Shortly after clashing against Saint Lucia Zouks, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be up against Trinbago Knight Riders, who have been unbeaten in the tournament till now. In fact, they have four wins from four matches, and recorded the highest ever score in franchise T20 cricket in their last encounter against Jamaica Tallawahs, as they raced to 267 for the loss of just two wickets, courtesy of explosive knocks from Lendl Simmons and Colin Munro.
TKR are placed at the second spot on the points table. Despite winning all their matches, they have eight points but have been edged in net run rate by Guyana Amazon Warriors. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have been no match for them, as the Patriots are at the second last place with one win and four losses from five matches, and have only two points and a net run rate of -0.787.
Trinbago Knight Riders have held the upper hand against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, and have beaten them four times out of the last five matches played between the two teams. Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are the leading batsmen for TKR, while Sunil Narine and Khary Pierre have been their key bowlers.
Fabian Allen, Devon Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph will be the leading players for the Patriots.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
After two back-to-back losses at home, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots registered their 2nd win of the season against St Lucia Zouks (SLZ). They will be taking on the defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, in the next match. SNP have struggled with their batting in recent matches. While Evin Lewis and Laurie Evans have scored fifties for the side, there hasn’t been more than one big score in a single innings for SNP.
While the side is dependent on Lewis and Evans, Devon Thomas has only managed to score 3 runs in the last 3 innings. Mohammad Hafeez will be a key batsman in the middle for SNP. A partnership between Hafeez and one of the top 3 batsmen in the middle overs would be crucial to building a platform for Brathwaite and Fabian Allen.
The opposition has a strong middle order, and the Patriots will need a much better performance when going up against Trinbago Knight Riders.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Trinbago Knight Riders have won 4 in 4 matches in CPL 2019 so far. The team posted a total of 267 runs batting first in the last match at Jamaica. Lendl Simmons scored his second consecutive half-century, with 86 off 42 balls; while Colin Munro was unbeaten on 96 off 50. The top 4 in the TKR batting order are consistently scoring runs and winning matches for the team.
Denesh Ramdin had scored a fifty when Narine and Webster were out cheaply. Chasing 168, Simmons (63) and Ramdin (50) helped TKR get back in the game after early losses.
James Neesham has been expensive with the ball. However, he has consistently picked up wickets for Trinbago Knight Riders. Mohammad Hasnain and Sunil Narine are other consistent wicket-takers in the bowling attack.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Devon Thomas, Laurie Evans, Jason Mohammed, Mohammad Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Alzarri Joseph
Trinbago Knight Riders: Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Javon Searles, Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Mohammad Hasnain, Ali Khan.