St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will look to continue their winning run when they take on Trinbago Knight Riders in the 13th match of Caribbean Premier League at Trinidad on Monday. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have won three matches in a row and would look to continue the winning momentum. Trinbago Knight Riders have won four matches out of five and are one of the strong teams in the tournament. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots clash.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots strengths:
An explosive opening pair in Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis: St Kitts have two explosive opening batsmen in Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis and both are in form in the tournament. Gayle played a responsible knock of 60 against Guayana Amazon Warriors and then it was Lewis’ turn who stuck 92 in the win over St Lucia Stars. They will to bat the opponents out of the game.
Competitive spirit: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have posted two close wins in the tournament so far. They eked out a 4-run win against Guyana Amazon Warriors by the skin of their teeth. It’s their competitive spirit that makes them stand out. They will look to stretch their winning run to fourth in the tournament.
Complacency: St Kitts have enjoyed a good run so far, winning all their three matches. Their batting and bowling have complemented well. They need to ward off complacency and close all window for any entry for the opposition.
Squad: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Hasan Ali, Chris Gayle, Brandon King, Jeremiah Louis, Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, Samuel Badree, Shamarh Brooks, Sheldon Cottrell, Nikhil Dutta, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Hafeez, Devon Thomas
Trinbago Knight Riders strengths:
Attacking batsmen: They have attacking set of batsmen in Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narin who all have played useful cameos during the tournament. Narine has been effective as an opener, using the long handle to good effect. Narine cracked 79 in the win over Barbados Tridents. McCullum, Munro too has played brilliantly. It will be difficult to contain Trinbago batsmen from running away with the game.
Good set of T20 bowlers: Riders have good quality T20 bowlers in Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Shadab Khan. They have done well so far in the tournament. Riders would be banking on their bowlers to put them on top in the clash against St Kitts.
Not great in defending: Riders have won all their four matches while chasing and lost the only clash while defending. Hence, they are doubtful whether they can defend totals and would look to chase in any situations. Opposition can exploit this weakness of Riders.
Trinbago Knight Riders Squad – Dwayne Bravo (Capt), Kevon Cooper, Brad Hogg, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Anderson Phillip, Denesh Ramdin, Shadab Khan, Ronsford Beaton, Darren Bravo, Hamza Tariq, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, William Perkins, Khary Pierre, Javon Searles, Mehedi Hasan, Hashim Amla.
Prediction: Trinbago Knight Riders have looked more convincing in their wins in the tournament. They also have impact players who can turn the match around with their batting or bowling. St Kitts have rode their luck, but lack the finesse of a top quality team. Our vote goes to Trinbago Knight Riders.
Possible winner: Trinbago Knight Riders