ABOUT THE MATCH
Guyana Amazon Warriors will look to maintain their winning start when they head to Warner Park to take on St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. The match takes place on September 14.
The Warriors won all three of their home games in their first block of fixtures and will now be looking to take that form on the road. They have been boosted by the arrival of Imran Tahir – one of their stars of last season – who more than compensates for the loss of Shadab Khan to domestic commitments.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, meanwhile, have won just one of their four games so far. That includes defeat to the Warriors at Providence Stadium and also defeat to Barbados Tridents last time out – the Patriots failing to back up their stunning chase of 242 to beat Jamaica the previous day.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have won the toss in each of their last two matches and so are due to lose this one. As was the case when these teams last met, the Warriors will likely opt to field first.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Showers are forecast in the evening in St Kitts, with a 43 percent chance of rain currently on the cards. They may get lucky, but it could otherwise be a stop-start evening of cricket under overcast conditions.
Warner Park, normally a balanced wicket, saw the batsmen go crazy in its first game of the 2019 CPL. Last time out, the Patriots conceded another 180 runs and anything less than that looks below par at the moment – although weather conditions may alter things slightly.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Jason Mohammed, Shamrh Brooks, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Guyana Amazon Warriors
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Green, Ben Laughlin, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- Sheldon Cottrell has missed the last two games but has taken to Twitter to confirm he has no injury.
- If that is the case, the Patriots will surely recall him this time, given his excellent wicket-taking start to the tournament.
- Dominic Drakes would probably be the man to make way, despite his late hitting last time out.
- Laurie Evans has come into the team for the last two games and the Englishman was in excellent form last time out.
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have played four times already this season but they have won just once.
- After away defeats to Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors, they marked their first home game with a big win Devon Thomas top-scoring with 71 as the Patriots chased 242 to beat Jamaica Tallawahs by four wickets in a remarkable game.
- Last time out, however, they could only reach 168/9 in reply to Barbados Tridents’ 186/2. That was despite Laurie Evans hitting 64 from 41 balls up the order.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Ben Laughlin missed the last game but could return to the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ side this time out in place of Odean Smith.
- The Warriors will be forced into one more change to Shadab Khan’s early withdrawal meaning Imran Tahir has returned to the Warriors’ squad.
- Guyana Amazon Warriors have won three from three so far in Caribbean Premier League.
- They started their block of home fixtures by defending 155/9 against St Lucia Zouks as Shadab Khan claimed 3-16 from his four overs.
- Khan then took 2-20 to restrict St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to 153/8 before Shimron Hetmyer hit 70* to earn an eight-wicket win.
- Last time out, Chandrapaul Hemraj scored 63 from 55 balls and Nicholas Pooran smashed 61* from 30 in a total of 180/4 against Barbados Tridents.
- Romario Shepherd then claimed 4-13 as the Tridents were bowled out for 133.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Guyana Amazon Warriors have won three from three so far and, playing a team they have enjoyed plenty of success against, they can make it four in a row.
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