ABOUT THE MATCH
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots welcome Barbados Tridents to Warner Park in the second match of their back-to-back Caribbean Premier League home games in Basseterre. The match is scheduled for September 11.
Returning to home soil has already paid off for the Patriots, who overcame Chris Gayle’s century to chase 242 in a stunning four-wicket win against Jamaica Tallawahs last time out. That win their first of the season should give them plenty of momentum going into the match with the Tridents.
For Barbados, meanwhile, they have played just once and lost – bowled out for 133 as they chased 181 to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors. After finishing bottom of the league last season, it could be another tough campaign for them.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Temperatures have dropped slightly and there is an increased chance of rain (though still only 20 percent) but both teams should be hopeful of a full game in warm, mostly sunny conditions nevertheless.
Warner Park is known to be a balanced wicket, offering something for batting and bowling, but that was not evident in the first game. The batsmen went ballistic with more than 480 runs scored in the game, and the wicket should favor batting again one day on.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS
Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Shamarh Brooks, Rayad Emrit, Alzarri Joseph, Usama Mir, Sheldon Cottrell
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Barbados Tridents
Alex Hales, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, JP Duminy, Roston Primus, Jason Holder (c), Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Josh Lalor, Sandeep Lamichhane
ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS
- After Sussex’s quarter-final defeat in the T20 Blast, Laurie Evans flew straight out to play for the Patriots and was one of three changes from the side which played the first two matches.
- Kjorn Ottley, Mohammad Hafeez, and Sheldon Cottrell were absent, with Evans, Shamarh Brooks, and Dominic Drakes brought in.
- Cottrell was only rested according to his Twitter feed, and given the expensive bowling in his absence, their star fast bowler is set to return for this one.
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots got off the mark in their first home game of CPL 2019, having lost their first two away matches before that.
- They were bowled out for 141 chasings 153 to beat the Trinbago Knight Riders in their first game, before falling to an eight-wicket defeat defending 153/8 against Guyana Amazon Warriors.
- After conceding 241/4 against the Chris Gayle-inspired Jamaica Tallawahs last time out, they looked like they were heading for a third defeat but instead produced a stunning chase.
- Devon Thomas (71 from 40 balls), Evin Lewis (53 from 18) and Laurie Evans (41 from 20) got them off to a lightning start before Fabian Allen finished the job as they claimed a four-wicket win with seven balls to spare.
- Replacement signings JP Duminy and Josh Lalor both started last time out, while Alex Hales who flew straight over after the T20 Blast quarter-finals opened the batting. Shai Hope was a notable absentee but could come into the team this time out.
- Bottom last season, the Barbados Tridents’ 2019 campaign started badly too they lost Alex Hales first ball and collapsed to 53/5 in the eighth over chasing 181 to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors. They eventually fell to 133 all out.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots might be outsiders but they were in superb batting form in their first home game of the season and make it two wins in a row here.
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