CPL 2019 preview: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs. Trinbago Knight Riders

CPL 2019 preview: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs. Trinbago Knight Riders

Match details:

Series/tournament name: Caribbean Premier League 2019

Venue: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Date: 18 September, 2019

Time: 3:30 a.m. IST         

Preview:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will face off Trinbago Knight Riders in the match 14 of the 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Basseterre on Tuesday. The home side are coming in the match third on the table with four points in six matches, therefore, they need a win to strengthen their position on the league table. On the other hand, the visitors will come in the match as firm favourites as they are still unbeaten in the tournament with four wins out of four. In the previous match between both teams earlier in the competition, it was the Knight Riders who came out on top with an 11-run margin.

Weather report: Weather is expected to stay cloudy but with no or very little chances of rain during the day.

Pitch report: Pitch is expected to be a good one for batting with some assistance for spinners in the later stages of the match.

Injuries and replacement: No known injuries.

Probable Playing XI:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

In this important fixture, the home side will be relying on the likes of Laurie Evans, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Hafeez and captain Carlos Brathwaite to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Fabian Allen, Usama Mir and Sheldon Cottrell to produce timely

Match details:

Series/tournament name: Caribbean Premier League 2019

Venue: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Date: 18 September, 2019

Time: 3:30 a.m. IST         

Preview:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will face off Trinbago Knight Riders in the match 14 of the 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Basseterre on Tuesday. The home side are coming in the match third on the table with four points in six matches, therefore, they need a win to strengthen their position on the league table. On the other hand, the visitors will come in the match as firm favourites as they are still unbeaten in the tournament with four wins out of four. In the previous match between both teams earlier in the competition, it was the Knight Riders who came out on top with an 11-run margin.

Weather report: Weather is expected to stay cloudy but with no or very little chances of rain during the day.

Pitch report: Pitch is expected to be a good one for batting with some assistance for spinners in the later stages of the match.

Injuries and replacement: No known injuries.

Probable Playing XI:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

In this important fixture, the home side will be relying on the likes of Laurie Evans, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Hafeez and captain Carlos Brathwaite to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Fabian Allen, Usama Mir and Sheldon Cottrell to produce timely breakthroughs.

Devon Thomas (WK), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Keron Cottoy, Rayad Emrit, Usama Mir, Akeem Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell

Trinbago Knight Riders

After a power packed performance in their previous match against Jamaica Tallawahs, Knight Riders will be relying on the likes of Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro and Kieron Pollard to score bulk of the runs. On the bowling front, the visitors will face a tough task as in-form pacer Mohammad Hasnain has now returned to Pakistan to play in the four-day domestic tournament and therefore, there will be added pressure on the likes of Sunil Narine and Jimmy Neesham to produce timely breakthroughs.

Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (C), Denesh Ramdin (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Javon Searles, Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan, Akeal Hosein

Top picks:

Wicketkeeper: Devon Thomas (8.5 Cr)

Devon Thomas is having a decent tournament for the Patriots. The 29-year-old has scored 137 runs with the bat in hand in six innings at an average of 22.83 which included two half-centuries, whereas behind the stumps, he has been involved in four catches and four stumpings.

Batsman: Lendl Simmons (9 Cr)

Lendl Simmons is having a more than decent tournament with the bat in hand for the Knight Riders. The veteran right-hander is the team's highest run-getter in the competition with 171 runs at an average of 42.75 and with an outstanding strike-rate of 174.98, best by any batsman in the squad.

All-rounder: Kieron Pollard (10 Cr)

Kieron Pollard is having a brilliant tournament for the team. While captaining the side, the 32-year-old has scored 151 runs in four innings after being just dismissed once and has an amazing strike-rate of 167.77. That's not it as Pollard also has two wickets to his name.

Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell (9.5 Cr)

Sheldon Cottrell is having a decent tournament with the ball in hand. The left-arm pacer has five wickets to his name in four matches at a strike-rate of 18 and with an economy-rate of just 6.80.

Captaincy options: Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Mohammad Hafeez

Dream XI team:

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