The second part of the Caribbean Premier League double header on Saturday evening sees the competition returning to the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad for the repeat of the 2017 final when the Trinbago Knight Riders take on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Trinbago have begun their title defence with a win and a defeat while St Kitts and Nevis have played just the one match which they have lost so there is reason enough for both these teams to want the victory.
Trinbago Knight Riders
I would imagine the Trinbago Knight Riders would have mixed feelings about playing this match. On one hand they will be eager to get back on the horse after being beaten on Friday night with that amazing Andre Russell onslaught while on the other hand they might want a day or so longer to lick their wounds and work out what they could have done better.
We saw both sides of the defending champions in that match on Friday night. We saw their huge power with the bat but we also saw a fragile nature with the ball when someone comes at them. That said though, they are not going to run into someone with the brute power of Andre Russell very often.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
I think in many ways we saw what we expected to see from the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their first match in Guyana too. It must be said that they were well beaten but I guess we could’ve expected that because they don’t appear set up to play on slow wickets like the one they encountered in Guyana.
We saw their top order, Chris Gayle in particular, carry the majority of their batting and we saw a side that is lacking a real spin option which could be a concern the longer the tournament goes on. They look like a side who are going to be competitive in a lot of shootouts this season but one which would rather be chasing than setting a score.
One of the big problems for the Trinbago Knight Riders is that Dwayne Bravo was their bowler that went for the most runs on Friday night but as captain they can’t really change him even if they wanted to so the home side are likely to be unchanged.
Alzarri Joseph offered little with the ball in Guyana. He might get another chance on a wicket which is likely to suit him a little better but it could be that St Kitts and Nevis decide to bring a batsman in given that they have enough bowling options in their side.
The one thing we saw in the match here on Friday night is the potential for sixes on this ground. There were 29 of them in that game and in fairness there were 12 here in the opening game even though St Lucia could only score 95 in total.
We saw in Guyana that this St Kitts attack can go around the park and we saw likewise on Friday night about the Trinbago one. Both sides have stacks of power in their batting so on a small ground I’m expecting the sixes to flow here. Over 15.5 of them looks to have every chance to me.
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