The fourth match of the Caribbean Premier League sees two sides who have already featured in the competition doing battle when the Guyana Amazon Warriors takes on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in another eagerly anticipated match in the competition.
The Amazon Warriors won their opening match of the tournament and will be looking to emulate Trinbago Knight Riders in winning their first two games. St Kitts and Nevis were the first victims of the defending champions so they will be hoping to get their campaign up and running here.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Of all the teams in this competition, I feel the biggest home advantage lies with the Guyana Amazon Warriors because the conditions here are much different to those in the rest of the Caribbean. There are a lot of turning tracks in this part of the world these days but they all come onto the bat and offer a bit more bounce than this one does so the Amazon Warriors will be eager to make the most of every home game.
They have the right mix of experience and power in their batting line up and we saw in the first game here that they have some late order runs in their ranks too which can often be crucial in what are usually tight matches. Their array of spin options are going to make them tough to beat in these conditions especially when they have some clever seam bowlers as well. They look worthy favourites here.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots performed much better than I expected them to in that first match against the Trinbago Knight Riders but their light batting line up which was my concern came back to haunt them as they went from a relatively strong winning position to having no chance pretty quickly. It is never good when a side collapses in its opening game. Those kind of things tend to have deep rooted effects so this is a big match for the Patriots.
If there is a positive for the Patriots in that first match it is that they managed to contain a decent Trinbago side for the most part when they were bowling at them. They will need their bowlers to come to the party in this match although it might not be the same bowlers who deliver the goods. A big adjustment will be needed because the Queen’s Park Oval and Providence are at two separate ends of the scale.
Shoaib Malik confirmed on Twitter that the blow he took from a Shimron Hetmyer hit in the first match. He didn’t confirm whether he would be fit for this match though so they could be forced into a change.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots might think about a change up to their batting order if not the personnel that is in it. Carlos Brathwaite came in a little high for my liking so adding another batsman might not be a bad idea.
I’m expecting a low scoring game here. That is generally what is served up on this ground and certainly the first match here was that. I didn’t actually think the pitch was as bad as it has been at times here but it was clear that it wasn’t the easiest to bat on, especially against spin. I don’t see it getting a whole lot better in two days although there is another game here on Sunday so maybe the pitch will play better here.
Either way I’m playing this as a low scoring match where I believe the highest individual score will be under 65.5 runs. The highest score in that first game was just 38 so it will need a significant jump for someone to make 66 especially with the amount of spin that is likely to be on offer here. Both teams have bowlers who can get stuck in first up and it is hard to see anyone not in the top three or four surpassing this line. I’ll play the under.
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