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by Alastair Symondson Friday 24 August 2018
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots must be buoyed by the fact that they clinched a seven-wicket victory against St Lucia Stars in the last match. Barbados Tridents as well would like to ride on the momentum from their recent win. The last time both teams played against each other, the Patriots succeeded in chasing down the 129-run total within 13 overs to register a comprehensive victory.
Chris Gayle has been the best batsman for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the team would expect something special out of him. His opening partner Evin Lewis has not been able to hit his straps till now and would really like to contribute. Devon Thomas and Anton Devchich are the other lead batsmen. With the ball, Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been brilliant and he would be their X-factor.
The good news for Barbados Tridents is that Steve Smith is back to form not only with the bat but with the ball as well. Smith scalped two wickets with his leg spinners while scoring a brisk 44-ball 63. Shai Hope also complemented him very well. Hashim Amla too has been getting decent starts in the two matches that he has played.
In all, their batting looks pretty much sorted for now. In the bowling department pacers Wahab Riaz, Jason Holder and Mohammad Irfan are the lead faces but they have to be conscious of the fact that they do not leak too many runs.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Barbados Tridents - Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer, Wahab Riaz, Ashley Nurse, Mohammad Irfan, Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Steven Smith, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots- Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas, Brandon King, Tom Cooper, Anton Devcich, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mahmudullah, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Cottrell, Carlos Brathwaite
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Head to Head – Matches 6, Barbados Tridents 2, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 4
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hashim Amla (Barbados Tridents), Chris Gayle (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Raymon Reifer (Barbados Tridents), Sandeep Lamichhane (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Most Sixes – Dwayne Smith (Barbados Tridents), Chris Gayle (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Team Scores Batting First – Barbados Tridents 150+, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 170+
This match is between two teams who are going through a very interesting phase in the tournament. While Jamaica Tallawahs won three matches straight to begin with, they have lost the last three games to find themselves in a bit of a fix.
St Lucia Stars, on the other hand, started the tournament poorly, losing four games in a row. They then managed to win one match, returning back to their fate in the next one. This has brought the team to a point where now they have to win all the remaining matches for them to qualify to the next round.
In this moment of uncertainty, all eyes would be on skipper Andre Russell who would be expected to do something out of the ordinary. In the batting department, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor and David Miller will shoulder the responsibility while Oshane Thomas, Adam Zampa and Imad Wasim would hold the key with the ball.
The Stars would pin their hopes on Glenn Philips who has been in great nick. David Warner also looked good in the last match. However, Kieron Pollard remains the real game-changer. Mitchell McClenaghan is their lead pacer while Qais Ahmad provides them with an edge with the ball.
Jamaica Tallawahs- Glenn Phillips (wk), Johnson Charles, Kennar Lewis, Ross Taylor, David Miller, Andre Russell (c), Rovman Powell, Imad Wasim, Adam Zampa, Oshane Thomas, Samuel Badree
St Lucia Stars- Andre Fletcher (wk), David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy
Who will win? – St Lucia Stars
Head to Head – Matches 9, Jamaica Tallawahs 6, St Lucia Stars 3
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Glenn Phillips (Jamaica Tallawahs), David Warner (St Lucia Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Adam Zampa (Jamaica Tallawahs), Qais Ahmad (St Lucia Stars)
Most Sixes – David Miller (Jamaica Tallawahs), Andre Fletcher (St Lucia Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Jamaica Tallawahs 160+, St Lucia Stars 180+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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