As Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lock horns in the Eliminator of CPL 2018, one team will move forward to face Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 while the other would pack their bags to head home.
The match being played in Guyana, it would be a neutral venue for both teams and hence home advantage would not be a factor. The pitch at Guyana is quite slow and sticky and will assist spinners. It would be a low-scoring match and team which can hold on to their nerves would come out victorious.
The last game played on the surface was Qualifier 1 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders. It was another low-scoring crackerjacker as Warriors got over the line by 2 wickets.
The Patriots defeated Tallawahs by seven wickets in their previous encounter. Jamaica Tallawahs have tasted victory in three of their last four matches and have had an edge over the Patriots in four out of the last six encounters.
New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi who has replaced Adam Zampa for the Jamaica Tallawahs would be a handful on this pitch. After the impressive performances in the last match Ross Taylor, Steven Jacobs and Samuel Badree are expected to retain their spots. Glenn Phillips, Rovman Powell, Ocean Thomas and Andre Russell will be the key players for the Tallawahs.
As for the Patriots, Devon Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell are expected to be back in place of Ibrahim Khalil, Jermiah Lewis and Anton Devcich. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will shoulder the responsibility of getting the team off to a good start while all-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Cutting would be expected to deliver with both bat and ball.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Jamaica Tallawahs - Glenn Phillips (wk), Johnson Charles, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, David Miller, Andre Russell (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Steven Jacobs, Samuel Badree, Oshane Thomas
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots- Chris Gayle (c), Evin Lewis, Rassie van der Dussen, Mahmudullah, Devon Thomas (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Tabraiz Shamsi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Jamaica Tallawahs
Head to Head – Matches 8, Jamaica Tallawahs 5, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 3
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rovman Powell (Jamaica Tallawahs), Chris Gayle (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ish Sodhi (Jamaica Tallawahs), Tabraiz Shamsi (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Most Sixes – Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs), Carlos Brathwaite (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)
Team Scores Batting First – Jamaica Tallawahs 140+, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 130+
*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.