Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for CPL 2018 Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Although St Kitts & Nevis Patriots were the last team to qualify for the playoffs, they have stepped up their game winning all of their last three encounters.
Trinbago Knight Riders on the other hand are the defending Champions and were going very well but have probably lost their way in the final stages of the league. They have lost two matches on the trot but given the firepower, the team is expected to bounce back. However, on the whole Trinbago Knight Riders are better placed than the Patriots as they have won seven of their last 10 matches.
The match will be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. TKR have something to rejoice as they have won both their last games at this venue. Jamaica Tallawahs led by Andre Russell were the favourites in the Eliminator but instead St Kitts & Nevis Patriots came out victorious and now have a good chance of winning the tournament.
Sunil Narine and Ali Khan are expected to retain their spot in place of Nikita Miller and Anderson Philip. Narine was promoted to the top of the order again in the last match but he could not come up with anything special.
Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum are expected to open the innings while Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo will form the backbone of the middle order. In the bowling department, Fawad Ahmed, Dwayne Bravo and Ali Khan have been the mainstays.
For the Patriots, it is their batting which is the stronger suite with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis at the top followed by Anton Devcich and Devon Thomas. Devcich came back to form in the last match and would be expected to continue his run .
All-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Cutting have provided balance to the side with Cutting being more than a capable batsman. Despite all of this, we predict Trinbago Knight Riders to have an upper hand over the Patriots.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots- Chris Gayle (c), Evin Lewis, Rassie van der Dussen, Anton Devcich, Brandon King, Devon Thomas (wk), Ben Cutting, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Tabraiz Shamsi
Trinbago Knight Riders - Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Colin Ingram, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (c), Sunil Narine, Kevon Cooper, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Trinbago Knight Riders
Head to Head – Matches 10, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 3, Trinbago Knight Riders 7
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Colin Munro (Trinbago Knight Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sheldon Cottrell (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Fawad Ahmed (Trinbago Knight Riders)
Most Sixes – Evin Lewis (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders)
Team Scores Batting First – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 150+, Trinbago Knight Riders 160+
*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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