After Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Lucia Stars by no less than 100 runs, it's time for the encounter between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Runners-up of CPL 2017, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots take on Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second fixture of the league. While the Patriots ended as the runners-up in the last season, winning six of their 10 games, the Warriors finished at the fourth place in the league stage with five wins and as many defeats from 10 matches.
Both teams have clashed with each other six times out of which Warriors have won four and Patriots have won two.
For the Patriots, captain Chris Gayle and fellow opener Evin Lewis were the star performers in 2017 with them scoring 375 and 355 runs respectively. However, the two players are not in the same from this time around as they had a lukewarm season at the Global T20 Canada League. Especially, Evin Lewis has not been able to get off the blocks and would love to bounce back.
The team will also miss the Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. However, he would be replaced by Sandeep Lamichhane who would be available till the qualifiers of the Asia Cup begin. Carlos Braithwaite would also be a key player for the Patriots.
On the other hand, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will count on Chadwick Walton and his opening partner Luke Ronchi both of whom have had a decent run of form in the recent times. In the bowling department, Imran Tahir will have the responsibility of spinning out the opposition while Sohail Tanvir, who was the leading wicket taker in CPL 2017, would look to replicate his performance.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots- Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Mahmadullah, Tom Cooper, Jeremiah Louis, Sheldon Cottrell, Devon Thomas, Carlos Braithwaite, Ben Cutting and Sandeep Lamichhane.
Guyana Amazon Warriors- Shoaib Malik (C), Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Rayad Emrit, Roshon Primus, Imran Tahir, Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi and Sohail Tanvir.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Guyana Amazon Warriors
Head to Head – Matches 6, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 2, Guyana Amazon Warriors 4
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Luke Ronchi (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sandeep Lamichhane (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Imran Tahir (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Most Sixes – Evin Lewis (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Team Scores Batting First – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160+, Guyana Amazon Warriors 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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