Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots - CPL 2016 game 14 - preview and live cricket streaming
Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Caribbean Premier League 2016, game 14, Barbados
Wednesday, 13th July, 20:00 local, 00:00 GMT (next day)
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After Guyana Amazon Warriors finished their home leg of the tournament with a fifth win of the Caribbean Premier League 2016 last night, all eyes are now on the Tridents and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for game 14.
Guyana went into match 13 as favourites and duly delivered, hammering the Zouks by eight wickets with Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammed continuing their fine form.
Now five points clear, it is up to the others to try to catch them up, starting with Tridents, in fourth place with three points, and the Patriots, in fifth place with two points.
Tridents' much-anticipated first game at home against Jamaica Tallawahs was unfortunately washed out after just 10 overs, giving us very little to go on in terms of form and conditions, apart from the fact that Chris Gayle was not too badly affected by his duck in the previous match and that there are runs to be had at Kensington Oval.
In what play was possible, Tridents saw their slower bowlers take some punishment so they may opt to change the make-up of their attack or when they decide to bring them on to bowl.
When these two sides met in Saint Kitts, Evan Lewis struck a half-century and Jonathan Carter made 41 for the home side before Tridents won by seven wickets, Shoaib Malik and AB de Villiers both scoring half-centuries.
Although with just one win from five matches, the Patriots are at the wrong end of the table and have played more games than the Zouks, who are the only team below them, Shoaib is taking nothing for granted.
"Even if you are not playing good cricket you have the opportunity to come back," he said.
"Even though they didn’t play well in their home conditions, obviously they are going to bounce back. They have a decent team and I think in this format whatever the situation or whatever the conditions you go out there and give your best shot.
"For us the way we played well against them in their home conditions I think our aggression was controlled and we are going to play this game the same way and I am sure it is going to be a good battle between two good teams."
Shoaib is enjoying a good tournament, having scored 82 runs in two innings and taken three wickets so far, and he enjoys the opportunity to be involved throughout the game as an all-rounder.
"There is pressure being an all-rounder, but you have more opportunity.
"You have two options, if you fail in one you still have the second option.
"I am enjoying playing as an all-rounder, my goal is to be consistent which will give my team an edge."
Meanwhile, the Patriots must know they need to produce some results, especially given that they play no more matches at home so spend the rest of the tournament on the road.
Starting that challenge in Barbados won't be easy, but if they are to make it to the play-offs, they can't afford to wait too much longer.
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