Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 1st Match Prediction2019-09-06
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Trinbago Knight Riders
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Trinbago Knight Riders
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Man of the Match: James Neesham
?Trinbago Knight Riders successfully defended the title last season and are the three-time champions and the most successful team in the CPL
?St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots ended as runners-up in the 2017 season losing to Knight Riders in the finals
?Trinbago Knight Riders won both their matches against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last season
?Knight Riders have a 6-2 win-loss record over Patriots
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to win the match!
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Caribbean Premier League steps into the seventh season this year 2019 and it is creating a big interest among the cricket fans all over the world. West Indies players are the most sought after players in the T20 cricket leagues and now they all assemble together to put on a grand show in the CPL.
Defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the opening game of the tournament. Trinbago Knight Riders are the Champions of 2017 & 2018 season and are looking to make it a third title in a row. They are the most consistent team in CPL history and have never failed to reach the top 4 in all the seasons. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots ended up in third place last season after losing the Qualifier 2 match against Knight Riders. They are yet to win the title and will look to make history with their maiden title this season.
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Knight Riders are led by one of the enigmatic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. He is one of the most experienced T20 players with more than 400 matches to his name. Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, and Denesh Ramdin will form the core of batting line-up as the local players and have experience of representing various T20 leagues. They will miss the services of Kiwi trio of Brendan McCullum, Colin Munro, and Jimmy Neesham. Brendon McCullum retired from all forms of cricket whereas Munro and Neesham will join the team in the second week owing to their national duties. Javon Searles, Pakistani Mohammed Hasnain, and USA`s Ali Khan are the pace bowlers expected to play in the starting XI. Sunil Narine will lead the spin bowling attack of the team and will look to bamboozle the batsmen. Impressive youngster Khary Pierre and Sri Lankan Seekuge Prasanna fill to share the spin bowling duties with the Sunil Narine and form a very potent spin attack.
Ali Khan – Ali Khan had an excellent season last year picking up 16 wickets at an economy of just 7.8 RPO. He is one of the players from Associate nation United States to make a name for himself in the CPL.
Kieron Pollard – Pollard has changed team form St.Lucia stars to Knight Riders this season. He scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 160 in the last season and scored a century and half-century last season.
Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Javon Searles, S Prasanna, LMP Simmons, Tion Webster, Mohammad Hasnain, James Neesham
Dwayne Bravo (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Ali Khan, Khary Pierre, Javon Searles, Tion Webster, Mohammed Hasnain, Akael Hossain
The Patriots campaign was ended in the last two seasons with a defeat by Knight Riders and they will look to avenge for their defeats in this season. They are led the tall West Indian T20 Skipper Carlos Brathwaite. The Patriots team looks stronger this year with the addition of a lot of new star players. Chris Gayle has left the team and joined Jamaica Tallawahs. Evin Lewis, Shamarh Brooks, Devon Thomas, Mohammed Hafeez, and Laurie Evans form an excellent batting line-up with a lot of experience between them. Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph form a deadly combo in the fast bowling department and will look to rattle the opposition with pace and bounce. All-rounders Ryan Emrit, Fabian Allen and Skipper Brathwaite will add a lot of depth to both the bowling and batting departments. They look like a complete unit with a lot of match-winners in bowling and batting departments.
Evin Lewis – Evin Lewis is going through a rough patch with his batting in the international circuit. He will look to regain form and confidence with some good knocks in the CPL 2019 season.
Sheldon Cottrell – Sheldon ‘Salute’ Cottrell, as he is fondly called, has grown leaps and bounds from the last season. He is making the right noises in the international circuit with his bowling.
Jason Mohammed, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite, Kjorn Ottley, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Usama Mir, RR Emrit, Devon Thomas, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen
Evin Lewis, Shamarh Brooks, Devon Thomas, Mohammed Hafeez, Laurie Evans, Ryan Emrit, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Usama Mir
Port is Spain is one of the batting paradises in the Caribbean and batsmen scored a lot of runs here last season. The average score in this pitch last season was around 180 runs. The weather looks bright and sunny and we can expect a full match with no interruptions.
Teams batting first have won 4 out of the 5 matches played here last season and the lowest score by a team batting first here is 170 runs.
Knight Riders have a good record over the Patriots in the last two seasons and they also have a good all-round team at their disposal. Patriots have a team full of star players’ such as Lewis, Cottrell, Joseph, Brathwaite, and Hafeez who provide great depth to the team. Knight Riders will miss Munro, Neesham, and Darren Bravo in the first match owing to national duties.
Our prediction is St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to win the match!
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