Series: Caribbean Premier League
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, Saint Kitts
Date: 15th September 2019
Time: 5:30 AM IST
Guyana Amazon Warriors, currently at the top of the table having won all their games, will be intent on maintaining their winning start when they travel to Saint Kitts for their first game away from home.
The Warriors have won three on the trot at home but enter a crucial phase of the season where they will look to maintain their momentum on the road. The arrival of Imran Tahir – one of their best players last season – will be a big boost for the side and will more than compensate for the loss of Shadab Khan who had to leave because of domestic commitments.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the other hand, have won just one game and lost on three occasions. Their lone victory was a stunning one as they chased down Jamaica Tallawahs’ massive target of 241 with relative ease. However, the Patriots failed to build on that result and lost to Barbados Tridents in their very next game.
They will now be looking to register a victory against the Amazon Warriors to get their season back on track.
Scattered showers are predicted on the day of the match while there will also be a lot of humidity, making life difficult for the players.
Warner Park has a decent batting track, although the average first innings score at this venue is just 135. Seamers tend to get some swing early on but batsmen should find the going easy once they get their eye in. The Patriots conceded 180 runs last time around and that might just be the par score at this venue this season.
With the threat of rain looming large, the captain that wins the toss will look to field first.
There are no injury concerns for either side.
Possible playing XI
Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Jason Mohammed, Shamarh Books, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
Laurie Evans: Evans arrived in the Caribbean following Sussex’s quarter-final defeat in the T20 Blast and wasted no time in making an impact, scoring 41 in the first game and 64 in the second.
Devon Thomas: Thomas has two half-centuries to his name in four games and even managed a sublime 62 the last time these two sides met. He has improved by leaps and bounds ever since being promoted up the order and that was evident in his stunning 71 against Jamaica Tallawahs.
Sheldon Cottrell: Cottrell missed out on the last two games, but he’s expected to make his return this time around. Cottrell has the pace and guile to trouble any opposition in the world and will be looking to get among the wickets.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Green, Ben Laughlin, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir
Shimron Hetmyer: Hetmyer played an integral role in one of the Warriors’ wins against Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriot last season and repeated the feat when the two sides met earlier this season, amassing 70 unbeaten runs.
Nicholas Pooran: Pooran has looked sharp of late. He hit three fours and five sixes in his innings of 61 against Barbados. This was his 11th T20 half-century and he also boasts a strike rate of 144.34 in the shortest format of the game.
Romario Shepherd: Shepherd produced a sensational spell with the ball in the last game against Barbados Tridents, his 4-13 propelling his side to victory.
Laurie Evans (batsman) – Laurie Evans has had a great impact in the short time he has been in this tournament and given that he costs only 8.5 points, he should be one of the first names to be picked.
Fabian Allen (all-rounder) – Fabian Allen has starred with both bat and ball in this tournament, making it hard to overlook him.
Imran Tahir (bowler) – Tahir hasn’t played a single game in the CPL so far but with Shadab Khan unavailable, he is expected to make his season debut. Despite entering the twilight of his career, Tahir remains a top performer and can be backed to come up with the goods in this game.
Laurie Evans – Evans has already notched up scores of 41 and 64 thus far and with the wicket not expected to offer much assistance to the bowlers, he can be backed to score some big runs.
Shimron Hetmyer – Hetmyer is capable of taking the game away from the opposition in the matter of a few overs with his big-hitting abilities. Moreover, he has a great record against the Patriots and is a good choice for captaincy.
Devon Thomas – Thomas has two half-centuries to his name already and is in a rich vein of form heading into this contest.
Dream 11 team
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