Cricket Prediction – St Kitts takes on Tridents in the battle to seal Semi-final spot September 5, 2018
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Tridents Info:
Date of match: September 5, 2018
Time of Match: 03:30 IST
Location of Match: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Stage: Group Stage
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League
Team A: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Team B: Barbados Tridents
Team A Captain: Chris Gayle
Team B Captain: Jason Holder
CPL is an interesting league. In this league, only 6 teams play and out of which 4 qualify for the semi-finals. One might think the competition might be less here compared to some other leagues being played around the world. While that might be the case, that also increases the chances of every team to qualify to the next round. Hence, this game between St Kitts and Barbados Tridents will be extremely crucial for both the teams.
All the teams except St Lucia Stars are still in contention of reaching the knockouts. The teams who are at the top of the table like Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinbago Knight Riders have won 5 games and 4 games respectively and one would assume that teams with 6 wins will definitely make the next round. That makes the things both tricky and interesting for St Kitts and Tridents. Both have played 7 and 6 games respectively and both will need to win all their remaining games in order to make it 6 wins out of the remaining games. Fair to say CPL is still wide open for all the teams.
In order to achieve their goal, the captains of both the teams Chris Gayle and Jason Holder will have to continue playing their A game and inspire rest of the team members to come good. The good thing for St Kitts is that they have the momentum on their side. In their last 4 games, they have won 2 lost 1 and 1 was abandoned. Tridents, on the other hand, have won only one game out the last 4 games. Clearly, the things need to change for Tridents soon or they will be the second side to crash out after St Lucia.
For St Kitts, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will hold the key. While Chris Gayle has been the highest scorer for them with 262 runs in the tournament so far, Lewis hasn’t been able to do much so far. If both these men or even one plays to their potential St Kitts will be in a very good position. Their bowlers too like Sheldon Cottrell and Carlos Brathwaite will have to come good to restrict their opponents to a par score.
For Tridents, the young talent Shai Hope and dynamic Dwayne Smith have been the highest scorers with 225 and 224 runs respectively so far in the tournament. While they have been good, their bowlers like Wahab Riaz who has picked up 10 wickets so far in the tournament will have to do more if Tridents have to progress.
The Caribbean Premier League’s group stage is now in its last leg. Teams are now playing their last few games of the group stage and almost all the teams are still in contention of playing in the semi-finals. Amidst this St Kitts will be playing their last group game against the Barbados Tridents. So far in the tournament, St Kitts have won 3 games out of the 7 games played while one was abandoned. Barbados Tridents, on the other hand, have won just 2 games out of the 6 games played and have lost 4. At the time of writing this piece, St Kitts were placed at number 4 in the points table while Tridents are at the last position.
ST KITTS AND NEVIS PATRIOTS STARTING LINEUP
- Chris Gayle
- Evin Lewis
- BA King
- DC Thomas
- TLW Cooper
- AP Devcich
- Ben Cutting
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Sheldon Cottrel
- HR Walsh
BARBADOS TRIDENTS STARTING LINEUP
- Hashim Amla
- MJ Guptill
- Shai Hope
- SPD Smith
- Jason Holder
- N Pooran
- I Khan
- AR Nurse
- Wahab Riaz
- CK Holder
- Mohammed Irfan
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In the last game played at this ground, Amazon Warriors won the game against St Kitts by chasing the total of 168 runs. The teams would like to do the same this time as well.
MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH
Pitch in Basseterre, St Kitts will be great to bat on and it is expected to be the same throughout the innings. The last game was abandoned here due to the rain however on this game day it is expected to be clear and we can expect a full game.
BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION
St Kitts looks a better-balanced side and will be our choice for this game. They have firepower at the top due to their openers. They also have wonderful all-rounders who can do the damage on their day. Tridents, on the other hand, looks short on firepower and will struggle here.