As we enter the 2nd week of the Caribbean Premier League the excitement is palpable and the bandwagon now shifts to Kingston, Jamaica. The clash between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots is like the one between David and Goliath. Patriots are the clear underdogs and facing a rejuvenated Tallawahs side under Chris Gayle would’ve been the last thing they could ask at this stage. In this article we provide you with the preview and predictions along with the expected lineups.
In the 9th game of the 3rd edition of the Caribbean Premier League St Kitts & Nevis Patriots will face Jamaica Tallawahs at their home, Warner Park, Basseterre o Tuesday, 30th June 2015. This will be the first time that the tournament’s new boys, Patriots will be playing at their home. The ground was voted the best ground in the league last time around and the pitch may once again favor the batsmen. The game is scheduled to be a 06:00 PM Local Time start.
Both the teams didn’t start the tournament on a winning note but Jamaica Tallawahs made a big statement of intent with a 10-wicket trashing of the St Lucia Zouks in their previous match. On the other hand Patriots had to face a 7-wicket drubbing in their opening game due to which their Net Run Rate took a beating and this match will be all the more crucial as the league is all about momentum. Tallawahs would draw confidence from their superlative performance from the last game where their bowling were up to the task and then captain Gayle showed his ability with an unbeaten 90. But Patriots have quite a bit of areas where they need to improve if they have to turn the tide and will look towards the experienced duo of Marlon Samuels and Shahid Afridi to show them the way. Playing at home will be an advantage for Patriots as they would’ve adapted to the conditions and will be looking to make full use of it
St Kits & Nevis Patriots
Marlon Samuels, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Matin Guptill, Orlando Peters, Evin Lewis, Shane Dowrich, Devon Thomas, Sheldon Cotterrell, Tabraiz Shamsi, Nikhil Dutta
Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Chris Lynn, Mahela Jayawardene, Horace Miller, Andre Russell, Daniel Vettori, Juan Theron, Jerome Taylor, Krishmar Santokie, Nikita Miller.
On paper and current form Jamaica Tallawahs look a stronger side and with adequate strength in bowling and batting they would be favorites to win against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. It would be an uphill task for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and they would’ve their task cut out. As per Sportsmirchi.com predictions Jamaica Tallawahs are favorites and have 70 percent chances of winning against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.