About the Match
The Tridents have registered three straight wins to continue to be on the top of the table in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League with 6 points and will now take on newcomers Patriots in the 7th match of the series on 27th June at Bridgetown. The Patriots lost their opening game against Zouks and are yet to open their points tally whereas Tridents are flying high after their 8-wicket win against Red Steel, which came after victories against Warriors and Tallawahs in their first two outings. The contest will surely be entertaining with fireworks expected from both teams; it needs to be seen which side can dominate and emerge victorious on Saturday.
Jason Holder’s astonishing 3-11 with the ball demolished Red Steel batting line-up and with help from other bowlers like Rampaul, Mendis, Peterson and Pollard who all picked up a wicket each at quick intervals, the Tridents restricted the opposition to a lowly 95 runs in yesterday’s match. The batsmen had it easy and reached the target by the 14th over itself with Smith and Munaweera scoring 30+ runs each; Shoaib Malik and Carter did enough to take the team safely home. It was an emphatic win and the team continues to rule the opponent on the field with an all-round performance from all quarters. In the previous match against Tallawahs, they first posted a good total of 161 runs on board and then the bowlers defended it well to win the match by 16 runs; Peterson had claimed 3 wickets in that match while Rampaul, Emrit and Pollard picked up 2 wickets each to stifle the opposition. They are a well-balanced side with established batsmen like Smith, Malik, Pollard and Carter and bowlers like Peterson, Holder, Rampaul, Emrit and Pollard who have been consistent with the wickets. They definitely go in as favourites to win the upcoming match against the Patriots.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Apart from Martin Guptill, Marlon Samuels and Shahid Afridi, the rest of the batting line-up is fairly less experienced and they need to come out with more confidence in scoring the big runs. In the first match against the Zouks, they could only amass 149 runs batting first wherein Samuels played a captain’s knock scoring 52 off 37 while Devon Thomas and Sohail Tanvir contributed to keep the scoreboard ticking. However, the bowling department failed to impress with Cottrell and Afridi giving away easy runs to the Zouks; Nikhil Dutta claimed 2-32 and Shamsi picked up one wicket but the others couldn’t restrict the opposition from reaching the modest target. They need to pull up their socks and perform better with both bat and ball if they want to start winning matches here. They do have experienced players, who can guide the youngsters to do better and must strategize well against the Tridents batsmen to give a tough fight on Saturday.
Although the Patriots will throw some challenges to the opponent in the upcoming match, we feel that the Tridents with three straight victories are better placed to win on Saturday and continue with their winning momentum