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After a five-month long drought, we are finally back to mainstream Cricket. The past few weeks have brought immense happiness for the Cricket fans across the globe as Cricket seems to be returning to normalcy, albeit without spectators at the ground. Even though fans won't be there to roar and cheer in the stadium for their favorite teams for some matches to come, the pressure and the entertainment are expected to be at their usual highs in the T20 tournaments to follow.
The T20 season is set to begin with Caribbean Premier League and its first match is to be played on 18th August between Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors. In the second match of the day, Barbados Tridents will take on St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad. Although the two sides are not front-runners for the title race, both sides are more than capable to make their presence felt and prove otherwise. Barbados Tridents proved that last year as they claimed the trophy despite not starting as favorites. Over the years, Barbados Tridents has been the better team between the two, and taking on the Tridents will not be an easy task for the Patriots. Having said that, they have a talented bunch of players and are capable to topple any team on their day. We expect both sides to come out hard a cracker of the contest to conclude the opening day of the long-awaited Caribbean Premier League 2020.
While Barbados Tridents aren't the most flamboyant of the Caribbean T20 sides, they get the job done. Despite being far from favorites in the CPL 2014 and CPL 2019, they finished as title-holders. The story of their road to title in 2019 was a lot more remarkable as they defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors, the team that was undefeated up until then, to grab the trophy. In addition to that, they bounced back to reach the finale after having a dreadful start, winning only two of their first six matches.
Last year, Barbados Tridents featured a terrific lineup consisting of experienced T20 stalwarts in Harry Gurney, Marcus Stoinis, and Alex Hales, but they all have been replaced this time around. The absence of Shakib Al Hasan and JP Duminy, who both were brilliant exponents in both the departments, is likely to be felt as well.
In 2019, Tridents was a bowling heavy team as batting took the back seat. This year, however, their management appears to have bolstered the batting, but the bowling doesn't seem as good as it was last year, at least on paper. With the likes of Gurney, Duminy, and Shakib no longer there, all their hopes will rest on the shoulders of Rashid Khan and Hayden Walsh. Hayden Walsh finished as the player of the series last year despite missing the first three matches and Rashid Khan has always been a key player in T20s. The duo is capable enough to rock any batting lineup in the world, but the support they get from the other bowlers will be the key to the Tridents' success.
Considering that most of the matches are going to be played on the dry surfaces, the presence of quality spinners will be advantageous and the Tridents have them in good numbers. Ashley Nurse, Mitchell Santner, and Jason Holder could be the perfect partner for Rashid Khan and Hayden Walsh. However, they do not have much experience in the fast bowling department, and keeping the scoring rate down at the death could be a steep challenge for them.
While the Tridents have tried to buff up their batting, they would still need to find someone who can assist Corey Anderson to deal big blows in the slog overs. Shai Hope has an immaculate white-ball record, but he hasn't been able to prove himself in the T20s yet and this edition of CPL could prove to be a turning point for him. It was Johnson Charles who single-handedly dragged the Tridents' batting and there is expected to a fair bit of pressure on him this time around as well.
All in all, the Tridents appear to be a fairly settled unit and the presence of many all-rounders adds to their balance. With the likes of Corey Anderson, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, and Mitchell Santner, they bat deep and have variety in the bowling department. Having said that, with Holder being the only experienced fast bowler available, bowling at death won't be an easy task for them and it will be interesting to see how they deal with that.
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Corey Anderson, Jonathan Carter, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Kyle Mayers, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Hayden Walsh Jr.
The Patriots had a campaign similar to that of Tridents last year but failed to top-off their surge with a title finish. The Patriots have been one of the most consistent sides of the tournament in recent years, but are still to taste success. In 2019, they won four of their last five matches to reach the knockout round for the third time in three years only to be knocked out by Trinbago Knight Riders in the eliminator.
While the Patriots have made quite a few changes to bolster their lineup, the issues they had last year still seem to persist. Barring the services of Ish Sodhi, their spin attack seems to be non-existent and it could be a major factor as the surfaces are only going to get slower and lower as the tournament progresses. Additionally, the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, Devon Thomas, Mohammad Hafeez, and Fabian Allen are no longer there in the side. With Sheldon Cotrell, Alzarri Joseph, Sohail Tanvir, and Rayad Emrit, they have a decent set of pace bowlers.
Not all looks gloomy for the Patriots, though. They have one of the most explosive batting in the competition with the likes of Evin Lewis, Chris Lynn, Ben Dunk, and Nick Kelly available at the top of the order. It would only take one of these to fire to put any set of bowlers under pressure. Denesh Ramdin's experience behind the stumps and in the middle could come in handy for them as well.
For the Patriots, the build-up to the competition hasn't been great. Considering that Simon Helmot, their head coach, was forced to leave after testing positive for nCov-19 and the rest of the staff to join the team in early August, they might be far from settled plus a bit jittery, especially in the early part of the tournament.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots arguably have the most explosive batting lineup coupled with the best fast-bowling attack. However, they seem to be lacking the balance and that could prove to be costly in crunch situations. In addition to that, their bowling isn't expected to thrive on Trinidad's surface, which is expected to be a bit slower. All in all, they are a good team, but a bit over-dependent on one or two players to drag them over the line.
Denesh Ramdin, Joshua De Silva, Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Ben Dunk, Jahmar Hamilton, S Tanvir, Sheldon Cottrell, RR Emrit, Ish Sodhi, Alzarri Joseph.
While teams generally prefer to bowl first when the weather is unpredictable, it might not be the case here in this match. The rain is expected to be in the earlier part of the day and the impact on the match is likely to be minimal. Also, the surface is known to get difficult to bat on in the second innings and that will certainly be a factor playing the minds of both the skippers. Therefore, batting first should be the way to go for the captain winning the toss.
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While the teams are preparing hard for the opening day, the weather gods might not be kind enough to permit a play without interruptions. It is expected to be a cloudy day with showers in the morning. The average score here in T20s, which is around 150, speaks volumes about the difficulty of scoring at this ground. The surface tends to favor the spinners, but the moisture on the surface due to rain in the morning will keep the quick bowlers interested as well. With assistance likely to be there for the bowlers, the team batting first should be content with any total of over 160.
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There is a striking contrast between the two teams' combination. While Barbados Tridents have a plethora of options available in all departments of the game, the Patriots seem to be banking heavily on the specialists. Furthermore, the Patriots have a pace-heavy bowling attack as compared to the Tridents' attack, which is full of spin-bowling options. Being defending champions and having the full-strength squad, Barbados Tridents will be more confident of the two sides. The Tridents have a well-rounded bowling attack coupled with an overall better-balanced unit and, therefore, they are our pick as the winners for the upcoming contest.
Bet on Barbados Tridents to win the match.
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Over 20.5, 1.87
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Even though Shai Hope has a terrific record in white-ball Cricket, he isn't rated as highly in the T20s. Much of that has to do with the sheet anchor role he generally plays in the fifty over cricket. Hope starts slow and likes to take his time before going for riskier shots. In the upcoming match as well, he is likely to play the sheet anchor role, and is, therefore, unlikely to take too many risks early on in his innings. The odds of Shai Hope scoring in the 20s are high and this bet certainly looks lucrative.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 1.85
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The two teams are likely to have contrasting plans in their respective minds, as far as batting in the powerplay is concerned. While Patriots' top-order is extremely explosive with the likes of Lynn and Lewis available, the Tridents are likely to be a bit cautious in the opening few overs. Additionally, the Patriots have a strong fast bowling department, which could be difficult to score against in the early overs. Considering the above-mentioned factors, we think that the Patriots are likely to be ahead on the scoreboard after the conclusion of the first powerplay.
Barbados Tridents, 1.66
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With Ish Sodhi being the only experienced spinner available, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots' bowling attack appears to be one-dimensional. The surface, on the contrary, is likely to offer some assistance to the slower bowlers. Barbados Tridents have an array of spinners available at their disposal, including Rashid Khan. In addition to that, the Patriots' batsmen are naturally aggressive and are likely to take more risks to score quickly on a difficult surface, thereby offering more chances to the Tridents. This bet certainly offers a relatively low-risk opportunity for a quick profit.
Evin Lewis, 1.57
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Evin Lewis is an aggressive batsman known for his huge hits. In the 148 matches that he has played, he has sent the ball flying across the boundary rope on 282 occasions, an average of around two times an innings. He is playing at his home ground and will, therefore, be well aware of the surface. There is a high chance that he will hit at least one six in his innings and that is all that is required for this bet to be profitable.
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