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|Rassie van der Dussen||45||24||4||2||187.50|
|Colin de Grandhomme||1.0||0||17||0||17.00|
|Colin de Grandhomme||14||5||1||1||280.00|
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have now gone three matches without a win, although, one of those matches was rained out. The fact that four out of six teams will qualify for the knockouts is the only reason that the Patriots are still in with a good chance of progressing from the group stages. Every loss, though, makes the Patriots more susceptible to the Barbados Tridents in the fight for the final spot.
The Tridents will be taking on the Jamaica Tallawahs, a side that is much happier with its feet back on Caribbean soil! The Tallawahs have won all five of their matches in the Caribbean and lost all three that they played in Florida. A win here will take them to the top of the table.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots are regressing as the tournament is progressing and that should be a big worry for the side. Chris Gayle has looked to be in decent form throughout this tournament but has been unable to score the big runs he is so well known for.
Evin Lewis managed to get a fifty in the last game but he too has been going through a torrid time. It was these two players that were supposed to provide the bulk of the runs for the Patriots and that has clearly not happened.
What is also surprising is that some very decent T20 players from around the world have failed to have the impact on the CPL that they would have wanted. Devcich, Cutting, Mahmudullah are three excellent T20 players with a wealth of experience at their disposal.
Neither of the three players has been able to score enough runs or pick wickets at regular intervals. The Patriots could do much worse than sending these three players up the order and backing them to come good.
The St. Kitts side has not been able to provide the runs their bowlers need so far. For a sie whose bowling is among the weaker units in the competition, that is something unacceptable.
Cottrell had one good game but he has been expensive throughout. Craig Braithwaite is a better bowler than before but still not good enough to be leading an attack. If Alzarri Joseph and Ben Cutting cannot get their act together then the Patriots are going to continue to struggle for the remainder of their campaign.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, RVD Dussen, DC Thomas, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Anton Devcich, F Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph.
The Tallawahs returned to winning ways as soon as they hit the Caribbean after their Florida sojourn and are currently joint points leaders of the league, although, they have played one game more. The Tallawahs would not want to relinquish any of the momentum they have built up in the last two matches and want to win against the Patriots at all costs.
The Tallawahs were our pick for winning the tournament before the start of the CPL and the team is certainly shaping up to be title contenders. Runs from most of their top-order batsmen put them in good shape and some incredible power down the order makes them very dangerous.
Glenn Phillips and Johnson Charles have been very good at the top of the order. One or both of the players has been getting a good score in almost every match. Their run scoring is also very rapid.
Kennar Lewis, Rovman Powell, David Miller, and Andre Russell make up the strongest and the most dangerous middle order in this tournament. Each and every player has the ability to hit multiple sixes at any stage of the game.
We have been very impressed with Powell in particular because it looks like he has taken his batting to an all new level. The only major problem for the Tallawahs seems to be allocating the best batting position to all of its players.
Maybe if they are chasing a big total or get off to a really good start then Russell and Powell can come up the order.
The addition of Colin de Grandhomme to the side has also helped the Tallawahs become a stronger unit. He is another dangerous power hitter and contributes with the ball as well. Thanks to him, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Samuel Badree, Adam Zampa, and Andre Russell, the Tallawahs have a very good bowling lineup as well.
The Tallawahs are peaking nicely in the tournament and stopping them is going to be difficult for any team that comes up against them.
GD Phillips, J Charles, K Lewis, Rovman Powell, SR Taylor, David Miller, Andre Russell, Colin de Grandhomme, Krishmar Santokie, Adam Zampa, Oshane Thomas.
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The pitch at St. Kitts has been good for batting. It is a typically modern Caribbean surface which is flat and offers nothing to the bowlers. The lack of pace can actually hurt the batsmen too but such pitches have become the norm across the West Indies in the last decade or so.
The weather forecast is decent for this match. Only a 20% chance of rain has been forecast, which is perfectly acceptable in the islands. A score of around 180 should be considered par.
The Tallawahs beat the Patriots very comfortably when they met earlier this season and we think they are going to be able to do the same thing again in this match.
Back the Jamaica Tallawahs to win.