About the Match
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots registered a stunning victory against last year runners-up, Amazon Warriors by winning their opening game at Florida by 4 wickets. The Patriots are now second on the table with 2 points and will play against the same opponent Amazon Warriors on 6th August at the same venue in Florida. The Warriors faced a middle-order collapse and could muster only 123 runs batting first; the Patriots chased the target comfortably with one over to spare. The upcoming game will see both sides coming out with all their firepower to overcome the challenges on the field and emerge victoriously.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Speedster Hasan Ali struck early to dismiss two Guyana's batsmen in the game against Warriors; he gave away just 19 runs during his 4-over spell and along with Carlos Brathwaite, spinners Samuel Badree and Sheldon Cottrell, restricted the Warriors to 123 runs.
Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle fell quickly against the Warriors’ pace attack but all-rounders Jonathan Carter and Carlos Brathwaite shouldered the responsibility of the chase very well to win the match by 4 wickets. While Carter scored 29 off 30, Brathwaite registered a quick 31 off 19 deliveries. Others like Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 19 runs, Brandon King and wicket-keeper Devon Thomas bring stability to the middle-order.
They did well to stun the Warriors in the opening game, and captain Chris Gayle would be motivated to do better in the upcoming game with the bat. They have good resources with bat and ball, and if the bowlers succeed to contain the opposition’s run-flow again, it could be another win for the team.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Chadwick Walton opened the innings well, batting first against Patriots, as he posted a brilliant 60 off 51; Martin Guptill and Babar Azam confidently scored the 20+ runs each but the others down the line fell cheap like a pack of cards. The Warriors could muster only 123 runs at the loss of 7 wickets and the bowlers felt the heat of the low total on hand.
Speedsters Rayad Emrit, Steven Jacobs, and Sohail Tanvir did a wonderful job, taking 5 wickets between them while also putting up disciplined spells; however, it was an uphill task to win after the Patriots’ lower-order posted a late challenge.
The batting unit has players like Jason Mohammad, Steven Taylor, and Keemo Paul, who can do better with the willow in the upcoming game; Rashid Khan and Veerasammy Permaul bring their spin skills to the table, which Guptill will make use of against the Patriots. The middle-order batsmen must come through for the team whether batting first or during the chase, and they could well make a comeback here on Sunday.
The Patriots pulled off a surprising win against a strong team like Amazon Warriors, which has some big names; they have received a major morale boost and could out up another good fight. It is possible that the Warriors will try their best to not to be stung twice in a row, but St. Kitts with a good mix of batsmen and bowlers are better placed to register yet another win here.