About the Match
St. Lucia Stars continue to be at the bottom of the table with zero points, and are desperate for a win now; they will try to make amends with a win when they take on hosts St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Basseterre, St. Kitts on 19th August. The Patriots had registered a massive win earlier against St. Lucia Stars by 33 runs to make it to the third position in the table with 6 points; they will be determined to leverage the home advantage here and repeat the winning performance on Saturday. It needs to be seen which side can outwit the other on the field and come out with flying colours this time.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Batting first against St. Lucia Stars, Evin Lewis displayed his prowess with the bat as he posted a gigantic 92 off just 52 deliveries to give the team a strong 196-run total. All-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi contributed with 20+ runs each and the bowlers then defended it successfully thanks to a brilliant spin display by Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Nabi, who took 3 wickets each. Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi and speedster Hasan Ali also took a wicket each and they won the match by a whopping 33 runs.
However, recently against Knight Riders, they could muster only 158 runs batting first and the bowlers failed to defend it despite a superb display of spin by Nabi and Samuel Badree, who took 2 wickets apiece. Batsmen Shamarh Brooks and Jonathan Carter had pitched in with 30+ runs each but others like Chris Gayle, Brandon King and Mohammad Hafeez had missed the mark.
They have good resources with bat and ball, and having won before against St. Lucia, will have the psychological advantage to repeat the performance again.
St. Lucia Stars
Chasing 197 runs against Patriots in the earlier match, Andre Fletcher had been the lone fighter in the top-order, scoring a well-made 48. Marlon Samuels posted a quick fire 21 off 15 while lower-order players like Kyle Mayers and Rahkeem Cornwall pitched in with 20+ runs each. However, with no steady partnerships all throughout the chase, they lost the match by 33 runs in the end. Earlier, the bowling department had put up a lacklustre show with the speedsters giving away too many runs. Spinner Shane Shillingford had bowled economically while Jerome Taylor took 3-46; however, they couldn’t strategize well to restrict the opponents.
Against Amazon Warriors recently, opener Johnson Charles scored a superb 53 off 32 while others like Shane Watson and Darren Sammy contributed well. However, they could muster only 152 in the end following quick dismissals of players like Marlon Samuels and Kamran Akmal in the middle. Pacers Kyle Mayers, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jerome Taylor provided regular wickets while Shane Shillingford continued his good form, taking an important wicket. But they couldn’t stop the Warriors from hitting the winning runs eventually.
St. Lucia Stars are yet to win a match and they will be determined to make a comeback here on Saturday; if the batsmen can keep their wickets safe and build strong partnerships, then they might have a chance to avenge their previous defeat against the Patriots
St. Lucia Stars has lost to Patriots earlier but they have good resources to give a fitting reply here; while the match could go down the wire, we feel that St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots with the home advantage are clear favourites to emerge victorious again.