About the Match
The Patriots registered a massive win against Zouks by 58 runs to move up to the 2nd position with 2 points; they will take on Tridents, who are placed at the bottom with zero points, on 5th July at Basseterre. The Tridents had lost their opening game against Trinbago Knight Riders by 11 runs after failing to reach the 171-run target; the Patriots on the other hand made a comeback after two straight losses against Warriors and Tallawahs earlier. Both teams will fight hard to dominate on the field; whichever side can perform under pressure, will have the edge to win on Tuesday.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
A thunderous 73 off 36 by Evin Lewis helped the team post 203 runs against the Zouks on Sunday; Thomas scripted a well-made 48 from 27 while Lendl Simmons scored 30 off 16, partnering with Lewis to post a 69-run opening stand. Spinners Badree, who put up a brilliant 2-22 and Shamsi, who dismissed Fletcher at a crucial juncture, helped the Patriots pull off a much-needed win by 58 runs. Brathwaite and Perera took a wicket each and along with Santokie, provide depth to the pace attack.
In the previous game against Tallawahs, the batsmen had failed to chase down 154 runs and the recent victory has surely boosted the morale of the team. The bowlers had done well against the Jamaicans as Shamsi and Perera took 2 wickets each but others like Santokie and Badree gave away too many runs.
They have a well-balanced batting squad with many experienced batsmen like Faf du Plessis, Simmons, Brad Hodge, Carter, Perera and Brathwaite; with Evin Lewis’s recent form, they can definitely pack a punch. The bowlers have been consistent and look good to fight it out whether in defending a target or restricting strong totals by the opponent.
While the bowlers Akeal Hossain and Ravi Rampaul took 2 wickets each to cause huge upsets for the Riders in the last game, none of them had a strategy to dismiss Amla and Bravo, who went on to build 170 runs. Shoaib Malik who had taken Amla’s wicket in the last over, tried to keep the scoreboard ticking with 28 runs but couple of run-outs down the order caused the Tridents to lose the match by 11 runs. AB de Villiers’ poor run continued here after the recently concluded Tri-series against the hosts and he will need to bounce back to form before it’s too late for the team.
Steven Taylor contributed well with a run-a-ball 37 while Pooran was brilliant with a quick fire 33 from just 12 deliveries; along with players like Kyle Hope, the experienced Pollard and all-rounder David Wiese, the Tridents surely have the resources to challenge any side with the run-flow.
Wayne Parnell has been in good form with his pace while Wiese and Rampaul can be instrumental in adding variety to the attack; Ashley Nurse, Shoaib Malik and Hossain bring in the spin skills and must focus on breaking partnerships against the Patriots.
Patriots will try to keep the winning momentum going here and could prove to be a tough nut to crack; Tridents has some big names in the batting line-up but their form is a cause for worry. The contest could swing either way but we feel Patriots are better placed to emerge victorious here.