About the Match
Trinbago Knight Riders smashed away 160 runs against Guyana Amazon Warriors to win the Qualifier match and clinch their place in the finals of the Caribbean Premier League; they will go up against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots for the title clash on 9th September at Trinidad. The Patriots had made entry to the finals by defeating the Knight Riders earlier and they will try to repeat the winning performance to bring home the trophy for the first time. Knight Riders, on the other hand, have a boosted morale and could come out all guns blazing in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Gayle’s well-made 54 helped them set-up a 150-run target against Trinbago Knight Riders in the qualifier match; Brandon King and Mohammad Hafeez also contributed well to keep the scoreboard moving. Then the bowlers struck at regular intervals to defend the score and take the team home to the finals of the CPL for the first-time ever. Sheldon Cottrell was superb with the figures of 3-17 while spinners Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Nabi and Pacers Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Hilfenhaus took a wicket each to restrict Knight Riders to 111.
Evin Lewis’ stunning 97 off just 32 deliveries steered the team to a 10-wicket victory against Barbados Tridents earlier, and he is in good form. Carlos Brathwaite took a brilliant 4-15 to restrict the opponents to 128; he is a strong all-rounder, who can help the team in crucial situations with bat and ball.
The batting contingent is doing well and they have a well-balanced mix of spinners and pacers, who could pull out some tricks against Knight Riders to win again on Saturday.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Chasing 160 runs against Warriors, Colin Munro posted a well-made 57 to steer the team across the finish line with 2 overs to spare; Darren Bravo supported well with his 43 off 27 while others like Denesh Ramdin kept the scoreboard ticking. Earlier, spinner Sunil Narine and fast-bowler Ronsford Beaton took 2 wickets each to contain the opponent’s run-flow. Dwayne Bravo and Javon Searles bring depth to the pace attack, and they took a wicket each. Their fine performance helped them make it to the finals after suffering a setback in the first qualifier; their victory will pump them to put a better foot forward on Saturday.
Against Patriots they were set with a task of chasing 150 runs; however, the batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards and they could muster only 111 in reply. The Bravo brothers scored 20+runs each but others like Munro, Perkins, Narine and Daniel Christian failed to impress. Dwayne Bravo led from the front with the ball as he took 4-38 while Ronsford Beaton dismissed 2 opponents; Kevon Cooper also contributed with a wicket to restrict the Patriots to 149.
They have made a comeback by winning the recent match against Warriors, and can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with, especially in their own backyard.
The stage is set for a thrilling CPL final, with two of the strongest teams taking on each other for the coveted prize; while Patriots are in excellent form in all departments of the game, the Knight Riders have the home advantage on their side. The match could well go down to the wire, but we feel that St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the cusp of making history for their team, will emerge victorious here.