About the Match
Patriots suffered defeat against Warriors by 4 wickets in a close contest and they will now look to win the next match against Jamaica Tallawahs on 2nd July at Basseterre. The Tallawahs who finished fourth in the league last season will try to start their campaign on a winning note; with many overseas players and match-winners on their side, they will try to dominate with a power-packed batting and bowling performance. The Patriots bowlers found it difficult to defend 165 runs and they will need to bring out all their firepower here; the team that can rise above its weaknesses and execute the strategy to perfection will be better placed to win on Saturday.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Faf du Plessis, Devon Thomas, Brad Hodge and Thisara Perera tried their best to keep the scoreboard ticking; Thomas put up a quick fire 38 off 17 balls while Perera scored a useful 20 runs; the captain contributed with 30 while Hodge posted a well-made 38 to take the total to 164 runs. However, batsmen like Carlos Brathwaite, Lendl Simmons, Jonathan Carter and Evin Lewis couldn’t impress much with the bat and the total wasn’t enough to defend by the bowlers.
Pacer Krishmar Santokie has been the leading wicket-taker across the last three seasons and he did put up a superb show in the opening game with a wicket and giving away only 25 runs; all-rounder Brathwaite contributed well with 2-35 while chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi took a wicket and was the most economical of the lot with an economy of 4 runs per over. Badree and Perera add depth to the attack and can outwit the Tallawahs on Saturday if they plan against the hard-hitters well.
Overall, they are a well-balanced side with experienced all-rounders and bowlers, who must come out all guns blazing in order to give their campaign a boost.
They have big names in the batting line-up like Chris Gayle, who will lead the side from the front and the legendary Sangakkara, who can create trouble for any team with his batting skills. Shakib-Al-Hasan and youngster Alex Ross, who has earned praise down under in the Big Bash T20 League, bring good overseas expertise to the team here and can consolidate the innings in the middle.
The bowling team consists of all-rounder paceman Andre Russell, the speed machine Dale Steyn, who can demolish the opponents, spinners Shakib-Al-Hasan, Nkrumah Bonner and all-rounder Imad Wasim. Others like Timroy Allen, Andre McCarthy, Garey Mathurin and Jon-Russ Jaggesar bring their pace and spin skills to the table.
If the batsmen succeed in raining sixes and fours to set up a big total, then they do have the required firepower to defend; if fielding first, the bowlers must target the hard-hitters and provide quick breakthroughs.
The Tallawahs did well last season and they will be eager to start their campaign with a bang here; Patriots, on the other hand will try to make a fresh beginning on Saturday and with the home advantage, look better placed to emerge victorious