Deadline: September 11, 2019 at 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
This will be the first match of the CPL 2019 at St Kitts, and as is the case with most pitches in the Caribbean, it assists the batsmen. Expect a high-scoring contest.
The weather will be cloudy throughout the day, with little to no threat of rain.
Probable St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Kjorn Ottley, Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Carlon Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Jason Mohammad, Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
Probable XI for Jamaica Tallahwahs: Chris Gayle (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell, George Worker, Andre Russell, Shamar Springer, Steven Jacobs, Jerome Taylor, Christopher Lamont, Oshane Thomas
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My 11: Devon Thomas (wk), Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, George Worker, Chris Gayle (vc), Andre Russell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
The Patriots chased down Jamaican Tallawahs’ massive target of 192 runs with a ball to spare in the Eliminator of the 2018 edition. In the league stage, both had won a game each.
In the ongoing edition, however, both teams faced defeats against the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. Worse, the Patriots faced the same fate against Guyana Amazon Warriors as well.
If anything, the current form makes match prediction difficult, but the head-to-head record puts the Patriots ahead in the race.
Players to watch out for
Andre Russell continued his red-hot form, smashing 44 off 24 including 4 fours and as many sixes. Before he hit those soaring sixes, he had knocked over Denesh Ramdin’s defence.
Sheldon Cottrell started off the season with a stunning three-wicket haul, giving away a mere 13 runs. He, however, could not emulate a similar performance against the Warriors, leaking 35 runs for a wicket.
Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, is yet to put his best foot forward. The scorers will be exhausted the day he unleashes the beast in him. He scored 28 off 20 in Tallawahs’ opening match.
Devon Thomas is the only player to have scored a half-century from both teams. It was his 62-run knock that kept the Patriots’ innings together.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Mohammad Hafeez, Rayad Emrit, Devon Thomas (wk), Laurie Evans, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, Keron Cottoy, Alzarri Joseph, Usama Mir, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Dominic Drakes, Kjorn Ottley, Akeem Jordan
Jamaica Tallawahs Squad: Chris Gayle (c), Xavier Marshall, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), George Worker, Steven Jacobs, Andre Russell, Ramaal Lewis, Kennar Lewis, Imran Khan, Glenn Phillips (wk), Zahir Khan, Shamar Springer, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Christopher Lamont, Javelle Glen, Derval Green