CPL 2018: Match 2, Match Prediction- Who will win the match, Guyana Amazon Warriors or St Kitts and Nevis Patriots?

Both teams progressed to the playoffs last year.

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Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

The 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) got off to a rather one-sided start as Trinbago Knight Riders, the defending champions, humbled Kieron Pollard’s St Lucia Stars BY 100 runs. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, last year’s runners-up, and Guyana Amazon Warriors will now cross swords at Providence Stadium in Guyana. Both teams progressed to the playoffs last year, but couldn’t win the championship.

Previously, Guyana announced Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik as their new skipper and would be hoping to start their campaign impressively against a team, which looks a formidable one, at least on paper. The Patriots were the team to beat even in the last season as they topped the league table and Chris Gayle and Co would be keen to replicate their performance even this time around.

Pitch

The pitch is expected to be on the slower side, but with the kind of batting the teams possess, it won’t be a surprise if it turns out to be a high scoring one. Guyana has three international specialist spinners, which indicates that the track will assist the tweakers to some extent if not a whole lot. Both teams would look to bowl first after winning the toss bearing in mind their batting strength.

Team Combination

Guyana Amazon Warriors

Luke Ronchi and Chadwick Walton are the openers followed by Gajanand Singh, who played quite a few matches for them last season. Malik is likely to come at number five. The likes of Sohail Tanvir and Keemo Paul add depth to their batting. In the bowling department, Imran Tahir and Devendra Bishoo are the spinners along with the pace trio of Tanvir, Keemo Paul and the experienced Rayad Emrit.

Predicted XI

Luke Ronchi (wk), Chadwick Walton, Gajanand Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik (C), Jason Mohammed, Sohail Tanvir, Keemo Paul, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Devendra Bishoo

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis are the opening batsmen and that speaks tons about their lineup. Mahmudullah and Devon Thomas will come at the middle-order followed by Carlos Brathwaite. Ben Cutting is no mug with the willow either. Cutting is also a seam-bowling option along with Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph. Nepalese leg-break bowler Sandeep Lamichhane will also look to deliver.

Predicted XI

Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Anton Devcich, Brandon King, Mahmudullah, Devon Thomas (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Cutting, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph

Probable top performers

Luke Ronchi- Guyana Amazon Warriors, Chris Gayle- St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

The prediction is for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to win the match. 

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