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CPL 2019, Match 14, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

The Patriots are yet to beat the Knight Riders at home out of three matches.

Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro of Trinbago Knight Riders
Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro of Trinbago Knight Riders. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the back of a couple of victories at the Warner Park, are hanging in the middle of the points table in this year’s CPL. Carlos Brathwaite and Co’s last triumph came versus the St Lucia Zouks with 31 balls to spare. Yet their Net Run Rate is in the negative, -0.237, which shows the travails the team has had. Their upcoming match is against the Trinbago Knight Riders.

It’s also their last home match and the Patriots would wish to sign off with a victory. As far as numbers are concerned, St Kitts have never beaten the Knights at the Warner Park out of three matches. On head to head, TKR are leading 9-3. Kieron Pollard’s men have won four matches in a row and also plundered the highest T20 franchise score in Jamaica and they are in great shape.

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Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at St Kitts turned out to be batting friendly in the first two games. But last couple of times around, the spinners came into play and run-making became a tad difficult. Chasing seems to be a wise option as three out of the four matches were won by the chasing teams this year. Dew will also play its part. The temperature will be around the 28 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the 80s.

Team Combinations

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

The Patriots’ batting has quite a bit of depth. The move to open with Devon Thomas hasn’t backfired. Evin Lewis is their leading run-scorer and having gotten a fifty in the last match, he’ll want another substantial knock. Laurie Evans has shown fluency in his batting as he has scored at a strike-rate of 150. Allen has been excellent lower down the order, churning out the big shots at the death.

Mohammad Hafeez’s form with the bat is a bit of concern, and he hasn’t picked up a whole lot of wickets either. It goes without saying that Carlos Brathwaite has flattered to deceive in all departments. Akeem Jordan notched a match-winning four-wicket haul on his T20 debut and he’s in good stead. Cottrell and Rayad Emrit are expected to hold the key as they are amongst the wickets.

Probable XI

Devon Thomas (wk), Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Kjorn Ottley, Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeem Jordan

Trinbago Knight Riders

The Knight Riders won’t be having the services of Mohammad Hasnain, whose NOC has been cancelled by the PCB. Southpaw Darren Bravo was available from the last match after he recovered from the concussion. But it’s unlikely that he’ll come in as Lendl Simmons is TKR’s leading run-scorer at the top. Colin Munro also came in and struck form right from the outset with an unbeaten 96.

Pollard has led from the front and has been dismissed only once in four matches. With an economy of 6.16, he has chipped in with his medium pace as well. Narine, Pierre and Prasanna’s role on a speculated slow wicket will be critical. In place of Hasnain, the visitors are likely to bring in either Searles or Anderson. Neesham is the leading wicket-taker, but hasn’t had much to do with the bat.

Probable XI

Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (C), Denesh Ramdin (wk), James Neesham, Javon Searles, Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Javon Searles/Anderson Phillip, Ali Khan

Probable Top Performers

Laurie Evans – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots | Sunil Narine– Trinbago Knight Riders

Broadcast Details

TV – Star Sports 2

Online– Hotstar

Match Timings – 03:30 IST (September 18) and 18:00 local (September 17)

The prediction is for Trinbago Knight Riders to win the match.

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