It is the semifinal of the Caribbean Premier League on Wednesday as Guyana Amazon Warriors take on St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. The match will be played at Warner Park in Basseterre on September 15at12:00 am IST.
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The Amazon Warriors staged a stunning comeback to seal the semifinal berth – a second-place finish no less! As for the Patriots, they pushed through to third place following a decent start to the season. Of late, however, their form has taken a sharp dip.
While on paper, the Patriots have a superior squad on paper, I’ll have to go with Guyana Amazon Warriors on this one as they are looking far better and more composed. Check out my free cricket betting tips below for the best predictions and odds!
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The Guyana Amazon Warriors have delivered a stunning comeback from a stage when it seemed like they would be finishing at the bottom of the table.
With four wins in their last five, Nicholas Pooran ensured that his men finish in second place with 12 points and maintain their flawless record of reaching the playoffs in every season of the Caribbean Premier League.
They are heading in this fixture after upsetting Jamaica Tallawahs back to back – beating them by 46 runs in the first one and 14 runs in the second.
In the first leg, the Warriors posted 169 runs on the board – courtesy of Pooran’s 75 off 39 and some small contribution from the other batsmen. In the reverse fixture, they put up just 142 runs batting first – this time, they were powered by Romario Shepherd’s 72 off 31.
What propelled them to the two wins was the superb bowling by the likes of Odean Smith (3-21, 3-20), Romario Shepherd (1-31, 3-31), Imran Tahir, Naveen-ul-Haq.
Needless to say, the Guyana team has relied a lot on their bowling this season – the fact that three of the top five bowlers in the CPL 2021 are from their side (Shepherd, Smith, and Tahir) says it all.
However, what they should keep an eye out for is the misfiring in their batting. Time and again, they have had to rely on individual brilliance rather than a concerted team effort to put runs on the board. There is obviously no shortage of talent here.
Likely XI: Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Anthony Bramble, Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir, Gudakesh Motie, Odean Smith
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Team News
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have got plenty of T20 specialists in their rank. But that may not amount to much when we consider the fact they lost four of their last five in the league and got to the playoffs following a strong start to the season (five wins back to back).
Most recently, they played Trinbago Knight Riders consecutively and qualified for the semis after winning the first leg by 8 wickets. Chasing a target of 160 runs, Evin Lewis singlehandedly drove the team with his handsome century of 102 in half as many balls.
In the second leg, however, the Patriots batted first and put up a small target of 148 runs – Lewis wasn’t a part of the playing XI then. The Knight Riders chased it down with four wickets to spare.
The runner-ups in the 2017 season, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots boast of several high-profile players like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo, and Fabian Allen.
As a unit, they tick all the right boxes in the right departments but the inconsistency in results of late may just spell their doom.
Likely XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Joshua Da Silva, Asif Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Dominic Drakes, Sheldon Cottrell, Jon-Russ Jaggessar, Naseem Shah
Venue & conditions
Scattered showers are the forecast for Tuesday afternoon in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis. As a result, rain may interrupt the play and the possibility of using the D/L rule is also on the cards.
Being the home turf of the Patriots, they are certainly more than familiar with Warner Park. The last couple of games have been low-scoring ones but teams with enough batting firepower have found it in them to reach high totals.
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Head To Head
The Patriots are two for two this season but despite that, they still find themselves trailing heavily to their Guyana counterparts. In the 14 matches played, the tally now stands at 10-4 to the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Toss Prediction
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have had terrific luck with coin toss this season – they won the same in both the legs of this fixture in the group stage. I’m going to stick to the trend and back them to win the toss this time around too.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Winner Prediction
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a few things going on for them – they have the momentum, their bowlers are in good form, and they are in yet another playoffs in the Caribbean Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have been struggling a bit with the bat – and when taking on a team that is relying on their bowling to get the job done – it does not bode well for them. That said, the team still has the likes of Gayle, Lewis, and Bravo – if they manage to click on Tuesday, then this match can very well go the other direction.
But for now, the Warriors seem to have the upper hand. If they can get their opening batsmen to find their form, then the likes of Tahir and Smith should do well with the ball to reach the final.
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With 343 runs so far this season, Evin Lewis is the league’s second-highest run-getter. Most recently, he hit 102 not out against the Trinbago Knight Riders while his other leading figures include 73 and 60.
Given that he is an opener and possibly, the only in-form batsmen on the Patriots side, he will have plenty of time to get the runs and become the team’s top runscorer for the afternoon.
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Fun Stats
The Patriots finished rock-bottom of last year’s standings, and have already won more games this season than the whole of their last campaign
Shepherd, Smith, and Tahir respectively have 18, 16, and 13 wickets in the CPL 2021
All 10 wins the Warriors have over St Kitts have come batting second