The 4th game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 will be played between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The match starts at 8:00 PM local time (12:00 AM GMT) (5:30 AM IST – 6th September)
This series will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors began the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a close 13-run victory against St Lucia Zouks at home. The Providence Stadium in Guyana assisted the slow bowlers and the home team’s bowling line-up was suitable to it. They posted 155/9 in their 20 overs as most of them came up with the 20s and 30s. Warriors were good at pulling back the Zouks who were cruising at 52/2 in the 6th over.
They will now host St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday night. The Carlos Brathwaite-led side suffered a close defeat in the tournament opener against the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. The Knight Riders posted 152/7, a similar score to what Guyana made in their first game. The Patriots got a good opening stand but failed to accelerate and were bundled out for 141 in the end.
Providence Stadium could be under the threat of rain on Saturday. Though the day in Guyana appears to be dry, the possibility of showers and drizzles in the night is quite high. The previous game started 2 hours early and so there was no question of rain.
The Providence Stadium could well come up with a low scoring match. The first game of the season here saw the spinners taking the majority of wickets. The batsmen didn’t find it easy to play their shots. Despite of all these, chasing will be a better option. The teams batting first could be reduced below 150 aiming to post 170-180 type totals.
Average first innings score: 157 (CPL matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 3
Qais Ahmad is part of Afghanistan’s Test XI in Bangladesh.
Laurie Evans’ T20 Blast came to an end on Friday night. He might be available from Sunday.
Shoaib Malik suffered a blow on his hand during the last match.
Probable Playing XIs:
Guyana Amazon Warriors:
Chandrapaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik/Anthony Bramble, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ben Laughlin.
Bench – Veerasammy Permaul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Odean Smith, Keagan Simmons, Clinton Pestano, Qais Ahmad, Imran Tahir.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots:
Kjorn Ottley, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Hafeez, Devon Thomas (WK), Jason Mohammed, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (C), Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Usama Mir.
Bench – Laurie Evans, Aaron Jones, Sharmarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Dominic Drakes, Keron Cottoy, Akeem Jordan.
On a slow pitch at Providence, it will be ideal to fill your fantasy team will slow bowlers. Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul and Rayad Emrit are expected to be among the top performers in this game. All these four have had 30+ points in their respective first match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Mohammad Hafeez
Vice-Captain – Shadab Khan, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis
The last match showed how well an all-rounder like Chris Green could be effective in the conditions at the Providence Stadium. He and Keemo Paul had a great game with the bat down the order.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batters – Shimron Hetmyer, Kjorn Ottley, Evin Lewis (VC)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul
Bowlers – Chris Green (C), Shadab Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batters – Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis
All-Rounders – Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul (C)
Bowlers – Chris Green, Sheldon Cottrell (VC), Usama Mir, Romario Shepherd
Only two players got more than 30 in the first match in Guyana – 38 by Keemo Paul down the order while 36 by Rahkeem Cornwall in the powerplay. The conditions are against making a specialist batsman as captain or vice-captain.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors are expected to make it two in two.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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