The 7th game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 will be played between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs at the Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.
The match starts at 6:00 PM local time (10:00 PM GMT) (3:30 AM IST – 11th September)
This series will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots will host Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents on consecutive days. The Carlos Brathwaite-led side lost both the matches they played in this tournament thus far – against Trinbago Knight Riders and the Guyana Amazon Warriors. They would like to change the fact in their first home match against the Tallawahs, who suffered a 22-run defeat against TKR on Friday.
The Patriots have been short of a specialist batsman who could provide stability and allow them to score 20-25 more runs. Laurie Evans could well change their fortunes who is expected to be available from the home-leg matches. His T20 Blast side Sussex knocked out in the quarter-finals last week. Tallawahs would be aiming to find out an ideal position and situation to get Andre Russell to the crease.
Clear skies could be welcoming CPL 2019 to the Warner Park in St Kitts. However, the weather forecast indicates showers during the night. The chances of showers increase from 7 PM local time while the match starts at 6 PM only. However, these showers are unlikely to cause a long interruption to this match.
The Warner Park in Basseterre hosted four completed matches in the previous edition of the CPL. All those four game recorded first-innings totals of 160+ and in three of those, the chasing sides won. The venue is known for producing high-scoring matches and chases in ODI format too. However, it tends to slow down in the second half of the second innings.
Average first innings score: 185 (CPL matches in 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Laurie Evans will be available from this match.
Zahir Khan is currently part of Afghanistan team.
Probable Playing XIs:
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots:
Kjorn Ottley, Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Devon Thomas (WK), Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite (C) , Alzarri Joseph, Usama Mir, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cottrell.
Bench – Jason Mohammed, Aaron Jones, Sharmarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Dominic Drakes, Keron Cottoy, Akeem Jordan.
Chris Gayle (C), George Worker, Glenn Phillips (WK), Chadwick Walton, Andre Russell, Kennar Lewis, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Jacobs, Christopher Lamont/Imran Khan, Shamar Springer, Oshane Thomas.
Bench – Christopher Lamont/Imran Khan, Xavier Marshall, Ramaal Lewis, Zahir Khan, Javelle Glen, Derval Green.
Laurie Evans heads into CPL with five scores of 30+ in last six matches including three unbeaten 40+ scores in the T20 Blast. Fabian Allen is playing a key role for his team with crucial knocks down the ground. George Worker could well be surprise package by scoring runs and bowling a couple of overs.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Chris Green, Andre Russell, Laurie Evans, Evin Lewis
Vice-Captain – Devon Thomas, George Worker, Fabian Allen, Chadwick Walton
Andre Russell will be the most preferred option as captain or vice-captain. He did start off with a decent inning with the bat and could pick up a couple of wickets too.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Devon Thomas
Batters – Evin Lewis, Laurie Evans, Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (C), Fabian Allen (VC)
Bowlers – Shamar Springer, Steven Jacobs, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips, Devon Thomas
Batters – Laurie Evans (C), George Worker, Chadwick Walton (VC)
All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Hafeez
Bowlers – Sheldon Cottrell, Jerome Taylor, Alzarri Joseph
The likes of Steven Jacobs and Shamar Springer are a must for this game if anyone wants to pick Gayle, Russel, Cottrell and Lewis all in the same line-up.
The Jamaica Tallawahs are expected to register their first win of the tournament.
*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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