CPL 2015 Match 7
Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 7th Match
Series: Caribbean Premier League, 2015
Date: June 27, 2015
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
CPL 2015 7th Match Preview
Contest number 7 in CPL 2015 today where the table topper, Barbados Tridents takes on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots which sits on bottom of the table after losing their first encounter against Zouks by 7 wickets. Caribbean Premier League has finally witnessed a thrilling contest yesterday where the victory margin was just 2 runs. Guyana Amazon Warriors almost crossed the line and was there to register their first win of the tournament. But, the fate has decided something else for them, defeat by 2 runs. Never the less it was an exhilarating clash which the fans were waiting for since the start of CPL 2015.
Heading towards the match 7 of the league, its time for Tridents, who haven’t lost a game yet and on the other hand, it is St Kitts and Nevis Patriots who have played just the one game and failed in that.
Barbados Tridents have dominated each and every game they have played so far in this league. The clashes were against Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel which they won by 49 runs, 16 runs and 8 wickets respectively indicating their ability to defend as well as their batting power to chase. Even though the chase was of 95 runs which they achieved in just 13.1 overs with the loss of just 2 wickets. BT is a quality side with players like D. Smith, Dilshan Munaweera, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, J. Carter who comprise their batting line up. Adding to their bowling front, they have international West Indian pacers in the likes of Jason Holder, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit. South African left arm spinner, Robin Peterson has been excellent with the ball for BT. His bowling figures say it all,
Robin Peterson against Guyana Amazon Warriors : 4 overs, 31 for 3
Robin Peterson against Jamaica Tallawahs : 4 overs, 26 for 3
Robin Peterson against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel : 4 overs, 20 for 1
Bowling looks complete and equipped enough to outclass the opposition batsmen. Batting hasn’t disappointed too, openers have given them a good start in every single match and following batsmen have chipped in as well to take their team over the line. They would certainly challenge Patriots today big time.
With just one match under their belt, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots would look to take on the challenge today. Though the previous match ended on a losing note for them but had some positives they’d look to take forward such as a 52 runs innings by their captain, Marlon Samuels from just 37 balls. The partnership with Devon Thomas was crucial which allowed them to post a score of 149 which ultimately wasn’t enough to take them through. The major concern for them would be their bowling which looked bizarre in the previous game. Other than Sohail Tanvir no one looked to trouble the batsmen at any stage. Tanvir was fabulous ending the match with the figures of 3.4 overs 21 runs. Although, he wasn’t able to take a wicket for his side but was very economical. Rest of the bowlers upset the captain, each having an economy of over 10 runs per over except Nikhil Dutta.
The fans, captain and the team management expect the batsmen to rise today and put up a good show against BT but it won’t be easy against the quality bowling line up. All eyes would be on Martin Guptill, Samuels, Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir as their contribution to the team could lift the whole unit and change their fortunes big time. Bowlers also need to step up because any leverage to BT batsmen could be an early game over for them.
Let’s see how the game goes as rain is also expected in today’s game and with D/L coming in to play it becomes difficult for the side defending the total.
Team News for CPL 2015 match 7
Dwayne Smith, Dilshan Munaweera, Shoaib Malik, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Robin Peterson, Jonathan Carter, Navin Stewart, Shai Hope, Rayad Emrit, Akeal Hosein, Jeevan Mendis, Kyle Corbin, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Team
Martin Guptill, Shahid Afridi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Marlon Samuels, Shane Dowrich, Justin Athanaze, Jacques Taylor, Tonito Willett, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohail Tanvir, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Devon Thomas, Orlando Peters, Raymon Reifer
Pitch Report for CPL 2015 match 7
Today’s match will be played at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. It is the home ground for the Tridents and the lucky one too, they have registered three out of three wins at this venue in this year’s CPL so far.
On previous two outings Tridents have posted a target for the opposition team, while on the last occasion they were asked to chase down a target of 95 runs by Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.
Conditions at this ground are expected to remain unchanged throughout the course of 40 overs. Good for batsmen with the ball coming nicely on to the bat while the bowlers also fancy their chance of chipping away few wickets, if they bowl in right areas. Captains prefer batting first at this venue and set a target for the opposition. But, it isn’t a much of a worry for the teams.
Weather is likely to hinder the proceedings as showers are expected in today’s match which indicates benefit to the side chasing.
Cricket Prediction for CPL 2015 match 7
We are backing Barbados Tridents to win today’s match with the quality in their side and in form players.