The Trinbago Knight Riders will defeat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to move up to 10 points and to the top of the leaderboardBET NOW
The 23rd match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the year 2018 we’ll see St Kitts and Nevis Patriots taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders at the Warner Park ground in St Kitts. The match will be played on the 2nd of September and it will be an important game for both the teams who are currently 3rd and 4th on the leaderboard. The cricket prediction for this match is a win for the Knight Riders who we think we defeat the Patriots to record their 5th win of the tournament.
The overall head to head battle between the two teams is in favor of The Knight Riders who have defeated the Patriots on 6 occasions out of 8 meetings between the two teams. The match played at Trinidad on the 12th of August 2018 ended in a 42-run win for the Patriots. Batting first the Patriots scored 203 for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 20 overs with Devon Thomas scoring 58 off just 34 deliveries. There were contributions from captain Chris Gayle who made 35, and from Carlos Brathwaite who scored 41 off just 15 deliveries with one boundary and 5 maximums. Ali Khan captured 3 for 23 while Sunil Narine captured 2 for 24 for the Knight Riders. The Knight Riders in the run chase managed just 161 for 8 in 20 overs with Colin Munro, Darren Bravo and Kevon Cooper making useful contributions. Brathwaite was the hero with the ball as well capturing 2 for 19 in his four overs.
Chris Gayle is the leading run scorer for the Patriots this season having made 185 runs in 5 completed innings. Devon Thomas with 151 runs at a strike rate of 143.8 is second while Ben Cutting, 23-year-old right-hander Brandon King, Anton Devcich, and Carlos Brathwaite have all scored over 50 runs this season. Cutting and Sheldon Cottrell are the leading wicket-takers for the Patriots having captured 8 wickets apiece. Cutting has been highly economical as well conceding runs at less than 8 runs per over. Teenage leg-spinner from Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane continues to impress with the ball and has so far captured 7 wickets at an economy rate of 6.23. Carlos Brathwaite and Mahmudullah Riyad are the other key bowlers in the side.
Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, and Brendon McCullum are the key batsmen for the Knight Riders this year and all 3 have already gone past the 200 run mark for this season. Munro is leading the way with 270 runs in 6 innings with the top score of 68 striking at 143. 61 at the top of the order. McCullum has scored 211 runs batting at number 4 while Bravo has been the most impressive scoring 216 runs with an unbeaten 94 off just 38 deliveries as his highest score. Denesh Ramdin, Chris Lynn, and Dwayne Bravo form one of the strongest if not the best batting lineup of the CPL. Ali Khan, the 27-year-old right-arm medium pace bowler from the USA has captured 9 wickets with a best of 3 for 23 and is the leading wicket-taker for the Knight Riders. Fawad Ahmed, the 37-year-old leg spinner from Australia has captured u wickets with the best of 3 for 16 and an economy rate of 6.63 while Dwayne Bravo has captured 7 wickets with the best of 3 for 11. Khary Pierre has made the most of the opportunities he has got to capture 4 wickets for the team. With Shannon Gabriel and Sunil Narine also in the side, the Knight Riders have one of the most complete squads of the season.
Both the TKR and SKNP sides are very strong on paper. TKR have the edge and have performed slightly better on a consistent basis. Their batting has been particularly strong often putting on 190 plus scored on the board. We predict the Knight Riders to do well here as well and to defeat the Patriots and with it move to the top of the league table.