The second match of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 between Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be played at The Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad.
This match starts at 05:30 PM local time – 18 August (03:00 AM IST – 19 August) (09:30 PM UTC – 18th August). It will be live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. The match can be streamed live on Hotstar and Fan Code.
The defending champions Barbados Tridents will be in action on the first day of the tournament as they face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots under lights. Both Tridents and Patriots won exactly five of the ten matches during the previous edition.
However, Tridents’ better NRR helped them to finish second and get a second chance for making it to the final where they ended the dream run of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The game between Tridents and Patriots will be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on the pitch where Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders face off.
The Brian Lara stadium usually tends to slow down when the ball becomes softer. Hence, teams would be eyeing to make most of the powerplay overs. Once the spinners come in with the older ball, the scoring rates could drop down.
Average 1st innings score: 166 (Two games played at this venue last year)
Record of Chasing Teams: Won – 0, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Justin Greaves, Jonathan Carter, Corey Anderson, Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer/Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ben Dunk, Nicholas Kelly, Joshua Da Silva, Rayad Emrit (C), Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph.
Johnson Charles was the third-highest run-scorer during the last season with 415 runs. Charles is one of the few players with match practice going into the tournament having played the St Lucia T10 Blast. He even smashed a century in the final there.
Rashid Khan has been the top bowler in the T20 format going along. His fast wrist spin bowling could well trouble many batsmen who are coming off a long break. It would be that easy to straight away deal with Rashid’s armoury.
Ben Dunk, off late has been a destructive middle-order batsman, especially against the spin bowling. His new playing style has fetched success during the previous edition of CPL and also during Mzansi Super League and PSL T20 during the 2019-20 season.
The SKN Patriots have a dangerous combination at the top in the form of Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis. But when it comes to the middle-order, there is no reliable option other than Ben Dunk. Hence, it could be tough for the Patriots to hold an edge over the Barbados Tridents who have a quality spin bowling line-up headed by Rashid Khan.
Our Prediction: Barbados Tridents are expected to win this game.
Best Bet: Johnson Charles to be the top Tridents batsman @3.00 at bet365 - 8 Units
Value Bet: Barbados Tridents to win the match @1.72 at betway - 10 Units