Clashing Teams: St Lucia Kings and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Date: September 15th, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 AM (Local) and 07:30 PM (IST)
Head-to-Head- St Lucia Kings- 07 and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots - 05
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St Lucia Kings
The Kings embrace a roller-coaster ride in the ongoing season of CPL. Even after getting a last-minute positioning in the playoff race, this Andre Fletcher led franchise clinched the finalist spot by overpowering defending champions Riders with a 21 runs win. Electing bat first, Mark Dayal’s 44-ball 78 runs helped Kings to post a 205 runs target, Tim David’s cameo with 30+ runs in death over worked as cherry on top of cake. On bowling front, David Wiese pull-off second five-wicket haul and secured second in a row final’s ticket for the mighty INDIBET sponsored St Lucia Kings.
Kings will be eager to transform a finalist tag into an assured trophy this time. Roston Chase is exhibiting an all-round show, whereas Tim David and David Wiese are pivotal forces in the middle order. Jeavor Royal is their x-factor spinner, whereas Wahab Riaz and Alzarri Joseph are prominent faces of the pace attack. Also, Mark Deyal stamped his caliber in the semi-final and would be eager to carry the same momentum for the ultimate showdown. Faf du Plessis’s edition in playing XI is still unclear and looks like Andre Fletcher will lead the team in the season’s decider.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Patriots undertake a dream-like run into CPL 2021, as Dwaye Bravo led franchise seized five wins in a row to upright a new CPL record. As expected, Patriots dominated the playoff race while securing third spot with six wins and four disappointing results in ten-match trek. However, the Patriots need to revisit their bowling first call, as they have already lost four games while chasing a target. In the high-voltage second semi-final game, Warriors piled-up 178 runs total in 20 over game-play where Kings’ bowlers never allowed budding partnerships to prosper as fearsome totals. Evin Lewis leads the chasing task for Patriots with 77 runs knock while Chris Gayle added 42 runs off 27 balls to clutch a 7-wicket decisive win.
Patriots are exploring their first CPL trophy and are just one-step away from creating a history. Evin Lewis is the proven match-winner for Patriots and will be a vital force in the ultimate showdown. Shefrane Rutherford has also scored some handy runs and helped the team to stand on the winning podium in a couple of fixtures. Skipper DJ Bravo and Fabian Allen are the decisive force and star all-rounder in the team combination whereas Drakes and Fawad Ahmed are the lead bowlers for Patriots.
An exciting Caribbean Premier League final is on the cards for the spectators, as both of the finalists are the endorsed favorites of the season. On one hand, Kings carry the confidence of beating Patriots on the group-stage whereas Patriots batting never looked compromised in either of the CPL 2021 schedules. Analyzing past performance and surveying stats of both teams' powerhouses, we come to the conclusion that St Lucia Kings carry a slight edge in the ultimate showdown. Both semifinals witnessed high-scoring thrillers and the same can be anticipated for the final game where average score will hover around 170-180 runs. Most probable choice for toss winning skipper in the evening game would be to stockpile a gigantic total and top-order performance will be vital for both the trophy contenders.
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Top Batsman for St Lucia Kings- Mark Deyal- This budding Caribbean player carried the spotlight in the nerve-testing semi-final game and scored a fantastic 78 runs knock off 44 balls which carried five boundaries and six well-calculated over the top sixes.
Top Batsman for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots- Evin Lewis- This attacking left-handed batter from Trinidad is the next big thing in Caribbean cricket. The highest run-scorer of the CPL 2021 roared in style in the semi-final game and scored a match-winning 39-ball 77 runs which was decorated with eight gigantic sixes and three phenomenal boundaries.
David Wiese to be St Lucia Kings Top Bowler- The Proteas right-hand fast medium apprehended his second five-wicket haul in the ticket to finale match. The ‘Player of Match’ of preceding match will yet again take the ball and knock-out the opponent in the stage-setting final game.
Probable Playing XI For the Match
St Lucia Kings – Andre Fletcher (c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Tim David, David Wiese, Kemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Wahab Riaz, Jeavor Royal, Kadeem Alleyne.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Evin Lewis, Joshua da Silva, Chris Gayle, Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo (c), Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Jon Russ-Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell, Naseem Shah, Fawad Ahmed.