Jamaica Tallawahs are favorites to win
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will look for their first home win of the 2018 Caribbean Premier League when they welcome Jamaica Tallawahs to Bassettere. The match is scheduled for September 2 and the live action begins at 18:00 local time.
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The team winning the toss at the Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, have elected to field first on each occasion in this year's Caribbean Premier League.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs (CPL).
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots mixed it up for the game against Trinbago Knight Riders last time out, with Rassie van der Dussen and Alzarri Joseph replacing Tom Cooper and Hayden Walsh, and Ben King dropping down the batting order. With back-to-back home games on the schedule, the Patriots are likely to have planned to be unchanged.
Chris Gayle is the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots' top run scorer this season, with 194 runs from his six innings so far, and a high score of 86. Only he and wicket-keeper-batsman Devon Thomas (174 at an average of 34.80) have passed 100 runs for the Patriots so far.
Evin Lewis found some long overdue runs last time out, meanwhile, scoring 52 from 37 balls to follow up his 28 in the previous game. If the big-hitting opener is back to his best, it will be a big boost for the Patriots.
With the ball, spinners Sandeep Lamichhane and Mahmudullah have been tight - both boasting good economy rates so far - while the rising Nepalese star also has seven wickets, including two against the Tallawahs.
Sheldon Cottrell is the Patriots' leading wicket-taker, however - he has nine wickets so far, one more than Ben Cutting. Carlos Brathwaite's all-round contribution amounts to 82 runs at a strike rate of 157.69 and seven wickets.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have not won since their home fixtures began - their last win coming at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, despite Mohammad Irfan's stunning 2-1 from four overs for the Barbados Tridents.
Having bowled St Lucia Stars out for 69 in 12.3 overs in their previous game, it was two in a row for the Patriots at the time, following their heavy defeat last time they faced the Jamaica Tallawahs.
More recently, however, Chris Gayle's 27-ball 40 was not enough to inspire victory against the Guyana Amazon Warriors - the visitors chasing 169 to win by four wickets off the final ball. The match against St Lucia Stars was washed out, before a heavy defeat to a Colin Munro-inspired Trinbago Knight Riders last time out - the Knight Riders posted 199/4 and, despite Evin Lewis' half-century, the Patriots finished 46 runs short on 153/8.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Rassie van der Dussen, Devon Thomas, Anton Devcich, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben King, Mahmudullah, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell
After a comfortable victory against Barbados Tridents in their last match, there is no reason to believe Jamaica Tallawahs will change their winning line-up. Colin de Grandhomme was expensive with the ball in his first game of the season but contributed with the bat and the balanced XI offered a good team performance.
Glenn Phillips is leading the Jamaica Tallawahs' batting charge with two half-centuries - including 80 against the Trinbago Knight Riders and two further scores above 40, which includes his 41 in the reverse fixture against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Andre Russell's blistering 121 not out against the Knight Riders - from just 49 balls - make up the bulk of his runs but also highlight his obvious credentials with the bat. With the ball, meanwhile, he leads the CPL 2018 charts with 14 from eight matches. Oshane Thomas has taken 13 meanwhile, and boasts a much better economy rate of 7.51 runs per over.
Jamaica Tallawahs started the 2018 Caribbean Premier League with three wins and, after three defeats in a row in between, they have since bounced back to form by winning their last two matches.
Johnson Charles was the main man last time out, scoring 53 from 33 balls as the Tallawahs reached their target of 152 with 16 balls to spare. Oshane Thomas had earlier taken 2-22 to restrict Barbados Tridents to 151/9.
That followed a win against St Lucia Stars, with Rovman Powell scoring 64 from 37 balls in a total of 204/5. In reply, Andre Russell claimed 2-15 from three overs as the Stars finished 21 runs short.
It was an important return to form after a two-run defeat to the Barbados Tridents, a last-ball, four-wicket loss to Trinbago Knight Riders and a 71-run thrashing at the hands of Guyana Amazon Warriors in their three fixtures in the USA.
Glenn Phillips, Johnson Charles, Kennar Lewis, Rovman Powell, David Miller, Andre Russell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kemar Roach, Adam Zampa, Samuel Badree, Oshane Thomas
Jamaica Tallawahs have only lost twice in their seven fixtures against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, adding their fifth win against them earlier in this year's competition.
On that occasion, an opening stand of 64 from 38 balls from Kennar Lewis and Glenn Phillips set the tone, with both men scoring 40 in the end, while Ross Taylor contributed an unbeaten 51 to help the Tallawahs post 178/4. In reply, the Patriots never got going, as Krishmar Santokie, Adam Zampa and Imad Wasim all claimed two wickets apiece to restrict the visitors to 131/9.
Jamaica Tallawahs are priced at 1.73 to win with Betfair and Betway, while Bet365 are offering 1.80 on the visitors. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are 2.00 with Bet365 and Betway and 2.10 with Betfair.
Glenn Phillips, in the runs opening the batting, is 4.00 to finish as the Tallawahs' top batsman against St Kitts and Nevis, while the Patriots' top man, Chris Gayle, is a best price of 3.60 with Bet365. Evin Lewis might be worth a punt, however, having finally played himself back into form. The explosive opener is 4.00 with Bet365.
Jamaica Tallawahs have a good record in this fixture and beat the Patriots last time out too. St Kitts and Nevis have not yet won a home game in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League and the signs are not good for the hosts ahead of this one.
Final Verdict: Back Jamaica Tallawahs to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at 1.73 with Betfair and Betway and 1.80 with Bet365.