Who Will Win St Kitts vs Trinbago 2nd Qualifier, CPL 2018?
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Jamaica Tallawahs in the Eliminator and will now face Trinbago Knight Riders in the second qualifier of the Caribbean Premier League 2018. The match is scheduled to be played on September 14 at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. Live telecast will begin at 8 PM local time.
TKR vs SNP, CPL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports, Sony Six, Fox Sports, Willow TV
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The last three CPL matches (played in the previous season) at the Brian Lara Stadium have been won by the side fielding first. Since the wicket is expected to remain the same throughout the game, the team that wins the toss here is more likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Qualifier 2, CPL 2018
Trinbago Knight Riders Team News & Playing 11
TKR Team News
Trinbago Knight Riders brought back Sunil Narine and Ali Khan in place of Nikita Miller and Anderson Phillip in the first qualifier against Guyana Amazon Warriors and the duo will most probably be retained for this game. Narine failed to contribute much after being slotted back at the opening position which means we could see Colin Munro opening again with Brendon McCullum. We expect the Knight Riders to come up with an unchanged line-up.
TKR Key Players
Colin Munro has been the best batsman this CPL 2018 and he is undoubtedly the key man for Trinbago Knight Riders. He is the season's leading run-getter and he even struck an unbeaten 76 in the most recent encounter against the Patriots. Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin are the others in this line-up who can make a significant impact with the bat. Sunil Narine can be a danger man with both bat and ball. On his day, he can add some quick runs with his attacking stroke-play and can be difficult to score off his off-spin in these conditions. Apart from him, the Knight Riders will also expect good bowling performances from Fawad Ahmed, Ali Khan and Dwayne Bravo. Fawad with 18 wickets in 11 matches is currently the most successful bowler of the season and the leg-spinner stands a good chance of pulling off something special here.
TKR Recent Form
Trinbago Knight Riders had won six of their last seven league matches to finish as the table toppers before stepping into the playoffs. They met Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first qualifier and ended up losing the match by two wickets. The Knight Riders had a rough day with the bat as they could muster only 122 while batting first. Their bowlers did well to keep them in the hunt but could not defend that total.
Trinbago Knight Riders Predicted Playing 11
Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Colin Ingram, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo (c), Sunil Narine, Kevon Cooper, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan
St Kitts & Nevis Team News & Playing 11
SNP Team News
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots made four changes to their side for their Eliminator game against Jamaica Tallawahs. They dropped Mahmudullah, Ibrahim Khaleel, Alzarri Joseph and Jeremiah Louis for Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh and Carlos Brathwaite. While King, Thomas and Brathwaite are expected to be retained for this second qualifier, Walsh could be replaced by Sheldon Cottrell who has been one of their best bowlers this CPL.
SNP Key Players
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Anton Devcich and Devon Thomas form the backbone of the team's batting and it will be crucial that at least one of them goes on to score big. Gayle has been their leading run-getter this CPL and the Patriots will be hoping that he returns to his explosive best. Devcich is coming off a 23-ball 50 against Jamaica Tallawahs while Lewis and Thomas both have a half-century against the Knight Riders. Ben Cutting, Sheldon Cottrell and Carlos Brathwaite have been the go-to bowlers for the Patriots this year. Cutting has been the pick of the lot with 12 wickets in 10 matches and the Australian allrounder will be expected to come up with a strong performance in this crunch game. Cottrell and Brathwaite both have 9 wickets apiece. They will probably open the bowling together and it will be mainly up to these two to provide the early breakthroughs.
SNP Recent Form
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots had finished fourth in the CPL 2018 standings with five wins and four losses from ten league encounters. Since their 46-run defeat at the hands of Trinbago Knight Riders, they have registered wins in their next three matches including the Eliminator against Jamaica Tallawahs. The Patriots would have been very pleased with their batting performance as they managed to chase down a stiff target of 192 set by the Tallawahs.
St Kitts & Nevis Predicted Playing 11
Chris Gayle (c), Evin Lewis, Rassie van der Dussen, Anton Devcich, Brandon King, Devon Thomas (wk), Ben Cutting, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Tabraiz Shamsi
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
TKR : L L W W W
SNP : WWWLL
TKR vs SNP Head to Head
TKE vs SNP Head to Head
Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have played ten matches against each other in the Caribbean Premier League. The former have won seven of those while the latter have won three.
Trinbago Knight Riders have won five of their last seven matches against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and they even did the double over them in the 2015 edition.
Trinbago Knight Riders emerged victorious the last time they faced St Kitts and Nevis Patriots - in the 23rd match of the ongoing season at Basseterre. Batting first, Trinbago posted 199/4 and then restricted the Patriots to 153/8 to win the game by 46 runs.
Matches Played: 10; Trinbago Knight Riders Won: 7; St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Won: 3
St Kitts vs Trinbago Betting Odds
Trinbago Knight Riders may have faced defeats in their last two matches but they are still favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this second qualifier of CPL 2018 at odds of 1.66 on Bet365 and 1.61 on Betfair. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, despite having won their last three matches on the bounce, find themselves as the underdogs for this encounter. The Patriots are being offered at a higher price of 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.22 on Betfair.
Trinbago vs St Kitts Prediction
Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have both played really well to reach this far and they will look to give their all in their bid to set up the title clash with Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Knight Riders certainly seem to have the upper hand when it comes to head-to-head record. They have beaten the Patriots seven times out of ten in the tournament and five times in their last seven meetings. They have also won their last two matches at this venue which includes the 2017 CPL final against the Patriots. The Knight Riders recorded a comfortable victory in the most recent encounter between these two sides and this should boost their confidence. So even though the Patriots have the momentum with them having won their last three matches straight, we feel that Trinbago Knight Riders have a better chance of making it to the final.
Final Verdict: Back Trinbago Knight Riders to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the second qualifier at 1.66 on Bet365 and 1.61 on Betfair.