On the back of a defeat to the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Friday night, the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots go on the hunt for their second victory of the 2015 CPL campaign against the Jamaica Tallawahs. The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs betting tips are as follows.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots won by 119 runs. Evin Lewis top-scored for the Patriots while as we predicted, Chris Lynn was Jamaica’s top batsman despite scoring just 20.
While they struggled to get to 149 while losing 9 wickets, the Patriots were powerless to prevent the Guyana Amazon Warriors powering their way to their first win after losing only 3 wickets and reaching the target with 24 balls to spare.
In the seven-wicket loss, the Patriots were batting relatively well when they lost their first wicket for 66 runs and then the second for 83 runs. With the next four wickets falling for only 20 runs and with captain Marlon Samuels being stumped, the Patriots collapsed as no batsman, save Carlos Brathwaite, was able to get to double figures.
Forced to defend a relatively low total given the start to their innings, the Patriots’ bowling were powerless to the ruthless attack of the Amazon Warriors’ batsmen.
While there was a glimmer of hope when opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan fell at 19 runs, Lendl Simmons and captain Denesh Ramdin were able to stabilize their innings and frustrate the Patriots’ bowling with scores of 41 and an unbeaten 54 respectively.
On the other hand, the Jamaica Tallawahs would be substantially more rested after their win against the same Patriots team a few days ago in Basseterre, St. Kitts. After winning by 7 wickets with 5 balls remaining in that match, once again Captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on his way to his magnificent 72 and CPL rookie Chris Lynn pitched in with a well-executed 52 runs.
While the Tallawahs’ bowling was able to limit a decent batting attack to only 160 runs, the expectation is that the Patriots should put up more of a fight in this contest having become more familiar with this Tallawahs team.
However, the Jamaica Tallawahs should, once again, prove too much for a gradually stabilizing Patriots team as Chris Gayle and company will look to continue their win streak in this CPL after losing their first match to the Barbados Tridents.
Players to watch out for:
Martin Guptill (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots):
Having previously been a part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad, the top-order batsman Guptill has proven to be a critical part of this Patriots’ team. Scoring 124 runs in the first 4 games at an average of 31 runs has proven to be positive additions to the Patriots’ totals.
Opening the Patriots’ account on each occasion, Guptill has been able to get not only to double figures on each occasion, but has gone on to score a half century in one of those games. In this new team, his experience will prove vital to his team. Any chance of success for the Patriots will depend very heavily on his consistency at the top of the order.
Chris Lynn (Jamaica Tallawahs):
While all eyes will predictably be on Tallawahs’ captain Chris Gayle, rookie batsman Chris Lynn is proving to be a great addition to this Tallawahs squad with his middle-order contributions thus far.
As he has been gradually improving, so have the Tallawahs. Scoring 52 runs in the last game against the Patriots bodes well for the team in this next match against the Patriots. However, it also bodes well for the Tallawahs for the remainder of this CPL tournament.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs head to head:
In their only previous game against Jamaica that came earlier this year, St Kitts went down to the Tallawahs easily. Gayle’s unbeaten 72 took Jamaica to their target of 164 in the final over.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs betting tips:
Jamaica to win: 5/11
Chris Lynn to be Jamaica’s top batsman: 4/1
Guptill to be Patriots’ top batsman: 11/4
Match starts at 12 pm local time (1600 hours GMT) on July 4.