After an exciting victory over the reigning champions, the Barbados Tridents, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel will look for another victory as they host the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Presently in that coveted fourth spot, the Patriots will need a victory, while to be in the hunt for one of the playoff spots, the Red Steel also need to snatch a victory in this fixture. Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots betting tips & live streaming options can be found below.
Trinidad & Tobago won by 18 runs.
The Red Steel are on a rampage. In Port-of-Spain, they were struggling somewhat when Kallis lost his wicket in the 17th over– the third to go for the Red Steel – for a relatively modest 125 runs building at a rate of just over 7 an over. However, handily supported by captain Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo was able to add another 59 runs in the space of only 16 balls.
Debutant Derone Davis’ removal of Tridents’ captain Kieron Pollard, the true danger man for the Tridents, only reinforced that the Trident fight back was near its end. At that point, with the Tridents struggling at 74 with 5 wickets down, the Red Steel switched into another gear having begun their domination from when they were batting and set a large total that the Tridents would have had to aggressively attempt to pursue. The Tridents would eventually fall well short, as the Red Steel were able to accomplish an overwhelming 72-run victory.
For the Patriots, their last game was against this Red Steel squad. A loss that could have easily been a victory for them, the Patriots were not able to defend the 147 they had set for victory.
In building that 146, Patriots’ tail order batsman Devon Thomas did his best to push the Patriots to a decent total having scored a 23-ball 44 runs. However, led by Williams Perkins’ unbeaten 64, the Red Steel stopped the Patriots’ momentum, as the latter had won three of their previous four matches before their encounter with the Red Steel.
Having been temporarily in second place in these standings, the Patriots will look to steal the two points from the match to once again move, albeit temporarily, into second place in the table.
However, the Red Steel having accomplished an astonishing feat in dismantling the reigning champions, they will feel they have all the confidence and momentum they need to push on and garner the three wins out of the four home games they have, in order to qualify for the playoffs. In this match, the expectation will be that the Red Steel take this one at home and, once again, stop the Patriots’ momentum as both teams battle for a place in the playoffs.
Players to watch out for:
Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel):
Although debutant Derone Davis who replaced the injured Sulieman Benn did tremendously well, it is captain Dwayne Bravo who has continued to lead from the front with his eight CPL 2015 wickets. His disciplined bowling elicited two wickets at a miserly economy rate of 4.66 against the Tridents.
Although not scoring as prolifically as he can, and has done in the past, Bravo was able to support his brother Darren Bravo in their final assault on the Tridents’ bowlers, adding 59 runs off the last 16 balls of their innings. Although Darren Bravo contributed the greater percentage, he was able to explosively smash some big shots of his own. Dwayne Bravo will look to continue to inspire and motivate his team as they attempt a final march into the playoffs.
Marlon Samuels (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots):
Heavily dependent on their captain, Marlon Samuels, it is evident that he must bat convincingly for his team to have any hope of victory. There has been a direct correlation for when Samuels is able to either bat through an innings or get some runs and the Patriots securing a victory.
Samuels has scored 300 runs, including four half-centuries, at an average of 33.33. For his team to make it through to the playoffs and make a run towards the championship, Samuels will have to bat consistently and with the discipline he is able to, in leading his team and helping either chase totals or set solid totals to be chased.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots head to head:
There has just been that one game between these two sides, earlier in the season, and T&T had won it. In that reverse fixture in St. Kitts, the Red Steel were able to snatch a victory by six wickets with seven balls remaining.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots betting tips:
Trinidad & Tobago to win: 4/6
Marlon Samuels to be St Kitts & Nevis’ top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 2 pm local time (1600 hrs GMT) on July 18.