2020 Caribbean Premier League – Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots taking place? Tuesday 18th August, 2020 – 22:30 (UK)

Where is Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots taking place? Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba

Where can I get tickets for Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots? All CPLT20 matches will be played behind closed doors

What is the expected weather for Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots? 29c but with a 70% chance of rain

What channel is Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on? All CPL T20 matches will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots? Sky Go subscribers can stream the match live on their platform

THE TEAM NEWS

BARBADOS TRIDENTS

  • The 2019 CPL champions Barbados Tridents return to action on the opening day and they will be hoping to make a better start than they did last year when they lost four of their opening six matches before their late surge.
  • Their preparations for this year’s tournament have been severely impacted by the pandemic as several of their big-name key overseas stars have pulled out so they are unable to count on Alex Hales, Wahab Riaz, Marcus Stoinis and Harry Gurney.
  • The Tridents responded by signing Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner and Shamarh Brooks and they still possess star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, but the squad is weaker than initially than expected so there is big pressure on local stars such as Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Johnson Charles and Hayden Walsh Jr to perform.

ST KITTS AND NEVIS PATRIOTS

  • St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be hoping to improve on their fourth-placed finish last year but their task will be made that bit harder after skipper Carlos Brathwaite departed to join the Jamaica Tallawahs so Rayad Emrit will lead the team this year.
  • Their preparations have been thrown into turmoil as their Australian head coach Simon Helmot tested positive for Coronavirus and has been ruled out and his assistant Malolan Rangarajan is unavailable due to IPL commitments so that has not helped their cause.
  • Additionally and arguably their biggest blow was key all-rounder Fabian Allen missing his flight into the country and he is now ruled out for the tournament as no commercial airlines are allowed on to the Island so that will surely impact and weaken the balance of both their batting and bowling line-ups.

THE PREDICTION

The defending champions Barbados Tridents kick off their title defence against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and they will be confident of getting off to a positive start. Both teams have suffered plenty of disruption but the Patriots in particular have been impacted significantly at short notice which will cause them to rethink their plans. The quality of their squad is lacking on paper and they will rely heavily on Lewis, Lynn and Dunk with the bat and then Joseph, Cottrell, Tanvir and Sodhi with the ball. They are lacking depth however and that is what the Tridents have. They have depth in both departments but their bowling especially looks formidable. Holder, Walsh Jr, Nurse, Rashid Khan and Mitch Santner give them an impressive attack that will a chance in any game, and they can lead them to victory in this opener.

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