Caribbean Premier League 2019 – Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots taking place? Thursday 5th September, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots taking place? Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain

What is the expected weather for Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots? 30c & cloudy with a 50% chance of rain

What television channel is Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on in the UK? All CPL T20 matches will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the UK? Sky Go subscribers can stream the match live on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots? Visit the official CPL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 20 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS

  • Champions Trinbago Knight Riders kick off the 2019 Caribbean Premier League keen to defend their crown and they will be eager to stamp their authority in this opening match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on home turf.
  • The club have been dealt a major blow on the eve of the tournament as T20 specialist and captain Dwayne Bravo suffered a finger injury which could keep him out for virtually the entire tournament so Kieron Pollard has been named as their new skipper and will lead the team.
  • They are without New Zealand opener Colin Munro who is on international duty with his country in Sri Lanka but Blackcap all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is with the team along with talented young Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain while they will rely heavily on West Indian all-rounders Pollard and Sunil Narine.

ST KITTS AND NEVIS PATRIOTS

  • St Kitts and Nevis Patriots come off a third-place finish in last season’s CPL and they will be desperate to go even further this season under the guidance of in-form captain Carlos Brathwaite.
  • The Patriots have replaced Sri Lankan bowler Isuru Udana with West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and he joins a strong local core in the team which features Evin Lewis, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Mohammed, Fabian Allen and Sheldon Cottrell.
  • After a stint with Middlesex in the T20 Blast, Mohammad Hafeez flew to the Caribbean to join his team-mates and he will be available for this opening match unlike Sussex Sharks batsman Laurie Evans who is still in England playing in the quarter-finals of that tournament.

THE PREDICTION

This opening game of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League promises to be an exciting affair with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders facing off against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. The Knight Riders are missing Dwayne Bravo and their preparations have been somewhat disrupted by that which may just tip the balance in favour of the Patriots. They will be keen to make a strong start and they just edge this match in terms of quality on paper for this opening game and upset the defending champions.

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