Barbados Royals face St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the second match of the CPL 2021 on Thursday. Both of them endured underwhelming performances last year, acquiring the bottom two spots on the table. Barbados Royals could win only three out of 10, while St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots managed just a solitary win.
Ahead of a new season, both teams have acquired some new faces to strengthen their combinations. The Royals and Patriots would be keen to start the tournament on a winning note as one could expect a good game of cricket on Friday.
CPL 2021: Barbados Royals vs St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots- Match Preview
Barbados Royals have been one of the most successful teams in CPL history. They have reached the finals thrice and has two titles to their name. Their performances weren’t inspiring last season but their new inclusions would give them a lot of confidence.
Barbados have acquired the services of Glenn Phillips, who was brilliant last year. He finished as the second-highest run-getter with 316 runs in 11 matches at an average of close to 40. Kyle Mayers was the star performer with the bat for them last season, amassing 222 runs in 9 games at an average of 24. Johnson Charles will have the responsibility to give them quickfire starts, while Shai Hope would ensure solidity in the batting.
The royals have a lot of depth in their batting. The presence of Jason Holder, Azam Khan and Thisara Perera should keep the team in good stead. Hayden Walsh is Royal’s second notable inclusion, who could turn the fortunes for them this season. He has a forgettable season last year but could turn out to be Royal’s trump card. Besides, Oshane Thomas’ inclusion would certainly make them a team to beat.
Jason Holder, Glenn Phillips, Chris Morris, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, Oshane Thomas, Ashley Nurse, Shai Hope, Thisara Perera, Justin Greaves, Joshua Bishop, Hayden Walsh Jr, Johnson Charles, Nyeem Young, Mohammad Amir, Azam Khan, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Smit Patel, Jake Lintott
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots are yet to reach the finals in the competition. They don’t boast of a record but their new inclusions could turn the fortunes this year. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo have been traded into the side and that should encourage some confidence. Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle should make a great opening pair for them, with Joshua de Silva and Sherfane Rutherford to follow.
The Patriots have got experience in the all-rounders’ department, comprising the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Bopara and Fabien Allen.
Rayad Emrit would lead the team, while Sheldon Cottrell would lead the pace-bowling department. To strengthen the spin department, they have acquired the services of Fawad Ahmed, who enjoyed a terrific outing last season for the Knight Riders. He took 13 wickets in 11 games during the season.
Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Devon Thomas, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Gayle, Rayad Emrit, Joshua da Silva, Colin Archibald, Dwayne Bravo, Mikyle Louis, Paul van Neekeren, Ravi Bopara, Fawad Ahmed, Asif Ali