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25 Aug 2020
Sheldon Cottrell dealt a few lusty blows towards the end but the writing was on the wall. Yet to open their account after three matches, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots shouldn't complain if they're being labelled a no-hoper already. For, at the moment, their prospects of qualifying for the knockouts are as much as that of snowfall in the Sahara Desert.
While a misfiring batting unit rocked their boat earlier, the lack of penetration from the bowling group spelt doom against St Lucia Zouks. Andre Fletcher relished a great deal of liberty at the top-order en route his sprightly 46. Plying his trade during the middle phases, leggie Ish Sodhi was rendered ineffective, bleeding 36 off his full quota without any reward. To compound matters, Cottrell's flawed yorker execution saw Mohammad Nabi ransack 16 off his ultimate over.
However, the torrid run of late won't stop Rayad Emrit's men from believing. After all, T20 leagues are quite benevolent in offering shots at redemption. Mumbai Indians lost five of their initial six games in IPL 2015 before pulling off the Houdini act to not only make the playoffs but clinch the silverware. Hence, a faint ray of hope will glimmer as the Patriots confront Barbados Tridents on Tuesday in Port of Spain. Maybe the change in venue can turn around their fortunes.
Date: Tuesday, 25th August
Time: 07:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM local
Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Though Johnson Charles plundered a crisp half-century versus Trinbago Knight Riders, the management would be thrilled to bits after watching Shai Hope get some runs under his belt. However, pedestrian returns from Corey Anderson and Jonathan Carter must be rattling Barbados Tridents' cage. Replacing the latter with sheet-anchor Shamarh Brooks could do their team balance a world of good.
Ashley Nurse was the standout performer for their attack, conceding a niggardly 20 while bagging the prized scalp of Colin Munro. Rashid Khan's economy of 9 could be excused, given his relentless pursuit for wickets. Mitchell Santner and Kyle Mayers have blown hot and cold in recent times, albeit captain Jason Holder has been guilty of not utilizing their services at the most opportune junctures.
Shai Hope (wk), Johnson Charles, Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter/ Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder (c), Rashid Khan, Ashley Nurse, Mitchell Santner, Raymon Reifer, Hayden Walsh Jr
Denesh Ramdin waged a lone war in what has another dismal batting performance from the Patriots. The boisterous opening pair of Evin Lewis and Chris Lynn hasn't met the expectations yet while lower-order biffer Kieran Powell has also struggled to get going.
Skipper Emrit and offie Jonn Russ Jaggesar proved the shining lights as the rest of the bowling unit was taken to the cleaners. Especially Cottrell, who's profligacy saw Patriots cede advantage at climacteric stages of the game. The screws need to be tightened if they stand any chance of acquiring those elusive two points.
Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Joshua Da Silva, Ben Dunk, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieran Powell/ Nick Kelly, Rayad Emrit (c), Sohail Tanvir, Jon Russ Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell, Ish Sodhi
Despite their consecutive maulings, Barbados Tridents look potent enough to nudge aside dead duck Patriots.