This week sees the 9th edition of the Caribbean Premier League kick-off with the start of the 2021 tournament.
We preview a match-up between two sides that struggled last year, as the Barbados Royals (formerly known as Tridents) face off against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the second fixture of this year’s tournament on the 27th of August.
Barbados Royals vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 2nd Match CPL 2021
Both the Barbados Royals and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots enter this year’s competition looking to improve on last season’s results where the Tridents finished 5th, and the Patriots finished bottom. There have been changes to both sides with the addition and departure of several players.
Likely playing 11 of Barbados Royals
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Glenn Phillips, Azam Khan, Kyle Mayers, Thisara Perera, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Mohammed Amir, Hayden Walsh Jr and Oshane Thomas
The Patriots have the luxury of the entire 2021 tournament being played on home soil as Covid restrictions have stopped teams from travelling. Looking to shake off their underdog status and cause a storm in this year’s tournament, the Patriots are welcoming a host of top players, including West Indies greats Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.
Likely playing 11 of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Asif Ali, Joshua da Silva, Sherfane Rutherford, Ravi Bopara, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Rayad Emrit, Fawad Ahmed, and Sheldon Cottrell.
Pitch and Weather conditions
Similar to last year, where the 2020 Caribbean Premier League was held in Trinidad and Tobago, the 2021 tournament will be held exclusively in Saint Kitts and Nevis at one venue, the Warner Park Sporting Complex. As you would expect for a tournament held on a tropical island, the weather will be perfect. Par score tends to be around 130 – 140, so it should be a pitch that aids both batters and bowlers.
Betting Predictions for Barbados Royals vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 2nd Match CPL 2021
Match Result Prediction
According to Bet365, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are considered favourites, with Bet365 offering odds of 1.72 for a Patriots victory. In what looks to be a close contest between two evenly matched sides, the Royals can be backed at 2.1. Although you can get better odds by backing the Royals, we think the smart money must be on the Patriots to win. Playing in front of 4,000 local fans and with the smart additions of Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, and experienced spinner Fawad Ahmed, the Patriots might have a little bit too much firepower and big game experience to get over the line.
Winner: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (1.72)
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Glenn Phillips Total Runs
For the Barbados Royals, there must have been much excitement when they secured the number 1 pick in the CPL draft in Chris Morris. The South African all-rounder looked set to star this summer but, for personal reasons, has decided to opt out of this year’s competition. In his place, the Royals have managed to sign Glenn Phillips. Phillips has a great record in the Caribbean Premier League, scoring over 1,300 runs. Look for Phillips to start his 2021 campaign off with a bang and back him at odds of 1.83 on Betway to score over 23.5 runs.
Glen Phillips total runs: Over 23.5 runs (1.83)
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The highest amount of sixes
In a match that boasts plenty of big hitters, the total amount of sixes that could be hit could get near double figures. The Patriots boast six-hitting king Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, and Dwayne Bravo, and at odds of 1.72, we are backing the Patriots to edge what’s set to be an explosive race by hitting the most sixes.
Highest total of sixes hit: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (1.72)
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To take 2+ Wickets
The Barbados Royals boast one of the finest white-ball bowlers in world cricket in Pakistan paceman Mohammed Amir. An expert in bowling in all sorts of conditions, Amir is nicely priced to take 2+ Wickets at odds of 2.75, and we think that could be generous considering the pressure he is bound to put on the Patriots batsmen.
Mohammed Amir to take 2+ Wickets in the match: Yes (2.75)
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Boundary to be hit in the first over
With some destructive hitters opening the batting for both sides, Casumo is offering attractive odds for a boundary to be hit in the first over of the game, and we think at odds of 2.05, this bet could provide you with a great start to proceedings.
Boundary to be hit in the first over: Yes (2.05)
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