CPL 2021 | 2nd Semi-final Preview: Warriors, Patriots battle it out for a place in the final

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Sep 14, 4:22 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Guyana Amazon Warriors will be up against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Wednesday in the second semi-final of the CPL 2021 in St Kitts. The Warriors ended the league stage at number two position after beating Jamaica Tallawahs in their last game and would be looking to carry the momentum on this one. 

Patriots, on the other side, had been in good form in the competition suffered a defeat in their last match against Trinbago Knight Riders and were pushed to number three spot in the points table. 

Though, both the sides that will be locking horns in the second semi-final match ended the league fixtures with the same number of wins and points but the Warriors had a better run-rate. 

Guyana are coming into this game on the back of a win against Jamaica after their bowlers rattled the Tallawahs batting line up and bundled them out for 128 while defending a target of 143. 

But the Warriors too struggled with the bat initially and it was the belligerence of Romario Shepherd that took them over the line. Shepherd first chipped in with an unbeaten 72 off 31 and then scalped three wickets during the course to script a brilliant win for his side. 

The Guyana side needs to make some tweaks with their batting line up and the middle-order needs to be among some runs in the all important semi-final against SKNP. 

The Patriots on the other hand also struggled with their batting in the last match and were restricted to 147/7 in 20 overs. Later, the bowlers did try to restrict the opposition but TKR skipper Kieron Pollard took the game away from them after he notched up a 22-ball 51. 

Nevertheless, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Rutherford, Bravo in the line up, the Patriots do have some superb stroke players who can turn the game on its head on the give day. 

Rutherford had been in good touch for the team in the initial part of the tournament and the SKNP team management would want him to get back in the groove. 

Match Details

Match: Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, CPL 2021 2nd semi-final

Date: September 14, Tuesday  

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Stream: Fancode

Pitch Report

The track might have something on offer for the bowlers, especially spinners in the initial part of the game. So, if you win the toss, elect to bowl first. 

Probable XI

GAW: Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran (c), Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble (wk), Gudakesh Motie, Naveen-ul-Haq, Imran Tahir

SKNP: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Joshua Da Silva(wk), Jonathan Carter, Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo ( c ), Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Jon Russ-Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell, Paul van Meekeren

Fantasy XI

Pooran, Hemraj, King, Lewis, Gayle, Rutherford (VC), Smith, Drakes, Tahir (C), Shepherd, Ahmed  

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