St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
After a highflying start that saw the Patriots win each of their first five games, they have been brought down to earth a bit, thanks to two back-to-back defeats on back-to-back nights against the same opponents: St Lucia Kings.
The twin defeats were both by big margins and that has seen the Patriots’ net run rate take a big enough hit to send it into negative territory. That said, their quintet of wins had still given them a big enough lead that they still lead the league by a margin of two points.
It is bit of a mystery though that why the Patriots went from being unbeaten to a side whose every department malfunctioned in consecutive games. Bowling, batting and fielding – neither clicked, resulting in two of the heaviest defeats of the tournament.
Dwayne Bravo and company now have to make sure that the dip is sorted right away and does not become anything more.
The tale of Tallawahs’ recent run is not so dissimilar to the Patriots’. In fact, it is worse. Where the Patriots have lost two in two, the Tallawahs are on a three-match losing streak that has seen them slip to second-last on the points table.
Both their latest defeats were against defending campions Trinbago Knight Riders while the one before had come at the hands of none other than the Patriots, whom they face again tonight in this fixture.
Jamaica’s problem over the past two games has been the complete no show of their top and middle-order batsmen. However, their batsmen did perform admirably against the Patriots two matches ago but then their bowlers were not able to defend the decent 166-run total.
Pakistan’s Haider Ali has been in horrific form over this sequence, contributing just 11 runs over three matches. His spot in the side should be under question.