CPL 2021 Semi-Final: GUY vs SKN Preview

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 second semi-final pits five-time runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors (GUY) against 2017 runners-up St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (SKN). The Nicholas Pooran-led side made it to the knockout stage after winning four of their last five games. However, they will be without all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who has returned to Pakistan. Guyana Amazon Warriors suffered a batting collapse against Jamaica Tallawahs in their last game. Romario Shepherd struck a splendid 72* and grabbed three wickets to help them defend 142.

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots made it to the semi-final despite winning just one of their last five matches. Evin Lewis, who has a strike rate of 158 in CPL 2021, is likely to return to the playing 11 and open the batting with Devon Thomas. Wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva could retain his place after scoring a half-century against Trinbago Knight Riders. They are likely to go with an extra spinner as Jon-Russ Jaggesar might get the nod ahead of Naseem Shah.

Head-to-Head (CPL 2021)

GUY 146/8 in 20 overs (C Hemraj 39; D Drakes 3/26, F Ahmed 2/33)
SKN 147/2 in 18.5 overs (E Lewis 62, D Thomas 55*; I Tahir 1/32)

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GUY 166/3 in 20 overs (M Hafeez 70, S Hetmyer 52; P Van Meekeren 2/23)
SKN 168/4 in 19.2 overs (S Rutherford 58*, D Thomas 31, E Lewis 30; I Tahir 2/26)

Top Five Fantasy Points scorers (previous match)

GUY: R Shepherd (178 pts), O Smith (77 pts), I Tahir (76 pts), C Hemraj (54 pts), N-ul-Haq Murid (45 pts)

SKN: J Da Silva (81 pts), F Ahmed (58 pts), Dwayne John Bravo (42 pts), N Abbas Shah (41 pts), F Allen (39 pts)

CPL 2021 Stats

Most Runs: GUY – N Pooran (237 runs); SKN – E Lewis (343 runs)

Most Wickets: GUY – R Shepherd (18 wickets); SKN – D Drakes (13 wickets)

Most Sixes: GUY – N Pooran (22 sixes); SKN – E Lewis (30 sixes)

Most Fours: GUY – C Hemraj (20 fours); SKN – D Thomas (24 fours)

Most Catches: GUY – N Pooran (10 catches); SKN – S Rutherford, E Lewis (8 catches)

Squads

GUY (likely): N Pooran, A Bramble; C Hemraj, B King, S Hetmyer, S Malik; O Smith, G Motie; R Shepherd, I Tahir, N-ul-Haq Murid

SKN (likely): D Thomas, J Da Silva; E Lewis, S Rutherford, C Gayle; D Drakes, F Allen, Dwayne John Bravo; P Van Meekeren, F Ahmed, J-Russ Jaggesar

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