After nearly 3 long weeks of hard cricket, the climax of the Caribbean Premier League is upon us with the final to be played on 15th September.
It has been a spectacular cricket tournament in the beautiful islands of St. Kitts & Nevis with the fervent party atmosphere in the stands making it a carnival of cricket.
A new winner will be crowned as the home side, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots cricket team booked their berth in the final by defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, St. Lucia Kings confirmed its 2nd consecutive final appearance after taking out defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders cricket squad in the other knockout match.
CPL 2021 Tale of the Semis
In the 1st CPL 2021 Semi-Final, St. Lucia Kings won the toss and posted a mammoth total of 205 despite suffering an early setback. Mark Deyal played a superb knock of 78 from 46 balls which included 6 maximums, to set the tone for rest of the team. Roston Chase, David Wiese and Tim David all scored more than 30 runs to play their part in the latter-stages of the innings.
For once the potent Trinbago Knight Riders bowling-unit was in complete disarray with everyone except Sunil Narine and Akeal Hosein conceding over 12 runs per over. Even Ravi Rampaul, the top-wicket taker of CPL ’21 only returned with figures of 1/56.
In the 2nd CPL 2021 Semi-Final, Guyana Amazon Warriors were comprehensively beaten at the hands of St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots by a margin of 7 wickets with a couple of overs to spare. The Amazon Warriors posted their best score of the cricket tournament but it was far too modest for the Patriots top-order.
Cricketer Chris Gayle produced the early fireworks before his opening-partner Evin Lewis went absolutely ballistic. The left-hander ripped the Warriors bowling-unit to shreds scoring an unbeaten 77 off just 39 deliveries containing no fewer than 8 sixes.
Caribbean Premier League Betting Odds
Having home-advantage on its side, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots cricket team are the clear favourites among the bookmakers to win the final with an offer on 1.72 on Neobet.
With an extremely powerful batting line-up comprising of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo the Patriots seem capable of chasing down any score.
They possess a well-rounded bowling-unit with Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes and Naseem Shah forming the pace-attack while Fabian Allen and Jon-Russ Jaggesar are the two main spinners.
Despite reaching the final last season and looking the more consistent side, St. Lucia Kings head into the match as the slight underdogs with a 2.10 offer on Neobet.
While the Kings may not have a devastating batting-card, there are 4 batters in the line-up with over 200 runs as Roston Chase, Faf du Plessis and Tim David all are among the top-5 batsmen of this CPL.
They seem to have the better bowling-unit as well with 3 of their bowlers, Kesrick Williams, David Wiese and Jeavor Royal taking 10 or more wickets in the tournament
CPL 2021 Players to Watch
The St. Kitts & Nevis opener is the highest run-getter of the CPL ’21 with 420 runs. Lewis has 2 fifties and a hundred in the past 5 matches and at 3.10 on bet365, he is an obvious pick to be the top-scorer of his side.
Left-arm seamer Dominic Drakes is the leading wicket-taker for St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots with 15 dismissals so far. Having picked up 8 wickets in the last 4 games, he is likely to be their top bowler with odds of 3.50 on bet365.
Jeavor Royal, the left spinner for St. Lucia Kings is the top wicket-taker of his side with 12 dismissals. After going through a couple of matches without any wickets, Royal could make a big impact in this all-important match.
CPL Cricket Betting Tips
Total Sixes – Over 15.5 at 1.83 with bet365
This seems a likely outcome since both cricket teams averaging more than 8 sixes per match.
Total Runs – Over 300.5 at 1.83 with bet36
With two sets of powerful batting line-ups on either side, both cricket teams may well score above 150 runs each.
Most Sixes in this cricket Match – Evin Lewis at 4.00 with bet365
Evin Lewis has been head and shoulders above the rest in this regard with 38 sixes in the cpl 2021 tournament so far
St. Lucia Kings should win the CPL 2021 final.
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