With 14 points in 8 matches, Barbados Royals continue to lead the points tally in CPL 2022. Their last match against Guyana Amazon Warriors was a low-scoring affair that saw their bowling attack deliver a convincing victory, confirming the team's spot in the playoffs.
Entering the business end of the tournament, the Royals will be keen to keep the winning momentum going as they gear up for their next clash. Though, they will be without the services of their two star performers, captain David Miller and keeper-batter Quinton de Kock, who have left for international duties. Kyle Mayers will take charge as the captain for the remainder of the tournament.
CPL 2022: Match 24 - Barbados Royals vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Providence Stadium, Guyana
10:00 AM local time
The teams now move to Guyana for the last leg of the league stage. Both teams have played five T20s at this ground, with the Royals winning 2 of them and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots claiming a solitary victory. Historically, they have faced off on 15 occasions in T20 cricket, and the Patriots lead the head-to-head numbers with 10 wins to their name.
|Matches||Bat 1st win||Bat 2nd win||Avg 1st inns score||Toss win - bat||Toss win - bowl|
|Last 10 matches||10||4||4||162/6||4||6|
Captains have traditionally opted to chase at this venue where the average first-innings score has been 142/7. Fast bowlers have found more success here than the spinners, accounting for 50 of the total 87 wickets to have fallen at this ground in the last 10 T20s.
In the spotlight: Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman
The Afghan spin wonder joined the Royals squad in the second half of the tournament but straightway started making an impact. His sensational figures of 1/4 in 4 overs guided the team to close out a crucial victory in their last game against the Warriors. In the same match, his unbeaten 9-ball 19 helped the team total go past the 100-run mark in the first innings.
With the South African pair gone and the playoffs in sight, it's a good time for the Royals' bench strength to be tested. Both Azam Khan and Devon Thomas are designated wicketkeepers and destructive batters in the middle order, and there will be a toss-up between the two for Quinny's spot, depending on the team combination. The likes of Harry Tector and Teddy Bishop have also been impressive with the bat, and it'll be interesting to see who steps into their skipper's shoes.
• Obed Mccoy needs 1 wicket for 100 T20 wickets
• Rahkeem Cornwall is 1 short of 100 fours in T20s
• Jason Holder needs 2 more for 100 catches in T20s and 50 catches in CPL