CPL

Gayle promises something special for dangerous Knight Riders

By September 14, 2018

Chris Gayle’s St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are a game away from a second consecutive Hero Caribbean Premier League final and the big left hander is determined to turn the tables on the dangerous Trinbago Knight Riders for the chance to do so. 

Gayle was speaking after his Patriots turned the tables on the highly-fancied Jamaica Tallawahs, winning a thrilling first eliminator by two wickets.

“These guys (Knight Riders) have been at the top of the table and the Warriors are in the final and I have a score to settle with them so I have to go through Trinidad to get to them,” Gayle said after the game.

For the Patriots to have any chance against the Knight Riders, Gayle believes his team has to get the basics right in a way they haven’t up until this point, even with a win over the powers Tallawahs under their belt.

“I’m still looking for a better bowling display from our team. We still haven’t got it right. Once we stick to the basics and restrict teams to lower scores it will get easier for our batting,” said Gayle.

While the Patriots have won an eliminator to get to what is, in essence, the competition’s semi-final, the Knight Riders are there because of one of their very few hiccups in the tournament, a loss to the Guyana Jaguars.

That fact, Gayle is hoping, gives his side that little edge it needs to get past the powerful Knight Riders.

“I have confidence in the guys and this momentum will be good for us going into the match against Trinbago on Friday,” he said.

One of the keys for Gayle is the batting of Anton Devcich. The New Zealand batsman struck a boundary-filled 51, during the eliminator against the Tallawahs, an innings that has been long in coming, with a number of low scores lined up before that.

Devicich’s innings, Gayle hopes, will be just the start the talented batsman needs to go on and help propel his team to the final and possibly a title.

“We expect him to do well in the middle order against the leg spinners and it’s good to see him come of age when it is required,” said Gayle of his man-of-the-match batting performance.

“Hopefully he can use this momentum against Trinidad and score some more runs for us,” said Gayle.

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