Jamaica Tallawahs’ biggest challenge against rampaging Knight Riders
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||6||6||0||0||0||12||0.669|
|St Lucia Zouks||7||5||2||0||0||10||0.488|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||7||3||4||0||0||6||0.077|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||7||1||6||0||0||2||-1.014|
It is 21st game at the Caribbean Premier League 2020 and two of the best sides would be taking on each other. The Jamaica Tallawahs come into this game with a massive 37 run win against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the side is looking in good form at the moment. The Trinbago Knight Riders on the other hand won a nail-biting game against the Barbados Tridents to stamp their dominance this season.
The Knight Riders have won all their games so far and have already earned a place in the semi-finals. This would take the pressure off their shoulders. They have a great record against the Tallawahs whom they had defeated earlier in the season as well. The Tallawahs on their part have a very strong batting line-up and it is in this game that they would want their key players to perform well.
Rovman Powell’s side won the last game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots convincingly by 37 runs. Their top order fired in the game and the bowlers defended the score well. Here they are up against a side against whom they don’t have a great record, and Powell would want his players to rise up to the challenge to win this game.
The new opening pair of Glenn Phillips and Nkrumah Bonner played well in the last game and they will need to repeat this magic in this game. Jermaine Blackwood and Asif Ali also looked in good form. Down the order Powell will need to do well in this game and leave it to the pair of Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite to do the hitting towards the end of the innings.
Mujeeb ur Rahman has been in excellent form this season with the ball and he shall look to provide a good start alongside Fidel Edwards. Brathwaite’s return to form with the ball is great news for the side. Sandeep Lamichhane is playing his role in the middle overs well at the moment and along with Russell and Veerasammy Permaul makes this bowling attack look very strong.
Rovman Powell (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Andre Russell, Jermaine Blackwood, Asif Ali, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Veerasammy Permaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Fidel Edwards
Chadwick Walton, Fidel Edwards, Carlos Brathwaite, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Glenn Phillips, Rovman Powell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Asif Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane, Andre Russell
Kieron Pollard’s side has looked in sensational form so far in the tournament. It was only in their last game against the Barbados Tridents that the side faced a stiff challenge but they won a thriller by two wickets of the penultimate ball of the game, their sixth consecutive victory this season. Having won against the Tallawahs earlier in the season Pollard would be confident going into this game.
Lendl Simmons and Toin Webster haven’t fired so far in the tournament and they will look to do well in this game. Colin Munro, Darren Bravo and Tim Seifert have played their part well this season and this adds to the balance in the middle order. Pollard himself has been in good form and played a match winning knock in the last game. He along with Akeal Hosein and Sikandar Raza bring in the big hitting skills towards the end of the innings.
Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre have bowled well with the new ball and they have been keeping the scoring rate under check which their team would look forward to doing the same in this game. Jayden Seales and Fawad Ahmed are giving nothing away at the moment. The side will hope for good support from Raza, Pollard and Webster in this game.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Tion Webster, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Tim Seifert (wk), Sikandar Raza, Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Jayden Seales, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, Fawad Ahmed, LMP Simmons
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||30||0 mm.||2.33 k/h||From: SSW||14%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||2.12 k/h||From: SSE||4%|
|06h||24||0 mm.||2.34 k/h||From: S||1%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||2.22 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||3.11 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|15h||33||0 mm.||3 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|18h||39||0 mm.||2.33 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|21h||37||0 mm.||1.32 k/h||From: S||0%|
The weather over Trinidad is expected to be clear on September 1 and we should see a high scoring game here. The pitch has played well and allowed batsmen to play their strokes early. There has been some assistance for the fast bowlers early on in the game and spinners have done well in the second innings. The side that bats first will eye a score around the 160 run mark to feel comfortable on this wicket.
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad is a good surface for the batsmen and we have seen several high scoring games on this surface. The pace and bounce on this surface is true. There is some assistance for fast bowlers in the early overs and the spinners do well here as the game progresses and the pitch gets slower.
The last five games at this venue has seen the side batting first successfully defend the score on four occasions. There have been some high scoring contests at this venue this season and hence we expect the captains to opt for batting first upon winning the toss and aim at putting up a big score on the board.
It will be clash of titans given the kind of batting firepower the two teams bring into the table. The Jamaica Tallawahs have had their problems at the top order but that was sorted out in the last game. Their finishers are in great form and spinners have done well for the side. As for the Trinbago Knight Riders they haven’t done a thing wrong so far in the season and have won all their games so far. There is little to choose between the two teams but Knight Riders owning to their form and better record against the Tallawahs would start favorites in this game.
Trinbago Knight Riders to win