The Epic Battle between Knight Riders and Tridents
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.607|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||2||2||0||0||0||4||0.584|
|St Lucia Zouks||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.208|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||3||0||3||0||0||0||-0.733|
The build up to the 9th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 is huge where defending champions Barbados Tridents meet the current table toppers Trinbago Knight Riders. The Knight Riders have won both their games so far and look in red hot form at the moment. The Tridents on the other hand have one once in two games and shall be eager to win this contest. They had won the last three games against the Knight Riders which will add to their confidence.
The problem for the Barbados Tridents has been their batting as in both the games so far we have seen individual brilliance but as a team the batting unit hasn’t been in great form as was evident in their previous game. Knight Riders would look to exploit this weakness. But Tridents are a good team and hence we expect to this to turn into an epic battle given the kind of players in both the camps.
Kieron Pollard would be a happy man. His side came in with a lot of expectations being one of the strongest squads in the tournament and they haven’t done anything to the contrary. They have won both their games so far registering a convincing 7 wicket win in their last game against Jamaica Tallawahs. Pollard would want his men to carry the same momentum into this game.
The opening combination of Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine will look to provide the side with a good start. Narine has already shown his good form in the series so far. Colin Munro and Darren Bravo have also done well and they would look to lay the perfect platform for the likes of Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Tim Seifert to do the big hitting. The side has good firepower down the order and shall look to put it to good use.
Their bowlers have done a good job so far in the series with the new ball pair of Ali Khan and Jayden Seales doing well for the side. Narine has also been extracting good assistance from the surface so far is Fawad Ahmed. The skipper would want to see better bowling efforts from Dwayne Bravo and Khary Pierre who were expensive in the last game.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Tim Seifert (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Khary Pierre, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed
Mitchell Santner, Johnson Charles, Ashley Nurse, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Rashid Khan, Corey Anderson, Shai Hope, Jason Holder
Jason Holder and his men might consider themselves unlucky to have lost the last game against the St Lucia Zouks under the DLS system but it was indeed an extremely poor effort from them. Now they are up against the table toppers and shall need to play their best brand of cricket to win it. Holder will expect the senior players in the squad rise up for the challenge.
Johnson Charles and Shai Hope need to play long innings in the next game. They haven’t stitched big partnerships yet in this tournament. Corey Anderson has had poor outings so far and shall be eager to contribute in the next game. Kyle Mayers, Holder and Jonathan Carter have to do the big hitting towards the end given the kind of form we have seen from their top-order so far in the season.
Kyle Mayers will need to improve his line as he opens the bowling with Jason Holder in the next game. The side has two wonderful spinners in Hayden Walsh and Rashid Khan and they will need to spin a web for the Riders’ batsmen. Mitchell Santner looks in good form at the moment and the side will count on him to contain from one end as other bowlers wickets in the game.
Jason Holder (c), Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh
Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Jayden Seales, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, Fawad Ahmed, LMP Simmons, Ali Khan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||1.57 k/h||From: S||92%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||1.69 k/h||From: S||41%|
|06h||13||0 mm.||1.69 k/h||From: SSE||19%|
|09h||12||0 mm.||1.73 k/h||From: SSE||1%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||1.82 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||0.77 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|18h||31||0 mm.||1.89 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||30||0 mm.||2.53 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
The skies over Trinidad would be clear on August 23 and this will be welcome change from what we have seen in last few days. The pitch is expected to get bit slower and this will make it difficult for the batsmen to play their strokes and spinners are expected to do well on this surface. Any score above 160 runs would be a fighting total on this track.
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad is a good T20 wicket where there is support for the batsmen as well as bowlers. Batsmen who get adjusted to the pace of the surface do well at this venue while fast bowlers do get their assistance in the early overs. It is however the spinners who enjoy bowling on the surface most as the odd ball here tends to turn sharply creating doubts in the mind of the batsmen.
Bowling first seems to be the winning mantra on this wicket as teams have failed to really figure out a decent score here with the odd ball is misbehaving here. This is the reason most teams have opted to invite the opponents to bat upon winning the toss and we expect the same in this game as well.
This is building up to be one of the best games of the season so far with the kind of talent and batting firepower the two sides bring to the table at the moment. The Barbados Tridents are coming into this game after a loss and they would be eager to rise up to the occasion and do well. The Knight Riders have so far dominated and most of their key players are looking in good form. It will be a very close game for now but going with the momentum we shall put our money on the Trinbago Knight Riders to win the game.
Trinbago Knight Riders to win