Knight Riders’ challenge to continue with the momentum
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||3||3||0||0||0||6||0.657|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||4||2||2||0||0||4||0.493|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||3||1||2||0||0||2||-0.135|
|St Lucia Kings||3||1||2||0||0||2||-2.367|
It is the 11th game in Caribbean Premier League 2021, and it is expected to be a tough battle between the Trinbago Knight Riders and the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Knight Riders registered a comfortable win in the last game against the Saint Lucia Kings while the Guyana Amazon Warriors have lost the last two games against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors had defeated the Knight Riders in the first game of the season and the side would like to draw confidence from that win. Their bowlers haven’t looked in good rhythm and this would be surely worrying the skipper. The Knight Riders are coming into this game with their confidence restored and they would like to win it here.
Kieron Pollard’s side registered a massive 27-run win in the last game against the Saint Lucia Kings. While their bowlers did well in the last game the side is still struggling with the form of its batting line-up. Pollard would look up to his top order to come up with a better show in the game as they can ill-afford this kind of form.
Lendl Simmons has been on and off with his form and needs to deliver a good show at the top with Sunil Narine. In the middle order Tion Webster looks good and the side would be happy with the way Pollard is striking the ball at the moment. They would also like to see runs from the bat of Colin Munro and Tim Seifert down the order.
The new ball attack of Ravi Rampaul and Jayden Seales has not been in the best of form, and they would look to strike early in the game. Akeal Hosein has been a standout bowler for the side and did well in company of the experienced Sunil Narine. The side would also like to see tight spells from Isuru Udana and Pollard in this game.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Tion Webster, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Isuru Udana, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales
Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Akeal Hosein, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, Tion Webster, LMP Simmons, Isuru Udana
Back-to-back defeats has jolted the campaign for Nicholas Pooran’s side. Pooran would be upset with their 6-wicket loss against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the last game where they threw it away after looking well set for a win. The side needs to win this game to get its campaign back on track and the skipper would like his players to put up a good all-round show.
Mohammad Hafeez played well in the last game and the side would like to see a good start from him and Chandrapaul Hemraj. Shimron Hetmyer is doing well and needs to set up good partnerships with Pooran and Brandon King in the middle order. In Shoaib Malik, Anthony Bramble and Odean Smith they have players who can do the big hitting towards the end.
Naveen-ul-Haq needs to deliver early blows with Nial Smith and both these bowlers looked in poor shape in the last game. Imran Tahir has done well, and the side would depend on him to deliver them a win in this game. Odean Smith, Shoaib Malik and Hafeez must bowl good lines as they are up against a power packed line-up that Knight Riders have.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Brandon King, Mohammad Hafeez, Shimron Hetmyer, Shoaib Malik, Odean Smith, Imran Tahir, Nial Smith, Naveen-ul-Haq, Anthony Bramble
Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Ashmead Nedd, Shoaib Malik
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The skies would be clear on August 31 over St Kitts. The surface has been slightly tricky, and batsmen must play the patient game on this surface to do well. Bowlers haven’t found much favor from the surface either and the side that bats first would need 170 runs or so on the board to feel safe.
Warner Park, St Kitts has been a good venue for the batsmen as the fast outfield and smaller boundaries allows them to score runs. Fast bowlers find it hard to bowl on this track without much assistance for them. Spinners have enjoyed good record over the years with the slowness in the surface assisting them.
In the nine games played so far at this venue this season only twice has the side chasing the score won games. The wicket has shown signs of getting slower as the game progresses which makes it tough on the batsmen. Thus, the side winning the toss would have no hesitation in batting first.
Guyana Amazon Warriors come here with two consecutive losses and the side would be under pressure here. Their bowling attack lacks strength, and the side would like to make improvements in this department here. Trinbago Knight Riders have a very strong batting line-up and their win in the last game would tilt the balance in their favor. The side would start nose ahead in this game.
Trinbago Knight Riders to win