Saint Lucia Kings battle against Knight Riders’ dominance
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
|Trinbago Knight Riders||10||6||4||0||0||12||0.7|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||6||4||0||0||12||0.109|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||10||6||4||0||0||12||-0.328|
|St Lucia Kings||10||5||5||0||0||10||-0.159|
The league games are done and defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders would take on the Saint Lucia Kings in the 1st semifinal of the Caribbean Premier League 2021. The Knight Riders are in good form, and they come here with a win against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Saint Lucia Kings on the other hand suffered a massive loss against the Barbados Royals in their last game.
Trinbago Knight Riders have dominated the rivalry between the two sides where they have won nine out of the last ten games the two sides have played. They have players for big occasions, and they would look to take the side through to the final. It will be interesting to see if the Kings are able to cause a major upset winning this game as there would be pressure on both the camps to perform.
Kieron Pollard’s side has momentum on its side after their brilliant win against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. In a game where the advantage shifted continuously, Pollard’s side held on to its nerves and won the game by 4 wickets. They have good record against the Kings and Pollard would like to extend that and make it to the final.
Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin need to convert their starts which they have failed to do in the last few games. Colin Munro has had a good season and needs to set up partnerships in the middle with Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard who is in great form. Isuru Udana and Sunil Narine would look to add to the score down the order making their batting formidable.
The side would expect tight spells with the new ball from Narine and Isuru Udana as they are up against a strong top order that the Kings have. Jayden Seals and Akeal Hosein will have to bowl tight spells in the middle overs and the side would also expect good supporting role from Ali Khan and Pollard in this game.
Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Isuru Udana, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Ravi Rampaul
Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Ravi Rampaul, Akeal Hosein, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, LMP Simmons, Ali Khan
Faf du Plessis who missed the last game due to a groin injury is likely to make a comeback. He would be upset with the bowling efforts of his side in the last game where they failed to defend a big score against Barbados Royals losing by 8 wickets. They are up against a very strong side against whom they don’t have the best of records and hence du Plessis would like his side to put on a spirited show here.
Faf du Plessis has looked in brilliant for and shall aim to offer an electrifying start in company of Andre Fletcher who scored runs in the last game. Roston Chase is the leading run scorer in the tournament and shall look to set up a good stand with Rakheem Cornwall and Tim David. David Weise, Keemo Paul and Samit Patel would have to push up the scoring as the Knight Riders have an experienced bowling attack.
It was a terrible show from their bowlers in the last game. Jeavor Royal did well but others leaked runs. Wahab Riaz needs to make good use of his experience and so does Alzarri Joseph as they can’t afford to bowl poor lines against the Knight Riders. The side would also like to see tighter spells from Roston Chase and Weise in this game.
Faf du Plessis (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Tim David, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Alzarri Joseph, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Rakheem Cornwall
Jeavor Royal, Mark Deyal, David Wiese, Alzarri Joseph, ADS Fletcher, Tim David, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kadeem Alleyne, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||0.75 mm.||7.48 k/h||From: E||100%|
|03h||28||0.36 mm.||7.84 k/h||From: E||100%|
|06h||28||0.19 mm.||6.93 k/h||From: E||100%|
|09h||28||0.17 mm.||6.04 k/h||From: E||100%|
|12h||28||0 mm.||6.11 k/h||From: E||97%|
|15h||28||0.17 mm.||5.87 k/h||From: ESE||50%|
|18h||29||0.18 mm.||5.94 k/h||From: E||48%|
|21h||28||0.74 mm.||6.27 k/h||From: E||81%|
We expect to see cloudy skies over St Kitts on September 14 and there are good chances for rains. The wicket has been flat, and batsmen have scored lots of runs throughout the season. The side that bats first in this game would be happy to put 170 runs on the board as chasing this total won’t be easy.
Warner Park, St Kitts has a batting friendly surface where the fast outfield comes in aid of the batsmen. Big scores have been put up on this surface in the past. Fast bowlers find it hard to bowl on this surface that doesn’t have much swing on offer. Spinners tend to enjoy good success at this venue.
There is little on this surface for the bowlers, but the weather is expected to be overcast which would offer some assistance for the bowlers. It is a knockout game and there would be pressure on both the camps. The side winning the toss shall like to play safe and most likely opt for bowling first.
Saint Lucia Kings would be under pressure owning to their poor record against the Knight Riders in the past. Their bowling attack is struggling, and this is something that the side would need to fix going into this game. The Knight Riders have players for big occasion, and they have won three semifinals in the last four editions, and this would make them favorites to win this game.
Trinbago Knight Riders to win