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Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Lucia Kings by 27 runs
Knight Riders’ battle to avenge loss against Saint Lucia Kings
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League T20 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Trinbago Knight Riders would be up against the Saint Lucia Kings in the 9th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021. The two sides had met in the earlier game where the Kings won the game by 5 runs. While the Knight Riders’ batsmen should have had an easy chase, they left too many runs for the last few overs that denied them the opportunity to register a win in the game.
Knight Riders have enjoyed an excellent record against the Kings the loss in the last game was their first in the last 10 games. They have good strength with the bat and a bowling attack that has good experience. It will be interesting to see if the Knight Riders are able to reestablish their dominance or the Saint Lucia Kings make it two in two.
Kieron Pollard’s side messed up the chase in the last game. Though they came close to the victory target losing by 5 runs the side had hurt itself by playing dot balls and not rotating the strike. They have enjoyed good success against Saint Lucia Kings in the past and Pollard shall want his players to take inspiration from those wins.
Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster played slow and made it difficult for the side. They would have to work on their strike rate opening the batting. Colin Munro looked good and adds punch to the middle order with Time Seifert and Sunil Narine. The side would expect big hitting from Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Isuru Udana in the final overs of the game.
Akeal Hosein and Jayden Seales did well in the last game and similar show would be expected from them at the start. Rampaul and Narine bring years of experience to the table and the team would like to see them keep the batsmen tied down. Udana has already grabbed a 5-wicket haul the tournament and shall look to play well here.
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, Jayden Seales, Tim Seifert, LMP Simmons, Tion Webster, Isuru Udana
Faf du Plessis would be relieved after getting the monkey off their back as they defeated the Trinbago Knight Riders in the last game, their first win against the Knight Riders in the last 10 games. As they play the same opponents the skipper would like his side to come up with a better performance here as the Knight Riders would come hard at them.
Openers Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher put up a strong show opening the batting in the last game and similar efforts would be needed from them here. Faf du Plessis hasn’t scored runs and he will have to build partnerships with Mark Deyal and Roston Chase. Tim David came up with a good show in the last game and makes the batting string with Keemo Paul.
Their bowlers looked good in defending the score and didn’t allow the Knight Riders to settle in. Wahab Riaz and Jeavor Royal did well with the new ball and the side would look for early wickets from them. Roston Chase also did well in the last game, but the side would hope to see tighter spells from Rahkeem Cornwall, Paul and Alzarri Joseph who were expensive in the last game.
Faf du Plessis (c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Mark Deyal, Tim David, Keemo Paul, Wahab Riaz, Alzarri Joseph, Usman Qadir, Jeavor Royal
Faf du Plessis, Mark Deyal, Alzarri Joseph, ADS Fletcher, Tim David, Kesrick Williams, Roston Chase, SR Patel, Rahkeem Cornwall, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul
The skies would be clear on August 31 over St Kitts. The surface has looked good to bat on early in the game but does get slower as the game progresses. Batsmen would have to be careful while choosing their strokes. A score over 170 runs would be a good one for the side batting first.
Warner Park, St Kitts has historically been a good venue to bat on and batsmen have played their strokes and scored runs. Fast bowlers usually find it hard to bowl on this track where there is little for them. Spinners have enjoyed good record here in the past as the ball stops on the batsmen.
In the seven games played so far at this venue the side batting first has gone on to win five games. The wicket has been getting slower as the game progresses making chases difficult. The side that wins the toss would have this in mind and they are likely to opt for batting first in this game.
Saint Lucia Kings won the last game against what most experts had suggested. However, the side has still shown some weaknesses in their middle order. They would need to correct on that to win here. Trinbago Knight Riders despite the loss in the last game have a very good side and they bring in great batting strength to the table and this would give them slight edge into this contest.
Trinbago Knight Riders to win
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