This highly anticipated top of the table clash sees both the front-runners of the competition battle it out for supremacy. Trinbago are currently sitting on top of the points table with four wins, closely followed by St Kitts & Nevis sitting second with three straight wins.
The Knight Riders just find a way to get the job done, that was again the case when they managed to lose their two power-hitters McCullum and Munro early, putting them in a tough situation chasing 153 for victory. The odds were heavily stacked against them at that point in time, that was until a miracle-knock from mystery spinner Sunil Narine left everyone speechless as the hometown hero blasted a 45-ball 79 that has to go down as one of the best pinch-hitting innings in the history of twenty20 cricket. The specialist spinner has turned into an X factor with the bat as well, if you didn’t think Sunil Narine could do wonders with the ball, he now possesses an all-round ability that shouldn’t be disregarded by opposition teams. in Narine’s shadow was Darren Bravo who is starting to find form for the Knight Riders at just the right time, he’s managed 75 runs in his last three matches, not overly-impressive but vital when McCullum and Munro have quiet outings. It’s apparent that Trinbago revolve around four key players – Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo. That’s such a strong core-group of players that the others are significantly relieved of pressure, that has allowed the likes of Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Kevon Cooper and Shadab Khan to contribute in smaller ways when the stars are on display, the Knight Riders are a complete outfit that look to be the team to beat in this years CPL.
The Patriots have been equally as impressive, they’ve played two-less games then Trinbago but have managed to win all three of them quite comfortably. I wouldn’t quite call them the complete team like the Knight Riders are, but they have a lot of handy utilities to balance out the makeup of the line-up. Afghani all-rounder Mohammad Nabi had his best game of the tournament so far scoring 24 runs off just 9 deliveries and picking up an extremely-economical 3/15 from his four overs. Part-time off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez made up for his golden duck with the bat, claiming 3/22 off his full quota of overs as the spinning duo of Nabi and Hafeez combined for six wickets in the innings. Pakistan teammate Hasan Ali has been a great addition to the St Kitts & Nevis line-up as well, picking up four wickets in his three matches. No matter what sort of impact Chris Gayle has with the bat, the hype around the big-hitting Jamaican is buzzing given what he’s achieved over his illustrious career. After his unbeaten 66 against Guyana, Gayle was kept quite by St Lucia scoring just 12 runs before he was dismissed, that opened the door for the modern-day prodigy of Gayle himself, Evin Lewis. A blistering-92 run knock from Lewis off just 52 deliveries had the crowd on the edge of their seats as they witnessed seven huge-blows sail over the rope in a slogging-spectacular! This is the team who can match it with the form team of the comp, It’s going to be an epic battle between these two heavyweight CPL sides.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | 13th match | Port of Spain
- Sunil Narine
- Brendon McCullum
- Dwayne Bravo
- Kevon Cooper
- Colin Munro
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts & Nevis Patriots | 13th match | Port of Spain
- Chris Gayle
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Mohammad Nabi
- Hasan Ali
- Mohammad Hafeez
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Brendon McCullum 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Dwayne Bravo (c) 7. Shadab Khan 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles 9. Kevon Cooper 10. Khary Pierre 11. Ronsford Beaton.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle (c) 2. Evin Lewis 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Brandon King 5. Devon Thomas (wk) 6. Carlos Brathwaite 7. Mohammad Nabi 8. Jonathan Carter 9. Samuel Badree 10. Hasan Ali 11. Tabraiz Shamsi.