It’s been one of the most entertaining openings to a T20 tournament ever, this year’s CPL has left very-little to the imagination inside the first three matches. Trinbago are seeking a win after the Tallawahs pulled off one of the greatest run chases in the CPL’s short history, meanwhile the Patriots are searching for their first win of the tournament after losing their opening game.
Apart from the Knight Riders, it was all smiles at Queen’s Park Oval where Jamaica’s Andre Russell stunned the crowd as he brought his team back from the dead with the Tallawahs sinking at 5-41. The Tallawahs had no right to win this match, but Andre Russell had other ideas as he smashed home the fastest CPL hundred whilst powering his team to victory in emphatic fashion. For Trinbago, it was a devastating loss. Pakistani born speedster Ali Khan made a complete mess of Jamaica’s top order, figures of 3/24 suggested that the Knight Riders were going to once again runaway with the game. In the end, it wasn’t to be but take nothing away from Khan’s bowling, he’s a huge asset for this Trinbago side in 2018. Sunil Narine was uncharacteristically dealt with which is a rarity along with Dwayne Bravo who’s change ups didn’t make the slightest impact as he ended with damning figures of 0/59. Thankfully Andre Russell doesn’t feature in every opposition side, if he wasn’t there it might have been a completely different story. On a positive note, it was good to see their superstar batting trio break the shackles & unleash some almighty blows. Chris Lynn (46), Colin Munro (61) and Brendon McCullum (56) all contributed a significant amount of runs to the total, if they can find some consistency they’ll be a lethal batting unit. Munro has now posted consecutive half centuries while Fawad Ahmed and Ali Khan are looking threating with the ball, the Patriots might need a Gayle-inspired innings to unsettle this Knight Riders outfit.
Too much was left up to Chris Gayle in their tournament opener against the Amazon Warriors who did well to work around the wicket of St Kitts & Nevis’s star batsman. Take nothing away from Gayle, it was a blistering knock as we’ve come to expect from the big man, but he quite simply didn’t have a whole lot of support from anyone else. Fellow opening batsman Evin Lewis lost his wicket early which hurt the Patriots from the outset, when those two get in a rhythm at the crease together it’s just about game over. The immediate thought that comes to mind for St Kitts and Nevis in CPL18 would have to be their batting depth, or lack of. Ben Cutting usually bats No. 6 at best in the BBL for the Brisbane Heat, and Tom Cooper probably isn’t that attack option they’re looking for at No. 3. The order looked a bit jumbled in their first match, New Zealand’s Anton Devcich who’s a specialist opener and Brandon King who’s a youthful top order batsman featured in the middle-lower order. They found themselves in a similar situation last season, simply due to the dominance of Gayle and Lewis they didn’t require a lot from the rest of their line-up. Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will be a huge loss for them when he has to depart halfway through the competition, but for now he’s playing his role to perfection as a wicket-taking opportunist. As impressive as Lamichhane was with his 2/12 off four overs, the rest of the attack leaked runs without much success.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | CPL | 5th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Colin Munro
- Chris Lynn
- Ali Khan
- Dwayne Bravo
- Sunil Narine
Wildcard pick – Brendon McCullum
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts & Nevis Patriots | CPL | 5th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Chris Gayle
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Evin Lewis
- Sheldon Cottrell
Wildcard pick – Ben Cutting
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Sunil Narine 2. Chris Lynn 3. Colin Munro 4. Brendon McCullum 5. Darren Bravo 6. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7. Dwayne Bravo © 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles 9. Ali Khan 10. Fawad Ahmed 11. Shannon Gabriel.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle © 2. Evin Lewis 3. Tom Cooper 4. Anton Devcich/Mahmudullah 5. Brandon King 6. Carlos Brathwaite 7. Ben Cutting 8. Devon Thomas (wk) 9. Sandeep Lamichhane 10. Sheldon Cottrell 11. Alzarri Joseph/Jeremiah Louis.
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