This is a huge mismatch in terms of both teams positions in the CPL standings, it’s first versus sixth in what should only consolidate Trinbago’s spot at the top of the table. Another key factor heading into this match is both teams form guides. The Knight Riders are finishing the tournament strongly having won their last five matches, whereas the Tridents find themselves on the end of a five-game losing streak.
Trinbago are on cloud nine at the moment, we’re at the business end of the group stage where the Knight Riders probably don’t want this honeymoon to end, and their form has increased-rapidly as the tournament gradually progresses towards the playoffs stage. With Colin Munro’s willow smoking like debris on a bonfire and some of their key bowlers finding some form of late, the Knight Riders are shaping up to be the runaway champions in CPL18. The Black Caps opening batsman dominated proceedings once again as he smoked 90 runs off just 56 deliveries against the Amazon Warriors who proved to be no match for Munro. That knock bumped Munro’s tournament average with the bat up to 62.28, he’s absolutely dominated the CPL in 2018! With Chris Lynn getting set to leave the Caribbean, Trinbago will have to reshuffle the order which shouldn’t have a major impact. Lynn’s form in CPL18 has been average at best, so in some ways it could be a good thing to elevate someone like Brendon McCullum or Denesh Ramdin. Munro could find himself cemented in that opening position now, possibly alongside Sunil Narine who’s form with both bat & ball hasn’t been great for the Knight Riders this season. Trinbago will look to their big guns in Munro, McCullum and Darren Bravo to keep getting the job done, all three are intelligent & extremely powerful batsmen who can’t be given an inch. Off-spinner Khary Pierre is 3/3 in CPL18 when it comes to taking multiple wickets. He’s played just three games but has made the most of his opportunity with figures of 2/19, 2/29 and 2/21. Ali Khan’s substantial pace finally did the trick again as he bagged three wickets against Guyana, his form prior to that was questionable. With Dwayne Bravo regularly taking wickets again along with the highly-consistent leg-spin of Fawad Ahmed, Trinbago just about has everything covered.
You’d call 2018 a missed opportunity for the Barbados Tridents, they had all the ingredients required to advance themselves all the way to the CPL playoffs this year, it just didn’t eventuate. Names like Martin Guptill, Steve Smith and Hashim Amla probably caught a lot of people’s attention at the start of the tournament and rightly so, they’re three of the best International batsmen going around which comes as quite a shock to see this team finish this seasons CPL at the bottom of the table. In all honesty, only Australia’s Steve Smith stood out as one of the key overseas signings as he flaunted his ability with the bat as well as his part-time leggy’s. Smith’s brilliance in the field goes without saying, but his added attribute to come on and take wickets really did benefit the Tridents. The former Aussie captain finished CPL18 with 185 runs from seven matches before an injury cut his campaign short. The other two however have been horrendously out of touch in the tournament, Martin Guptill is averaging 16.57 and Hashim Amla just a mere 12. Both have just about played the dame amount of games as Smith as well, so there are no excuses for their lack of contributions. Even the form batsman of the tournament a couple weeks ago has lost his ability to score runs, Shai Hope’s last four innings read – 1, 34, 2 and 1. Nicholas Pooran’s aggressive approach might be the Tridents best bet of finishing their campaign in style, the 22-year-old has three 40+ scores in CPL18 so far. In terms of their bowling stocks, Mohammad Irfan has been hands down their best bowler this year. He may not have started CPL18 in the most tremendous fashion, but he worked his way into the action which has resulted in the big man taking 11 wickets striking at 19.40. The Tridents next best has been Wahab Riaz with 9 wickets, the locals struggling to make an impact in their own competition which is a tad underwhelming.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | CPL | 28th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Colin Munro
- Darren Bravo
- Dwayne Bravo
- Fawad Ahmed
- Brendon McCullum
Wildcard pick – Colin Ingram
Top 5 fantasy picks | Barbados Tridents | CPL | 28th match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Mohammad Irfan
- Shai Hope
- Nicholas Pooran
- Dwayne Smith
- Jason Holder
Wildcard pick – Roston Chase
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Colin Munro 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Ingram 4. Brendon McCullum 5. Darren Bravo 6. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7. Dwayne Bravo © 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles/Kevon Cooper 9. Fawad Ahmed 10. Khary Pierre 11. Ali Khan.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Sunny Sohal 3. Hashim Amla/Martin Guptill 4. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 5. Shai Hope 6. Roston Chase 7. Jason Holder © 8. Raymon Reifer/Ashley Nurse 9. Imran Khan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Mohammad Irfan.