Trinbago looks to break away from the pack
A disappointing-loss to the Tallawahs the other night now raises the question, are the Tridents finals contenders? Luckily for them, there’s two other teams in pretty bad shape as well which probably keeps them in contention for a top four finish. If they do happen to reach that stage, it looks as if they won’t go much further than the eliminator. With their fingers crossed that Shai Hope can make a return sooner rather than later, the Tridents form with the bat isn’t very promising at all. After initially looking good on debut, Justin Greaves hasn’t been able to back up that maiden-fifty which could see him lose his spot against the Knight Riders. All the expectation & hype that Alex Hales brought to Barbados this season has also fallen flat, scores of 0, 18, 12, 24 & 16 from the Englishman simply isn’t good enough. Even the usually-consistent JP Duminy was kept quiet against the Tallawahs, the team just simply lacks batting depth which has cost them in CPL19. As a result of their poor batting form, the bowlers have been toiling away trying to work miracles in order to keep the score down to a achievable total which is almost impossible given how out of touch their batsmen are. Jason Holder and Sandeep Lamichhane continue to take wickets, while the inclusion of Harry Gurney adds another string to their bow. Raymon Reifer kept the Tridents alive late in the game with some lusty-blows over the rope, scoring a 12-ball 26 and falling just short of victory. Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is a massive signing! Someone of Shakib’s class & experience could be exactly what the Barbados needs to turn around their campaign.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Probably the only other team challenging Guyana for the 2019 CPL title at the moment, Trinbago will be aiming to finish the group stage fixture strongly as they build for yet another finals campaign. The only real injury concern the Knight Riders have is Sunil Narine who’s recovering from a finger problem, apart from that the team is fit & firing. It’s worth mentioning that Trinbago haven’t played a full game of cricket since the 17th of September, their last game (September 21) against St Lucia was washed out with no result. It’s a shame, because Lendl Simmons was in a real purple patch coming off a hot-steak of 63, 86 & 90 at the top of the order. Hopefully he hasn’t cooled off during the 10-day break since his last innings, because he (Simmons) along with teammates Colin Munro and Kieron Pollard also look in ominous touch with the bat. Replacing overseas-signing Mohammad Hasnain for the remainder of CPL19, England’s Chris Jordan will bring a wealth of experience to the side just like Shakib Al Hasan for Barbados. Depending on the availability of Narine, Jordan will likely form a fast bowling-combo with Ali Khan and the all-rounders (Kieron Pollard & Jimmy Neesham). The amount of top order firepower Trinbago now possesses has meant that the likes of Denesh Ramdin and James Neesham haven’t been required of late, Ramdin started the tournament strongly with scores of 33, 21 & 50* but hasn’t batted since. A likely-win should see them OFFICIALLY QUALIFY for the CPL19 finals.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 23
- Jason Holder
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- JP Duminy
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard pick – Roshon Primus
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Lendl Simmons
- Kieron Pollard
- Colin Munro
- Chris Jordan
- Denesh Ramdin
Wildcard pick – Darren Bravo
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles (wk) 2. Justin Greaves/Shai Hope 3. JP Duminy 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Jonathan Carter 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Roshon Primus 9. Raymon Reifer 10. Sandeep Lamichhane 11. Harry Gurney.
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Colin Munro 3. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 4. Darren Bravo 5. Kieron Pollard (c) 6. James Neesham 7. Seekkuge Prasanna/Sunil Narine 8. Chris Jordan 9. Khary Pierre 10. Anderson Phillip 11. Ali Khan.
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