Dominant-Knight Riders aim for third straight win
Trinbago Knight Riders
The absence of star veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo doesn’t seem to be hurting Trinbago’s on-field performance, in fact they’ve started this season’s Caribbean Premier League on fire registering consecutive wins. Having already made some significant adjustments due to the unavailability of both Dwayne Bravo and New Zealand’s Colin Munro who won’t feature in the Knight Riders opening three games, the team has had plenty of others step up in their absence. Having played just 6 career T20’s, Tion Webster led the way for Trinbago in their last match against the Tallawahs with an unbeaten 66 at the top of the order. Trinbago skipper Kieron Pollard has also been a solid contributor with the bat in the first two games with scores of 47 & 33* down the order. Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been somewhat of an X factor for the Knight Riders, he’s been lively with the ball and in the field. Sunil Narine remains the Knight Riders biggest trump card, he picked up wickets in their last match and polished off a quick-fire 46 with the willow. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hasnain showed promising signs in the first match with the ball claiming 3/36, expect Trinbago to stick with him and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre who’s been an economical option for Pollard.
St Lucia Zouks
It wasn’t the most convincing opening game for St Lucia, the result didn’t go their way and there’s certainly plenty of room for improvement. Going down by 13 runs to the Amazon Warriors, things could’ve gone a lot worse given some of the short pitched bowling they produced. Plenty of drag downs from Krishmar Santokie in particular wasn’t a pretty sight, Obed McCoy also leaked runs despite taking four wickets. At the end of the day, 4/41 in a T20 match is probably a pass! One man who should feature prominently for the Zouks in this year’s CPL is Rahkeem Cornwall. Fresh off a test debut against India, the bulky all-rounder showcased his attributes at the top of the order for St Lucia with a 14-ball 36. His bowling will also come into at some stage in the tournament as an experienced off-spinner. Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was impressive claiming 2/25 deceiving both Malik and Rutherford, they just need more contributors with the bat next time around. Cornwall top scored with 36, Both Andre’s (Fletcher & McCarthy) fell cheaply which left them in a spot of bother early. Making his CPL debut, Afghani wildcard Najibullah Zadran looked ominous in his brisk innings of 23 and could potentially drop down a few spots as a finisher.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 5
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Sunil Narine
- James Neesham
- Denesh Ramdin
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Kieron Pollard
Wildcard pick – Ali Khan
St Lucia Zouks
- Fawad Ahmed
- Rahkeem Cornwall
- Andre Fletcher
- Krishmar Santokie
- Najibullah Zadran
Wildcard pick – Kesrick Williams
Possible Team XI’s
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Tion Webster 3. Sunil Narine 4. James Neesham 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Kieron Pollard (c) 7. Javon Searles 8. Seekkuge Prasanna 9. Khary Pierre 10. Mohammad Hasnain 11. Ali Khan.
St Lucia Zouks (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher (wk) 2. Rahkeem Cornwall 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Najibullah Zadran 5. Chris Barnwell/Keddy Lesporis 6. Darren Sammy (c) 7. Thisara Perera 8. Kesrick Williams 9. Obed McCoy 10. Krishmar Santokie 11. Fawad Ahmed.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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