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CPL Eliminator – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots V Trinbago Knight Riders – Fantasy Preview

No second chances, winner advances while loser exits CPL19 playoffs

 

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

With their opposition going through a bit of a rough patch form-wise, St Kitts & Nevis probably heads into this match as the firm favorites. It’s strange in the sense that Trinbago have won three out of their last four games against the Patriots, however it’s St Kitts & Nevis who had the last laugh in match 14 which ended up going to a super over. Another key factor heading into this CPL19 eliminator is that the Patriots form in the competition is far more superior than their opponents. Compared to the Knight Riders four-game losing streak, the Patriots have won four out of their last five games which saw them overtake Trinbago in the standings. After a troublesome-period at the top of the order, Devon Thomas finally dropped down the order and looked much more comfortable at No. 5 in their last game. Pakistani-veteran Mohammad Hafeez replaced Thomas in the opening slot, however he to struggled to maintain a healthy strike-rate. Sharmarh Brooks who top-scored with 53 the Patriots against Barbados could be a potential opening option as well as the hard-hitting Laurie Evans. Their seamers were superb against the Tridents, Sheldon Cottrell and skipper Carlos Brathwaite were back to their best picking up 3 wickets each, Rayad Emrit was also a solid option finishing with 2/24. Promising-youngster Alzarri Joseph is expected to return to the side for this all-important eliminator at Providence, other than that the Patriots could maintain a winning playing XI. Expect to see some individual-fireworks from either Carlos Brathwaite or Fabian Allen, perhaps both!

Trinbago Knight Riders

Now is not the time for any team to be struggling in the competition, unfortunately for Trinbago that’s exactly what they’re going through at the moment. It seems like an eternity ago since the Knight Riders last win, four-consecutive losses plus a draw must be a bitter pill to swallow for a team that dominated this tournament last year. Sunil Narine’s continuous-absence is proving to be quite damaging to the team’s moral, you just feel that Trinbago are a much more damaging & potent side with him in it. A return isn’t out of the question though, Narine could potentially find himself back in the Knight Riders XI come Sunday. If that is the case, they’ll be glad that their experimental-top order will be put to bed. Javon Searles and Denesh Ramdin were promoted up the order which ended in failure, Colin Munro and Kieron Pollard were left to build a partnership and more importantly salvage the innings. Lendl Simmons could perhaps be Trinbago’s biggest key to winning Sunday’s eliminator, he’s shown how destructive he can be throughout CPL19 with scores of 63, 86, 90 & 60. Munro is also a proven-CPL dynamo with the bat, his inability to play spin however could prove a stumbling block. Another reason why Trinbago is desperate to get back Narine for this match is their lack of wicket-taking, they don’t currently have a genuine option who can consistently produce multiple-wickets. Chris Jordan has only taken 2 wickets in three games, and it’s been six matches since Ali Khan last made two ore more breakthroughs in a game.

James Neesham (L) of Trinbago Knight Riders express disappointment Brandon King (R) of Guyana Amazon Warriors get runs during match 30 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders at Guyana National Stadium on October 4, 2019 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL ELIMINATOR

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Sheldon Cottrell
  • Evin Lewis
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Fabian Allen

Wildcard pick – Alzarri Joseph

Trinbago Knight Riders

  • Colin Munro
  • Lendl Simmons
  • Kieron Pollard
  • Khary Pierre
  • James Neesham

Wildcard pick – Sunil Narine

PREDICTED TEAM XI’S

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Sharmarh Brooks 2. Evin Lewis 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Laurie Evans 5. Devon Thomas (wk) 6. Carlos Brathwaite (c) 7. Fabian Allen 8. Keron Cottoy 9. Rayad Emrit 10. Sheldon Cottrell 11. Alzarri Joseph.

Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Kieron Pollard (c) 7. James Neesham 8. Javon Searles/Mark Deyal 9. Chris Jordan 10. Khary Pierre 11. Ali Khan.

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