Prime opportunity for Tridents to pounce on declining-Knight Riders
Trinbago Knight Riders
Both Guyana and Trinbago still look the two best teams in the comp this season, however the Knight Riders form-slump is starting to raise a few questions. It was an epic-battle between the Knight Riders and Amazon Warriors at Queen’s Park Oval a couple days ago, Guyana coming out on top in the end by 19 runs. The ability is well & truly there for Trinbago, it’s been their recent performances that doesn’t make for pleasant reading. In their last four matches, the Knight Riders have lost three and drawn one (decided by DLS). Putting aside all these superstars in their squad and the fact they won last year’s Caribbean Premier League title, Trinbago find themselves in a spot of bother. Sunil Narine has been in and out of the team all season due to injury, and they’ve just started to form a new bowling combination with Javon Searles and Chris Jordan coming into the side late in the tournament. Heavily-reliant on Lendl Simmons and Colin Munro to score bulk of the runs at the top of the order, both Darren Bravo (58*) and Kieron Pollard (71) did a sensational job of stepping up in their absence against Guyana. The skipper (Pollard) was striking at 186+, something that himself, Simmons and Munro have done regularly in CPL19. Despite a couple loose deliveries, Ali Khan bounced back from his shellacking against the Tridents with 1/23. Having not bowled a single ball in the tournament beforehand, Javon Searles surprised everyone with his expensive-but-effective 3/39. It’s unknown if Sunil Narine will return for Trinbago’s next game, Seekkuge Prasanna also remains in the mix.
Barbados would have fond memories of their last encounter with the Trinbago Knight Riders, it proved to be a massive-upset (at the time) in front of an ecstatic home crowd at Bridgetown. Funnily enough, that was the game Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter put on a 110-run opening partnership. Given Alex Hales continuous-woes for the Tridents and an extremely-inconsistent middle order, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to go down the same path tomorrow at Queen’s Park Oval. It just hasn’t been Hales tournament, no matter what he’s tried it’s resulted in failure. With experienced-duo JP Duminy and Shakib Al Hasan strengthening the middle-order, that should allow the Tridents to put their best foot forward in the CPL19 finals. All-rounder Roshon Primus has now been injured twice in the tournament and is once again sidelined, that seems to have brought out the best in Raymon Reifer though who’s been handy with both bat & ball. It’s been difficult to get a grasp on what Ashley Nurse’s role is in the team, he’s a specialist International off-spinner that has barely bowled in CPL19 and has been used more as a lower-order pinch-hitter. When you look at what Hayden Walsh Jr’s producing with the ball at the moment, it’s understandable. Easily the in-form bowler of the competition, Walsh has picked up 15 wickets in just 5 games this season! England’s Harry Gurney has also been superb in his last two matches (3/17 & 2/23) for Barbados.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 28
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Lendl Simmons
- Kieron Pollard
- Colin Munro
- Ali Khan
- Khary Pierre
Wildcard pick – Denesh Ramdin
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Hayden Walsh Jr
- JP Duminy
- Johnson Charles
- Harry Gurney
Wildcard pick – Jonathan Carter
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Mark Deyal/Tion Webster/Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Darren Bravo 5. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 6. Kieron Pollard (c) 7. James Neesham/Seekkuge Prasanna 8. Javon Searles 9. Khary Pierre 10. Chris Jordan 11. Ali Khan.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles (wk) 2. Jonathan Carter 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. JP Duminy 5. Alex Hales/Leniko Boucher 6. Justin Greaves 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Jason Holder (c) 10. Hayden Walsh Jr 11. Harry Gurney.
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