St Lucia Kings Vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Match Preview
St Lucia Kings are off to a disastrous start losing their first game by over 120 runs against the Jamaica Tallawahs. The bowlers struggled with Wahab Riaz giving over sixty in his three overs. The batters didn’t have much to do as they could only go one way with the target and collapsed due to scoreboard pressure. Faf Du Plessis was dismissed for a duck on his comeback after a concussion injury.
A bright spot for the St Lucia Kings is the performance of Tim David. The all-rounder has been doing well in franchise Cricket for the past year and he fought back alone with a good 56. The Trinbago Knight Riders fought back well after losing the first game and are looking solid with their bowling. Isuru Udana was brilliant with a five-wicket haul in the second game, and Sunil Narine has also been consistent with the ball. Kieron Pollard looks good as well with a fifty in the second game to steer Trinbago home.
The bowling in particular looks good for Trinbago as they restricted their opponents in both games. The batting however is yet to step up. The top-order in particular is yet to fire. In both games the Knight Riders were reduced to low scores upfront indicating their batting issues.
St Lucia Kings Vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Team News
The Trinbago Knight Riders may open with Colin Munro and push Sunil Narine down the order with the top-order struggling.
The St Lucia Kings may look at their bowling options with the bowlers taking a beating in the first game. After a heartbreaking performance, they may look to rest Wahab Riaz for a game in a bid to allow him to find his rhythm again.
St Lucia Kings Vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Predicted XI
St Lucia Kings: Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Roston Chase, Mark Deyal, Tim David, Keemo Paul, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy
Trinbago Knight Riders: Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Isuru Udana, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales
St Lucia Kings Vs Trinbago Knight Riders
The recently retired Isuru Udana has announced himself in the Carrbiean Premier League with a wonderful five-wicket haul. He carried the bowling against the Barbados Royals to restrict the opposition to a low-score. With Udana free from international commitments he will be looking to use this tournament as a key into other franchise leagues. He is a handy bowler with some wonderful variations and will be looking to enjoy his time as he plays T20 Cricket around the World with more freedom.
Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis suffered a concussion in the Pakistan Super League which led him to miss the Hundred and kept him out of action for nearly three months. He had varied symptoms but is finally back on the field. His comeback didn’t go well as he was dismissed for a duck, but Faf will be hoping to make use of his experience in the upcoming fixture. With the T20 World Cup coming up, Faf will try his best to make use of the tournament to show South Africa that he is still a candidate for the big event.
St Lucia Kings Vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Pitch Report
The pitch has been good for batters and is going to continue that way. There have been some low-scoring games though indicating slight slowness in the surfaces. Going by the recent games, batting first and getting a reasonable score on the board seems the best way to go. Teams haven’t been chasing as well, and a score above 160 could be enough to defend and win.