Trinbago Knight Riders Vs St Lucia Kings, Match Preview
After a shaky start to the tournament, defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders stormed into the semi-finals. They won consecutive games, and found their rhythm brilliantly to make the knockout stage.
The Trinbago Knight Riders have managed to find the right balance as the season reached the back-end. Ravi Rampaul has been in brilliant form, leading the attack upfront, and Sunil Narine has been near his best. Akeal Hossein and Jayden Seales have also done a great job with the ball, allowing the bowlers to choke sides with the ball.
The batting has been scratchy at times.Top-order batters like Simmons and Munro have found moments of brilliance to carry them through. The man for the Knight Riders with the bat this season has been Kieron Pollard. He is as explosive as ever, coming in towards the end and making quick scores to get the team a good score.
St Lucia Kings finished fourth and have had a few issues despite looking good in the tournament. With a full-strength squad they have some brilliant names and most of their players are in form. They have had some brilliant performances from Faf Du Plessis, and Roston Chase. Tim David has finished well and Alzarri Joseph has been good with the ball in the middle-overs.
Their bowling did show some worrying signs in their final league game when they failed to defend 190. The loss put their tournament in jeopardy, but the Kings were lucky to see Jamaica lose, which helped them qualify. Barring injuries, they have been a balanced side. The batting has come good, while the bowling has been supportive. They started well, and had the potential to be one of the best sides in the league. With two games to go, they have a brilliant opportunity to take the trophy home.
Trinbago Knight Riders Vs St Lucia Kings, Team News
The St Lucia Kings used Rahkeem Cornwall in the absence of Faf Du Plessis. Du Plessis has injured his groin and there is no timeframe on his return. If he is fit, he will slot back at the top. In case the injury is a little more severe then expected, St Lucia could continue with Cornwall. The bowling is a slight concern after failing to defend 190. With Kesrick Williams on the bench, the Kings could rotate their pacers to make room for him.
Trinbago are likely to go unchanged into the next game. They used Isuru Udana in the previous fixture and have Yasir Shah on the bench. In case the surface offers some turn, Trinbago may swap the two overseas players.
Trinbago Knight Riders Vs St Lucia Kings, Predicted XIs
Trinbago Knight Riders: Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Tim Seifert, Isuru Udana/ Yasir Shah, Akeal Hossein, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales
St Lucia Kings: Rahkeem Cornwall/ Faf Du Plessis, Andre Fletcher, Roston Chase, David Wiese, Tim David, Keemo Paul, Samit Patel, Jeavor Royal, Mark Deyal, Wahab Riaz, Alzarri Joseph
Trinbago Knight Riders Vs St Lucia Kings, Players to Watch out for
Ravi Rampaul has been in good form this season. A strong season has allowed him to make the national side at the age of 36. He last played for the West Indies in 2015, and signed a Kolpak Deal, which put a halt to his international career. Now he is back for the World Cup, and with two games to go, Rampaul will be hoping to make a huge statement ahead of the big tournament.
Roston Chase is another player who has looked brilliant through the season. He has done well in the middle-order while chipping in with some handy overs. He will be hoping to take his team to the trophy after a strong season.
Trinbago Knight Riders Vs St Lucia Kings, Pitch Report
With the season coming to an end the surface can be a bit slow. The spinners are likely to have some purchase, while balls may keep a little low. The batters however may find it easy to go for their big shots. The ground has seen some big scores and big sixers, which could promise some entertainment. With explosive batters on both sides, chasing doesn’t seem a bad option.