The Match 23 of the Caribbean Premier League 2019 between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders will be hosted by Kensington Oval, Barbados.
The match starts at 6:00 PM local time (Sep 26); 10:00 PM GMT (Sep 26); 3:30 AM IST (Sep 27). This tournament will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders have qualification in their sights as they travel to Barbados to face the Tridents in Match 23 of CPL 2019. Although they started the season very brightly, the Knights Riders have faded with two losses and a washout in their last few games. Under the able leadership of Kieron Pollard, TKR has emerged as a strong contender with Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons leading the way for them.
After a tough loss to Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents will hope to bounce back into winning ways and add to their tally of four points in CPL 2019. They are boosted by the arrival of Daniel Christian and also wait for Shakib Al Hasan. With a balanced bowling unit in their midst, Barbados looks set to get the two points and jump to fourth place in the points table at the expense of Trinbago Knight Riders.
As per the weather report, it is expected to be a clear day in Barbados with temperatures hovering around 27-31 degrees and humidity at 77 percent. Although some rain is expected on Thursday, the match shouldn’t be interrupted and will be completed by the look of things.
Pitches in the Caribbean Island have slowed down over the course of the tournament, which is the case at the Kensington Oval as well. Spinners should get some turn while the pacers should use the overcast conditions to the best of their ability upfront.
Average first innings score: 136 (In 22 T20Is)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 12, Lost – 10
Injury and Availability News:
Sandeep Lamichhane is unavailable as he joined Nepal team to take part in the tri-series in Singapore.
Probable Playing XIs:
Johnson Charles (WK), Alex Hales, Justin Greaves, Daniel Christian, JP Duminy, Jason Holder (c), Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Harry Gurney, Roshon Primus/Hayden Walsh.
Bench: Leniko Boucher, Roshon Primus/Hayden Walsh, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope
Trinbago Knight Riders:
Colin Munro, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard (C), Jimmy Neesham, Darren Bravo, Seekuge Prasanna, AkealHossain, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip and Ali Khan
Bench: Mark Deyal, Sunil Narine, Javon Searles, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster
In the absence of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard has led the side admirably with both bat and ball. His tally of 170 runs in five innings is the second-highest for TKR. Scoring those runs at a commendable strike rate of 158, Pollard holds the key in the Trinbago Knight Riders’ middle order.
Harry Gurney didn’t have the best of starts in CPL 2019 but is one of the most sought after T20 bowlers in the world. Coming into the tournament on the back of a stunning T20 Blast campaign with 22 wickets to his name, Harry Gurney’s subtle variations are a perfect fit on this surface.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Colin Munro, JP Duminy, Jimmy Neesham
Vice-Captain – Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Alex Hales
With a strike-rate of 167.57 in his two outings with the bat, Colin Munro stands out as the most destructive batsmen on either side heading into this game.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper –Denesh Ramdin
Batsmen –Johnson Charles, Alex Hales, Colin Munro(C), Kieron Pollard
All-Rounders – Justin Greaves, Jimmy Neesham, JP Duminy (VC)
Bowlers – Raymon Reifer, Harry Gurney, Khary Pierre
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Denesh Ramdin
Batsmen – Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro (VC), Alex Hales (C)
All-Rounders –Jimmy Neesham, JP Duminy, SeekugePrasanna, Justin Greaves
Bowlers – Josh Lalor, Harry Gurney, Khary Pierre
Kensington Oval pitch has slowed down which should help the spinners and medium pacers like Raymon Reifer and even Kieron Pollard to make an impact with the ball.
Run-scoring is easy in the first six overs with the field restrictions also in play. Picking openers in the fantasy team would be an ideal punt.
Defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders lack the bowling resources when compared to Barbados, which should help the home side get over the line.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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