The 5th game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 will be played between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
The match starts at 12:00 PM local time (4:00 PM GMT) (9:30 PM IST)
This series will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders made a perfect start of the Caribbean Premier League 2019 (CPL). They won both their matches thus far which they played at their home ground in Port of Spain. The Knight Riders sneaked through an 11-run win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the opening game of the tournament. They followed it with a 22-run win over the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Trinbago franchise will take the field for the 3rd time in five days, once again at their home venue as they face the St Lucia Zouks. The Daren Sammy-led team began their campaign with a close defeat against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Chasing a target of 156, Zouks got to their fifty for the loss of two wickets by 6th over. However, they eventually fell 12 runs short despite the depth in their batting.
TKR will face St Lucia in Port of Spain during a sunny day. The match that would begin at 12 PM local time is expected to be under the sun. However, between 1 AM and 3 PM, periodic clouds with showers are predicted in the weather forecast.
After a low scoring first game, a better surfaced was rolled in Trinidad witnessing a high-scoring affair on Friday. The game between TKR and Zouks will be played in the day time. Since the match starts at 12 PM local time, the conditions could be perfect for batting. Another high-scoring match could be on the way at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Average first innings score: 188 (CPL matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 6
Darren Bravo might be benched one more match before he resumes after suffering a concussion during the Test series.
Dwayne Bravo is ruled out of the tournament due to a finger injury.
Probable Playing XIs:
Trinbago Knight Riders:
Lendl Simmons, Tion Webster, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard (C), James Neesham, Seekkuge Prasanna, Javon Searles, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Muhammad Hasnain.
Bench – Dwayne Bravo, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Amir Jangoo, Mark Deyal, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan.
St Lucia Zouks:
Andre Fletcher, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre McCarthy, Najibullah Zadran, Daren Sammy, Christopher Barnwell, Thisara Perera, Obed McCoy, Fawad Ahmed, Krishmar Santokie, Kesrick Williams.
Bench – Colin de Grandhomme, Kavem Hodge, Roland Cato, John Campbell, Hardus Viljoen, Jeavor Royal, Christopher Barnwell, Keddy Lesporis.
Kieron Pollard has been a different beast in T20s this year altogether. Pakistan pacer Muhammad Hasnain could well end up picking 2-3 wickets every time he bowls at death with luck going in his side. Lendl Simmons would be hoping to make a mark in his final game of the season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Sunil Narine, James Neesham, Rahkeem Cornwall
Vice-Captain – Kieron Pollard, Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin
Sunil Narine and Rahkeem Cornwall are ideal options as captain. Both the players bowl 3-4 overs every match and open the innings or bat at No.3 in the same match,
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Andre Fletcher (VC)
Batters – Chris Gayle, Tion Webster, Najibullah Zadran
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine (C), Jimmy Neesham, Rahkeem Cornwall
Bowlers – Obed McCoy, Fawad Ahmed, Muhammad Hasnain, Khary Pierre
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Denesh Ramdin, Andre Fletcher
Batters – Kieron Pollard (VC), Daren Sammy, Lendl Simmons
All-Rounders – James Neesham, Thisara Perera, Rahkeem Cornwall (C)
Bowlers – Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan
The teams for this match could vary based on the pitch conditions. Our two suggested playing XIs do work if the pitch is one slower side. An extra batsman can be picked if there are enough indications of a high-scoring match.
Trinbago Knight Riders are expected to continue their winning streak.
*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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