Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) welcome Barbados Tridents (BT) to Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad for Match 28 of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Having already qualified for the playoffs, both teams will look to improve their position in the table to have a better chance of making it to the final. The previous time these two teams met it was JP Duminy who stole the show with the fastest CPL fifty – coming off just 15 deliveries – to help his side win by 63 runs. The Tridents come into this match having won their previous two matches, while their opponents have lost their previous two games and will want to win this match to be in a positive frame of mind ahead of the playoffs.
Ground detail and Team combination
Trinidad has not been a particularly bowling friendly wicket this season. The average first innings score at the venue this season is 174 and since CPL 2018, teams chasing have lost seven and won just two. For the bowlers, Queen’s Park Oval has the worst strike-rate among all the venues this season and is the most expensive ground (8.5) after Sabina Park (9.4) and Warner Park (9.5).
At Trinidad, the pacers are much more expensive (8.9) than the spinners (7.9) however, the quick bowlers’ strike-rate of 20.9 is slightly better than the spinners’ 21.2. Having fast bowling all-rounders, who can bowl with some variations will be handy on this track.
Kieron Pollard smashed 71 off 38 deliveries against the Warriors in the previous match and the fact that he can take the pace of the ball makes him an excellent candidate for captaincy. He has scored 244 runs at a strike-rate of 161.58 and has six wickets to go with it.
JP Duminy played a blistering innings the previous time these two teams met, scoring 65 off just 20 deliveries. His off-spinners too have come in handy, largely due to the spin-friendly wickets at Barbados, but he could come in handy here as well. His four wickets in the tournament so far have come 13 balls apart.
Shakib Al Hasan has joined the Barbados Trident team just at the right time. He has played just two of matches so far and has played a couple of handy knocks. He has not taken the tournament by storm yet and this could very well be the match where he shows his prowess with bat and ball. He will occupy the No. 3 spot, like he did for Bangladesh in the World Cup. The Tridents need a good knock from him for them to improve their position in the table as they look for a top two finish.
Sunil Narine has been in and out of the TKR side, but there is no denying that his presence will make a lot of difference. He has gone wicketless just once in five matches, but if he plays, TKR will want to him to take the team off to a flying start, just like he against the Tallawahs on September 6, where his blistering 22-ball 46 gave his team a match-winning total. He has dismissed four right-handed batsmen at 14.5 and strike-rate of 12.5, which is encouraging as Tridents have players like Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons and Alex Hales batting at the top and could be susceptible against Narine
Hayden Walsh has surprised everyone with his deadly bowling in the tournament, having picked up 15 wickets at 9.80 and he gets his wickets once every 7.8 deliveries. A good burst of four overs could leave the opposition in tatters. He will go into this match against this opposition full of confidence as he registered his best T20 figures of 5 for 19 when they last met less than a week ago.
Suggested FanFight Team
Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan, JP Duminy, Kieron Pollard, Johnson Charles, Chris Ali Khan, Harry Gurney, Hayden Walsh