Date & Time: Sunday, October 06, 20:30 IST
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana, West Indies
Will momentum play a role in the knockout?
The CPL gears up for its crucial phase of Playoffs on Sunday as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders face off in the Eliminator. The season for these two teams has gone in contrasting ways. Knight Riders after a great start with four wins, have won nothing in the last 6 games leading them to finish at No.4 in the table. On the other hand, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have won only one game in the first 5 games of the season but later they turned the tide around with four wins in the next five. The momentum is clearly in opposite directions for both these sides but it might not count for anything in the knockout contest.
Alzarri Joseph who missed the last match of Patriots league match is likely to slot in for Dominic Drakes in the playing XI. There are no clear reports of Sunil Narine’s availability, and if unfit, Akeal Hosein is likely to continue in the Playing XI.
The Guyana surface has given a lot of assistance to the spinners as the game progresses throughout the tournament, and there is no reason to expect anything different today. Batsmen can also take advantage of short boundaries if they have the skill to take on the spin.
The Knight Riders captain is the most consistent player in today’s match. He has never let go of an opportunity to perform which reflects in his MDTA (lowest of all contestants) of 1.25 in the 10 matches played. He has a PPM.of 59.1 which makes him a must-have.
He may not be as consistent as Pollard, but he absolutely dominates when he performs well. He has a PPM 60 in the 9 matches played which makes a must have pick in the Dream11 cricket team.
The Patriot’s all-rounder’s late form is one of the reasons for the presence of the side in the Playoffs. He has come up with all-round performances that provided dividends in the second half of the season. On Sunday, his role going to be pivotal once again, especially given the turn on offer in Guyana.
He has been the most consistent bowler for Patriots in the seasons. He has chipped in with at least a wicket most of the time. If not with the ball, he has come up with few handy runs lower order which makes him a must-have in today’s match. Of all the players playing today, he has the second highest DTA (6) for the tour along with Evans; albeit with a pedestrian PPM of 38.1.
The Patriots skipper’s form in the last 5 games has been impressive where he has a PPM of 63. He has come up with a couple of match-winning performances. The only thing with him is he can be erratic at times which is reflected in his rather poor MDTA of 2.5 in the last 5 matches and 3.33 for the tour. This clearly makes him a big bet in Today’s contest.