Date & Time: Sunday, September 08, 21:30 IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
Can the Zouks stop the Knight Riders Juggernaut?
The Trinbago Knight Riders have gotten off to a terrific start, winning two out of two games. They have been in a spot of bother on both occasions but like most champion sides do, they have found a way to get out of it. The St Lucia Zouks started off with a loss to the Warriors a couple of days back. They were always behind the 8-ball in that game and will look to do things better tonight. TKR have a strong bowling line-up and an extremely destructive middle order. Their only possible weakness was in their top 3 but Tion Webster proved otherwise. The Zouks have a good mix of bowlers in their side but batting is there issue. A couple of al- rounders, who are the seniors as well, should step up to put up good totals.
If Munro is available, he should replace L Simmons at the top. If not, the same XI for TKR. SLZ might think it is too early to chop and change but J Campbell might a look in for A McCarthy.
The pitch at Port of Spain has been a belter for batsmen in the recent past. The average first innings score last season at this venue was 194 in 5 games. There has been a 190+ score in the last 2 games as well.
The veteran is back to where it all started for him. He has been getting a lot of runs including some international T20 runs. He scored a 32 ball 47 in the opening game as well.
The all-rounder shut all critics with a 22 ball 46 and 2 wickets in the last game. He can certainly turn games around, win games with the bat and ball. His return to form will only make it better for TKR.
After a brilliant World Cup for the Blackcaps, he continued his good form with a match-winning performance with bat and ball in the opening game. He is certainly capable of doing more of that in the coming games as well.
An overseas pro and a T20 specialist. He has not disappointed at all. His T20 record speaks for himself and he announced himself in this CPL with a crafty 2/25. He could break into the middle order of TKR.
The 22-year-old has a bag of tricks in his armory. He used them well in the last game and picked up 4/41. He is really the trump card with the ball as far as the Zouks are concerned.