Date & Time: Thursday, September 10, 19:30 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad, Tarouba, West Indies
It’s time for the mega final in the Caribbean Premier League 2020. In a tournament that produced boring and sub standard games, Trinbago Knight Riders have stood out from the rest of the teams. They are yet to lose a game in the season and with the way they have performed so far a loss in the final will be upsetting for sure. On the other hand, their opponents Zouks are certainly the second-best in the tournament. They have utilised the few resources to the fullest and performed above their weight. The final challenge wouldn’t have been any bigger than the Knight Riders for the Zouks but they will take some inspiration from when they had fought against the Knight Riders in the group stage.
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Tion Webster, Tim Seifert (wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed, Ali Khan
Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Javelle Glenn, Daren Sammy (c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan
Spin, spin, and spin. It is what took the headlines so far in the tournament whether it is at Brain Lara Stadium or Queen’s Park Oval. So don’t expect anything out of the ordinary in the final match as well. Batsmen have their work cut out once again. Picking as many bowling options especially spin is the way to go.
He may have missed few games in the second half of the season but he is the most consistent performer of Knight Riders. He had a PPM of 81 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour. Given how conditions played at this venture and considering the number of left handed batsmen in the opposition, we expect he will be one among the top performers in this match.
He is one of the top performers for Zouks in the season where he has come up with all-round performances. His performance in the final is expected to be even more crucial as Mohammad Nabi seems to have lost some sort of form late in the season. He has a PPM of 54 in the four.
In a tournament where spinners dominated most of the games, the Kiwi pacer proved to be equally good. He is the joint highest wicket-taker in the season alongside Tahir. If spin won’t work for the Zouks he is expected to step up for them.
He hardly got to bat in half of the games in the tournament, that is because of the way the Knight Riders’ top order performed. But when the top order failed he has been the main man for them. Not just with the bat but he has also been handy with the ball as well when spinners weren’t amongst the wicket-takers.
He is at the top of the charts for the leading wicket-taker in the format. But recently he hasn’t been at his best as he failed to replicate his old mojo. So considering his recent form and the way spinners dominated the tournament we excluded him from our SL team.