Date & Time: Saturday, August 29, 19:30 IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad, Port of Spain, West Indies
CPL 2020 is into its second half of the season and there seems to be a gap between top two placed teams and the rest. One of those teams Knight Riders who face Barbados on Saturday is yet to be beaten in the tournament and is going from strength to strength. Barbados, on the other hand, won two & lost three games. They are placed at No.3 in the points table with slightest of good net run rate but they are pretty far from the top 2 spots in the points table. When these two sides met earlier in the season it was a high scoring affair where Barbados fell by 16 runs short. This time around it certainly won’t be such a high scoring affair with the way matches panned out this week. Expect it to be all about bowlers who are exploiting conditions better.
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine/ Toin Webster, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Sikandar Raza, Dwayne Bravo, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed.
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder (c), Corey Anderson, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh, Nyeem Young,
The Queen’s Park Oval has been on the low scoring side so far in the tournament and has offered more than enough assistance for spinners. On Saturday a new surface might be used for the weekend games but we expect nothing easy for batting.
He may have missed the last two games but we expect him to be back for the weekend clash. In the 3 matches played in the tour, he has been phenomenal with a PPM of 92 which is the highest by any player in the tournament with at least 3 matches played.
He may not have scored at a PPM in the ’90s but he made more than enough contributions for the team on a consistent basis. He has scored points either with bat or ball in every game and in a few of the games came up with all-round performances as well. His PPM of 53 and an MDTA of 1 in the 6 matches played makes him a must-have.
He is one of the consistent players for Barbados alongside Holder. Apart from a lone game he has chipped in with at least a wicket in the remaining games. He has scored at a PPM of 48 in the tour. A key take away for fantasy players is, it’s better not to try him as a Captain or Vice-Captain in Small League given the presence of left-handers in the opposition which is a shortcoming of the leggie.
He has at least got to a decent start in every match played so far apart from the last game. When two sides played each other earlier in the season he has come up with a half-century. In this match, we expect nothing short of his PPM of 42 in the tour given there is no quality off-spinners in the opposition to trouble him.
He had a good first-class 2019 season where was amongst the top run scores. He seems to be just transferred it into the T20 format as well. He is not one of those consistent players who give you points in every match but he can be the game-changer when he gets going. His performance in the last match is a prime example of it.
After the first game, he performed well only in the last game that he has played. In between, he went dry, which is due to the presence of too many left-handed batsmen in the opposition. The same situation is in front of him in this encounter as well. So we expect nothing big from him, hence we didn’t consider him as a Captain or Vice-Captain in any team.