Date & Time: Sunday, August 23, 19:30 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad, West Indies
The biggest carnival of this summer is just about boiling up and the 9th match has arrived to entertain the fans. The Dwayne Bravo-led Trinbago Knight Riders are in red-hot form while the Barbados Tridents had a bitter-sweet time, winning one and losing one. They were brilliant in the first game but failed to make things happen in the rain-hit game.
On the other hand, Trinbago Knight Riders are performing brilliantly in the middle, especially, their star player Sunil Narine, who is in exceptional form. Riding on his performances, TKR has won two out of two games and are placed second in the points table. If they manage to win this game, they will sit pretty firmly at the top of the table with good NRR.
Sunil Narine has claimed three wickets before scoring back-to-back match-winning half-centuries in the last two games. Besides Narine, others like Colin Munro and Darren Bravo have chipped in with valuable contributions in the past two run-chases. Meanwhile, Barbados fared pretty poorly with the bat in both games and are heavily reliant on the likes of Rashid Khan, Jason Holder and Mitchell Santner.
Looking at the batting order of TKR and bowling lineup of Barbados Tridents, the match is expected to be a cracker of a contest for the fans.
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Khary Pierre, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder (c), Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh
So far in the tournament, bowlers have been exceptional with pitch assisting them beautifully. Even now both teams have some brilliant spinners to make things fall in place. Once again, a spin track is expected for this game, which means that batsmen will have to fight with all their skills to score big for their respective teams. All in all, a low-scoring thriller is in line for fans.
Can we have any other name apart from him at the moment? The all-rounder has been sensational for TKR in both games so far and is expected to deliver in a similar way for this game as well. He should be your first pick in a fantasy team.
Just like Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan has been brilliant with his bowling spell in both games. The spinners have been economical and also bowling crucial overs in the match, which would make him a must-have player. With pitch assisting spinners, expect Rashid to play a big role.
The lanky all-rounder has been exceptional for Barbados in both sections of the game. He is delivering goods with the bat and also bowling his quota of overs, which makes him a must-have player for this contest.
Conditions favoring spinners? Then we should have Mitchell Santner, who can make the most of the opportunity. He has been brilliant with his bowling and delivering wickets on a regular basis for Barbados. With the same pitch being used once again, Santner can be your trump card.
You never know with Colin Munro, one day he gets duck and on another day, he can whack you out of the park to get his century. He is our big bet player for this game. The New Zealander has been getting starts with the bat but failing to convert them into big knocks.
Much like Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard has always been a star for his side. He is just one opportunity away from delivering goods for his side. Pollard is batting in the middle-order for his side and waiting for one good chance to prove his worth for his new franchise.