Date & Time: Tuesday, September 08, 19:30 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad, Tarouba, West Indies
It’s time for semifinals in CPL 2020 as Trinbago Knight Riders take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semifinal at the Brian Lara Stadium. The Knight Riders is yet to be beaten in the tournament as they managed 10/10 in the group stage. On the other hand, the Tallawahs just sneaked into the semifinals, if not for another defeat they would have been out of the tournament. The Tallawahs is heavily reliant on certain players with the bat which has been their shortcoming. For the Knight Riders, it’s the opposite as one or other steeped up as a unit. Given the form in the tournament, the Knight Riders start as hot favorites but that counts nothing in a knockout match as one good day will change the fate any side.
As it is a knockout match, it is expected the likes of Sunil Narine, Lendi Simmons, and Dwayne Bravo to be back into the XI. Colin Munro is not available for selection as he is recovering from an injury.
The Tallawahs might consider bringing back Asif Ali in place of Nicholas Kriton.
Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Toin Webster/Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert (wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed,
Jermaine Blackwood, Glenn Phillips (wk), Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell (c), Andre Russell, Asif Ali/Nicholas Kirton, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Veerasammy Permaul, Fidel Edwards
Brain Lara Stadium has proved to be a tough scoring ground in the tournament apart from a couple of matches. But a new pitch is likely to be used for the knockout games. So it might favor batsmen more when compared to the surfaces that have been used in the tournament.
He has missed quite a few matches in the tournament but he has been at his peak in a few matches played. We expect he will be back in this crucial encounter and perform at his usual style. He scored at a PPM of 90 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He is only second to Philips when comes to runs scored in the season. He has contributed with the ball as well earlier in the tournament. We expect he will bowl in this crucial encounter given he didn’t bowl in the last few games. He has a PPM of 56 and MDTA of 1.4 in the tour.
He is among the leading wicket-takers of the season with 15 wickets from 9 matches. He may have gone through a lean patch in the second half of the season but he has been amongst the wickets in the last match. He has a PPM of almost 60 and MDTA of 1.29 in the tour.
The Kiwi batsman has been the most consistent batsman of the season for Jamaica and also the top run-scorer in the season. He has got the team to a good start in almost every match played. His PPM of 50 and MDTA of 1.29 make him a must-have for today’s game.
One can never judge when he will fire or not. But the important thing is that he is back to form at the crucial stage of the tournament. He is known to play big knocks on big occasions so it’s worth trying him as a Captain option in Grand League.
He has been among the top wicket-takers for Jamaica in the season but he hasn’t been as consistent as the spinners in the side. So given the consistency of other bowlers, we didn’t pick him in our SL team.