Although rainfall is expected on Thursday, it should stay away during the match hours. There is a small chance that the match is delayed or interrupted with a cloud cover of 96% expected during the start of the game. While the temperature should hover around 26 degrees Celsius, at least a shortened match should be completed.
A good batting track with ample turn for the spinners awaits both sides. Considering the persistent rain prior to the start of the match, the pitch could be a touch on the slower side. Pacers will also tend to revert to off pace deliveries which should make for an even contest between bat and ball.
Average first innings score: 153( 6 CPL Matches at the venue)
Record of chasing teams:Won – 4, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Alex Hales, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, JP Duminy, Jason Holder (C), Ashley Nurse, Hayden Walsh, Harry Gurney, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (C), Denesh Ramdin (WK), Seekuge Prasanna, Chris Jordan, Ali Khan, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre
Bench: Tion Webster, MarDeyal, Anderson Phillip, Jimmy Neesham
Colin Munro starred in the final with a superlative fifty as he guided TKR to the CPL 2018 Trophy. Although he has scored 215 runs in seven innings so far, he is capable of much more in the Trinbago Knight Riders’ top order. Sunil Narine returned with a bang in the previous game with an astonishing spell of bowling. With figures of 2/10 to show for, Narine looks to be in good form and should make good use of the conditions.
JP Duminy has been one of the best middle-order batsmen in the CPL this year. His tally of 281 runs is quite commendable with his part-time off-spin also coming into play. In spite of playing only seven games, Hayden Walsh has picked 19 wickets so far for the Tridents. His record against the Knight Riders is also good with the leggie picking a fifer earlier in the season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Shakib al Hasan
Vice-Captain – Darren Bravo, Alex Hales, JP Duminy
Colin Munro’s record in the T20 format makes him a bankable option with the Kiwi due for a big knock in CPL 2019.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Johnson Charles
Batsmen –Colin Munro (VC), Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Jonathan Carter
All-Rounders –Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan (C), JP Duminy
Bowlers –Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper –Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin
Batsmen – Colin Munro (C), Alex Hales, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons,
All-Rounders –Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan (VC)
Bowlers – Hayden Walsh, Harry Gurney, Khary Pierre