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TRI vs STK | CPL 2019 | Match 1 | Fantasy Cricket Preview | The Defending Champions take on St.Kitts

TRI vs STK | CPL 2019 | Match 1 | Fantasy Cricket Preview | The Defending Champions take on St.Kitts

TRI vs STK: The Caribbean Premier League 2019 is all set to get underway & the first game will see the 3-time champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Kieron Pollard will represent his home team for the very first time in the CPL & the most capped T20 player will lead TKR in the season’s opener.

Lendl Simmons, like Pollard, will make his first appearance for his home side. Simmons has been named a temporary replacement for Colin Munro, who is representing the blackcaps in Sri Lanka. Jimmy Neesham, Dwayne Bravo & Sunil Narine will all feature for the Knight Riders. Also, the exciting Mohammad Hasnain who can hit speeds north of 150 kph will be the player to watch out for.

St.Kitts also have some international stars lined-up in their squad. They have the likes of Evin Lewis, Mohammad Hafeez, Laurie Evans, Carlos Braithwaite & Sheldon Cottrell. Laurie Evans might turn out to be the player to keep a keen eye on. The right-handed batsman has scored 315 runs in 13 games at a strike-rate of 139.38.

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MATCH DETAILS

When: 5th September 2019, Thursday

Kick-Off Time: 4:30 AM, IST

Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

PITCH CONDITIONS

A total of 39 games have been played at his venue with the teams batting first winning 18 & the teams chasing have won 19. Last year, this venue saw the batsmen dominate. The average first innings score was 194.

The average 1st innings score at this venue is 152 while the average 2nd innings score is 140. The highest score at this venue – 225/6. The pitch here is likely to remain unchanged throughout the 40 overs & hence, chasing might be a profitable decision.

TEAM NEWS

Dwayne Bravo will not be available for this game because of a fractured left hand.

Colin Munro was the highest run-getter in the previous edition but the powerful southpaw will miss the first game. Lendl Simmons has been summoned to replace the stylish left-hander.

TRI vs STK EXPECTED PLAYING XI

Trinbago Knight Riders

Sunil Narine, Simmons, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Mark Deyal, Kieron Pollard(c), Jimmy Neesham, Sekkuge Prasanna, Javon Searles, Ali Khan, Khary Pierre, Muhammad Hasnain.

St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Evin Lewis, DevonThomas(wk), Shamarh Brooks, Aaron Jones, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Fabian Allen, Rayad Emrit, Mohammad Hafeez, Sheldon Cottrell, Usama Mir, Alzarri Joseph.

STAT ATTACK

The top scorer from the previous edition, Colin Munro & the highest wicket-taker, Fawad Ahmed were both from the Trinbago Knight Riders.

Evin Lewis is the highest run-getter for St.Kitts. The left-hander has scored 966 runs in 41 games at a strike-rate of 147.03. Sheldon Cottrell, on the other hand, is the highest wicket-taker for the Patriots. He’s managed 39 wickets in 26 matches.

Sunil Narine’s economy rate of 5.49 is the best in the league. However, after a modification in his action, the tweaker hasn’t reached his optimum best. St. Kitt’s, Mohammad Hafeez has the next best economy of 5.78.

The Knight Riders scored 200+ runs twice in the previous seasons.

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