Caribbean Premier League, 2018
Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Stars, 1st Match
The sixth edition of the Caribbean Premier League will get underway on Wednesday, August 08, with the defending champions’ Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars in the tournament opener.
Venue:- Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Match Timings:- August 09, 2018, Wednesday at 05:30 AM IST
The defending champions, Tribango Knight Riders boast of a formidable batting line-up with the likes of Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro and Darren Bravo. The addition of Australian T20 star and a tearaway marauder of the cricket ball, the potency of the top-order have peeked at an all-time high.
With the bowl too, the attack of the defending champions’ looks far from mediocre. In Sunil Narine, whose power-packed hitting against the spinners makes him a potent all-rounder and a key cog in any team; his off-spin bowling is still a force to reckon with in T20 cricket. Alongside Narine, Trinbago boasts of Dwayne Bravo; one of the best T20 cricketers going around.
Their opponents in St Lucia Stars had an abysmal 2017 campaign and will hope for a winning start against the defending champions’ in the 2018 opener. Although his form wasn’t particularly great in the GLT20, the addition of Australia’s swashbuckling opener, David Warner will lend potency to Lucia’s top-order. Johnson’s Charles horrifying form was one of the many reasons of St Lucia’s struggles last year. With the signing of Lendl Simmons, they seem to have addressed the issue and if the out-of-form Warner and Simmons can form a formidable opening pair, it’ll go in a long way in setting the tone for the side. Apart from all-rounders like Pollard and Darren Sammy, St Lucia Stars also boast of a potent fast-bowling pair of Kesrick Williams and Mohammed Sami. The duo had combined to claim 27 wickets for Jamaica Tallawahs last year.
The pitch at the Port of Spain traditionally suits the spinners. The average first innings score in 6 matches played on the venue is 129 which drops to 123 while chasing.
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TKR vs STAR Squads:-
Trinbago Knight Riders:-
Dwayne Bravo, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Ronsford Beaton, Javon Searles, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Phillip, Fawad Ahmed, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo, Shannon Gabriel
St Lucia Stars:-
Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rahkeem Cornwall, Obed McCoy, Odean Smith, Jaskaran Malhotra, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Dasun Shanaka, Christopher Lamont
TKR vs STAR Playing 11 :
Here’s how the two sides might lineup for TKR vs STAR:
Wicket-keeper: Denesh Ramdin
Batsmen: Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Darren Bravo
All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro
Bowlers: Kevon Cooper, Fawad Ahmed, Shannon Gabriel, Hamza Tariq
Wicket-keeper: Andre Fletcher
Batsmen: David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Mark Chapman, Darren Sammy
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Rahkeem Cornwall
Bowlers: Obed McCoy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami
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