Caribbean Premier League 2019 preview: St Lucia Zouks vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Caribbean Premier League 2019 preview: St Lucia Zouks vs Trinbago Knight Riders

Match details:

Series/ tournament name: Caribbean Premier League 2019

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 5:30 a.m. IST

Preview: 

St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders will face off in the match 18 of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Gros Islet on Saturday. The game is a must win for the home side who just have two points from four matches. On the other hand, the visitors are pretty much right on track for a place in the playoffs with eight points in five matches. In the previous encounter between both teams earlier in the competition, it was the Knight Riders who came out on top with a seven-wicket margin. 

Weather report: It is expected to be cloudy throughout the day whereas there are some showers likely in the evening. 

Pitch report: The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting but likely to get slower as the match goes on. 

Injuries and replacement: 

No known injuries.

Probable Playing XI: 

St Lucia Zouks:

St Lucia Zouks will be coming in the match low on confidence after suffering a six-wicket hammering in their previous match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher and captain Darren Sammy to score bulk of the runs whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and left-arm pacer Obed McCoy to

Match details:

Series/ tournament name: Caribbean Premier League 2019

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 5:30 a.m. IST

Preview: 

St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders will face off in the match 18 of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Gros Islet on Saturday. The game is a must win for the home side who just have two points from four matches. On the other hand, the visitors are pretty much right on track for a place in the playoffs with eight points in five matches. In the previous encounter between both teams earlier in the competition, it was the Knight Riders who came out on top with a seven-wicket margin. 

Weather report: It is expected to be cloudy throughout the day whereas there are some showers likely in the evening. 

Pitch report: The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting but likely to get slower as the match goes on. 

Injuries and replacement: 

No known injuries.

Probable Playing XI: 

St Lucia Zouks:

St Lucia Zouks will be coming in the match low on confidence after suffering a six-wicket hammering in their previous match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher and captain Darren Sammy to score bulk of the runs whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and left-arm pacer Obed McCoy to provide timely breakthroughs. 

Andre Fletcher (WK), Rahkeem Cornwall, Roland Cato, Kavem Hodge, Colin de Grandhomme, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy (C), Hardus Viljoen, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Fawad Ahmed

Trinbago Knight Riders:

Trinbago Knight Riders will come in the match relatively high on confidence despite suffering a narrow defeat in their previous match against the Patriots. In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of captain Kieron Pollard, right-hander Lendl Simmons and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacer Jimmy Neesham and off-spinner Sunil Narine to produce timely breakthroughs. 

Lendl Simmons, Mark Deyal, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Bravo, Jimmy Neesham, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Ali Khan

Top picks: 

Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Ramdin (9 Cr)

Dinesh Ramdin in a seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman. The 34-year-old is having a good tournament with the bat in hand as he has already scored 104 runs at an average of 52 and with a strike-rate of 120.93, which included one half-century as well. 

All-rounder: Jimmy Neesham (9.5 Cr)

Jimmy Neesham is a proven talent in white-ball cricket. The New Zealand international is having a pretty decent tournament for the franchise where he is the leading wicket-taker with eight scalps at a strike-rate of just 12.5 and has also scored 61 runs with the bat in hand. 

Batsman: Lendl Simmons (9 Cr)

Lendl Simmons is a seasoned T20 campaigner and he is showing just that in the ongoing competition. The 34-year-old is the leading run-getter for the franchise with 261 runs at an average of 52.50 and with an outstanding strike-rate of 182.51, which included three half-centuries as well.

Bowler: Fawad Ahmed (9 Cr) 

Fawad Ahmed is turning out to be a more than useful campaigner with the ball in hand in the shortest format of the game. The right-arm leggie is having more than decent tournament for the franchise as he has six wicket to his name in four matches at a strike-rate of 15 and with an economy-rate of just seven. 

Captaincy options: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Andre Fletcher, Jimmy Neesham

Dream XI team: 

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