After an intriguing league stage, the semifinals of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League is all set to burn the floors. Undisputed Trinbago Knight Riders will take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semifinal of the tournament. Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad will host the high-profile encounter.
Meanwhile, the Knight Riders have completely swept the group stages with ten wins from ten games. Led by the experienced Kieron Pollard, the Knight Riders have never looked in trouble and walk into this game as the clear favourites.
Although Jamaica had to stumble on their way to the semifinal, but they have players in their ranks who can cause upset. With spin twins Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane in their ranks, the Jamaica Tallawahs have done well with the ball although their batting has often deserted them.
But the presence of Andre Russell, Glenn Phillips, and Chadwick Walton can turn the tide in favour of the Tallawahs. Despite the difference in form, the first semifinal of CPL 2020 promises to be a cracking encounter.
The spinners are likely to continue their dominance in the middle-overs. The pacers will have to take the pace off the ball to extract maximum out of the wicket. On the other hand, the batsmen will have to spend most of their time in the middle to make the most of the turf.
Meanwhile, the wicket is likely to remain the same for the whole game but the team winning the toss will hope to bat first after winning the toss. Something around 150 looks like a good score on the wicket.
Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs – Fantasy Tips
It is important to pick players who are in good form and can play a decisive part in the match. This will help you earn more points throughout the game. Meanwhile, both teams have some quality players in their ranks who can light up the stage.
Trinbago Knight Riders have performed as a team with skipper Kieron Pollard leading the pack from the front. But eyes will be on Sunil Narine and Dwyane Bravo, who are big match players and knows how to bring out the best when needed.
For Jamaica Tallawahs, Andre Russell holds the key. If he gets going, it will be extremely difficult to stop him. And along with it, he will take the game away. Also, very few will want to shy away from Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. The Afghanistan cricketer has been extremely good and will hope to deliver on the big stage.
Predicted Playing XI
Trinbago Knight Riders: Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro/Tion Webster, Tim Seifert, Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed and Jayden Seale
Jamaica Tallawahs: Jermaine Blackwood, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas Kirton, Rovman Powell (C), Andre Russell, Asif Ali, Carlos Brathwaite, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Veerasammy Permaul and Fidel Edwards
Going sheer by the performance so far in CPL 2020, Trinbago Knight Riders will enter the game as the outright favourites to win and progress through to the finals. But Jamaica Tallawahs can also cause an upset and the table-toppers will not do the mistake of taking them lightly.
Fantasy 11 Team
Captain Options – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard
Vice-Captain Options – Dwayne Bravo, Glenn Phillips, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Wicket-Keeper – Tim Seifert
Batters – Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine (C), Dwayne Bravo (VC), Carlos Brathwaite
Bowlers – Fawad Ahmed, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane