Finally, the big day is here. Undisputed Trinbago Knight Riders will lock horns with St Lucia Zouks in the grand finale of the Caribbean Premier League on September 10 (Thursday). Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad will host the pinnacle clash. We bring you the fantasy tips from the CPL 2020 final encounter between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks.
The Kieron Pollard-led side has been spectacular throughout the tournament. They haven’t lost any matches so far and have almost decimated their opponents. Everyone has delivered to perfection and the management and the millions of fans will want them to perform one last time.
The Knight Riders routed the Jamaica Tallawahs on their way to the final. Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo led the bowling chart while Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster chased the target convincingly. They are likely to field the same playing XI as they chase their fourth CPL trophy in eight years.
On the other hand, St Lucia Zouks had a mixed bag on their way to the final. They performed well in patches and ticked the right boxes when needed. Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been a star performer for the side with both bat and ball. However, they will have to regroup their batting as they look to cross the Trinbago Knight Riders hurdle.
CPL 2020, throughout the season, has produced low-scoring games. The wickets have been extremely slow with the slower bowlers extracting the maximum out of the wicket. It is likely to happen the same in the final of CPL 2020.
The team winning the toss will like to bat first on a slow wicket but Trinbago have adopted a different approach. They wanted to have a target in mind and are likely to continue the same line. 150 runs on the board can be a difficult task batting in the second half.
Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Zouks – 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.
A couple of Trinbago Knight Riders will be on the radar for the fantasy gammers. From Sunil Narine to Lendl Simmons to Dwayne Bravo, a couple of players have stood up to the occasions throughout the tournament. Kieron Pollard has also delivered the goods for his side and will be an obvious pick in the fantasy 11 team.
Speaking about the Zouks, Mohammad Nabi, who has had an excellent time in the tournament will be a star attraction. He has scalped 12 wickets from 11 matches and has also contributed with 154 runs.
Predicted Playing XI
Trinbago Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Tion Webster, Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Bravo, Tim Seifert, Khary Pierre, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Fawad Ahmed and Ali Khan
St Lucia Zouks: Rakheem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Mark Deyal, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Darren Sammy (C), Scott Kuggeleijn, Roston Chase, Javelle Glen, Zahir Khan and Kesrick Williams
Trinbago Knight Riders will enter the CPL 2020 final as the outright favourites. No other team has managed to match up to their performance throughout the tournament. It will require a humongous effort from St Lucia Zouks to do the impossible.
However, it is a cricket game and more so a T20 match – nothing can be said till the final ball of the game.
Fantasy 11 Team
Captain – Kieron Pollard, Mark Deyal
Vice-captain – Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Nabi
Batsmen – Lendl Simmons, Mark Deyal, Andre Fletcher,
All-rounders – Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase
Bowlers – Scott Kuggeleijn, Akeal Hosein, Zahir Khan