ABOUT THE MATCH
After suffering back-to-back defeats, Barbados Tridents will look to get themselves back on the winning track when they face-off against Trinbago Knight Riders. This 23rd match of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2019 will be played on September 26 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Barbados Tridents lost their previous encounter to Jamaica Tallawahs on Monday at this very ground. Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the Tridents restricted the Tallawahs to an under-par score of 127. Their chase, however, did not get off to a good start and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually fall short of their target by five runs.
Trinbago Knight Riders, on the other hand, had to share points with St Lucia Zouks in their last match which ended in a washout. In the game before, they were involved in a tied encounter against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Basseterre. The Knight Riders, however, ended up losing the one-over eliminator.
The toss-winning team opted to bowl first in both the matches that have been played at this ground this season. Since the pitch is unlikely to change after the first period of play, the team that wins the toss here will probably continue the trend of bowling first.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
A full game of forty overs seems likely on the cards with no rain threat on Thursday evening. Clear skies with the temperature around 27-28 degrees Celsius have been forecast for the match. Humidity is expected to be between 76% and 81%.
The Kensington Oval has produced low to moderate totals in the two matches that it has hosted so far this CPL. Jamaica Tallawahs managed to defend 127 here last time out which shows that the pitch has plenty in it for the bowlers. Once again, batsmen may have to grind it out to score their runs.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Barbados Tridents
Johnson Charles (wk), Alex Hales, Justin Greaves, Jean-Paul Duminy, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (c), Roshon Primus, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Harry Gurney
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Trinbago Knight Riders
Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Bravo, James Neesham, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Seekkuge Prasanna, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Ali Khan
- Barbados Tridents brought in England’s left-arm pace bowler Harry Gurney in the previous match against Jamaica Tallawahs as a replacement for the Australian all-rounder Dan Christian who is no longer available for the remainder of the tournament.
- Nepal’s leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will also bid goodbye to the Tridents after the game against Trinbago Knight Riders and he is set to be replaced by Shakib Al Hasan.
- The Bangladeshi all-rounder will be joining the team ahead of the game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on September 28.
- Barbados Tridents are unlikely to make changes in their line-up for this Thursday’s encounter.
- Barbados Tridents have won two and lost four out of the six matches they have played so far in this year’s Caribbean Premier League and are currently positioned fourth in the league standings with four points in the bag.
- After losing two of their first three fixtures, the Tridents then registered a crushing 71-run win over St Lucia Zouks at Gros Islet.
- They, however, will be going into the Thursday’s clash on the back of two consecutive losses – against Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs.
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Trinbago Knight Riders made only one change to their side in the rained-out encounter against St Lucia Zouks last Saturday at Gros Islet they dropped bowling all-rounder Mark Deyal for Akeal Hosein as a like-for-like replacement.
- The team will now have a new opening combination on Thursday with Lendl Simmons likely to pair up with Colin Munro at the top. Darren Bravo could be pushed up at number three with skipper Kieron Pollard keeping his number four slot.
- Akeal Hosein, the left-arm spinner, could once again open the bowling for the team. We expect the Knight Riders to go into this match unchanged.
- With four wins and just one loss from six matches and with nine points in their kitty, Trinbago Knight Riders find themselves in a very comfortable position at the second spot on the Caribbean Premier League points table.
- They got their campaign off to a brilliant start with wins in their first four fixtures on the bounce.
- Their solitary defeat came against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last week at Basseterre.
- The game had initially ended in a tie before the Knight Riders went down in the super over.
- Their previous encounter against St Lucia Zouks had to be called off due to persistent rain.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Tridents will be playing on their home ground, we are backing the Knight Riders here to better their already impressive record against them.
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