About the Match
The Knight Riders are leading the points table with 16 points and are flying high with 6 consecutive wins so far; they will be up against Barbados Tridents, who are in the 5th place with only 4 points, on 2nd September at Barbados in the penultimate league match of the season before the knock-outs start. Both teams put up a fierce contest when they met previously, and the Knight Riders had emerged victorious by 2 wickets successfully chasing down 153 runs. It needs to be seen if the Tridents, who are facing ouster from the series, can earn redemption here with a win on Saturday.
Spinners Akeal Hosein and Imran Khan put up a stupendous show against Warriors in the recent game, taking 3 wickets between them to restrict the opponents to 158. Speedsters Ravi Rampaul and Wayne Parnell also provided quick dismissals, taking 3 wickets between them; they are a strong unit that brings a well-balanced pace and spin attack. However, the batsmen fell like a pack of cards, putting up a humiliating show as they succumbed to 59-all out and lost the match by 99 runs.
Experienced players like Kane Williamson, Eoin Morgan, Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard failed to build the foundation and the lower-order batsmen succumbed to pressure without much of a fight. Batting first against Warriors in the previous game, Smith had scored a superb century while Williamson posted 47 runs. Pollard made up for his poor show with the bat by taking 4 wickets in the second innings, but they couldn’t stop the opponents from chasing down 160.
This is a do or die situation for them and must pull up their socks if they want to have a fighting chance to make it through. Pollard, Williamson, Smith and others like Morgan and Nicholas Pooran could put up a better show here and help their team win this match on home turf.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Chasing 153 against Tridents in the earlier encounter, all-rounder Sunil Narine smashed a brilliant 79 off 45 to steer the team across the finish line with 5 balls to spare. He got good support from Darren Bravo and Dwayne Bravo, who scored 25 and 18 runs respectively. Medium-pacer Ronsford Beaton and speedster Dwayne Bravo claimed 2 wickets each while spinners Shadab Khan and Khary Pierre provided useful breakthroughs.
The batting line-up has experts like Brendon McCullum, who posted a gigantic 91 off 62 against Tallawahs in the last game to help them post 208 runs. Colin Munro and Darren Bravo are also in good form and they scored 42 off 24 and a quickfire 28 off 13 deliveries respectively. Pacer Javon Searles then took 3-27 to stupefy the opponents and along with help from Ronsford Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Robbie Frylinck and spinner Nikita Miller, they demolished the Tallawahs to win the contest by 36 runs.
Players like McCullum, Sunil Narine, Munro and Dwayne Bravo bring their experience and hard-hitting skills to the table; the all-rounders give an upper hand to the side and they could pose a tough challenge to the hosts.
The Tridents do have the home advantage here but we feel that Knight Riders, who haven’t faced defeat for 6 matches in a row, are clear favourites to emerge victorious in their last league match.