About the Match
After a poor start to their CPL 2016 campaign, Trinbago Knight Riders will lock horns against old rivals Barbados Tridents on Friday. Trinbago will be looking to find a winning touch after losing to St Lucia Zouks in the opening match of the tournament while the Tridents would want an unbeaten start to their 2016 campaign.
Trinbago Knight Riders
The Knight Riders were outclassed, only by a small margin, against St Lucia Zouks in the opening fixture of Caribbean Premier League season 4. Trinbago, with their superstar batting lineup, could accumulate only 162/6 by the end of the 20th over.
Darren Bravo was the architect of the innings as the West Indian batsman scored 63 off 44 balls while hitting 4 massive sixes during his stay at the crease. Bravo was helped in the middle by Umar Akmal, who scored 30 off 28 deliveries, dealing, majorly, in singles and doubles to prevent wicket fall at the other end.
Despite a decent total on the board, the Knight Riders could not limit the Zouks from chasing 162 with 6 wickets remaining. Sunil Narine was the only bowler to contain the Zouks' batsmen, as he bagged the wickets of Andre Fletcher and top scorer Johnson Charles. On the contrary, DJ Bravo took a massive beating as he was hit for 43 runs in his 4-over spell.
With a shaky bowling unit, Trinbago cannot carry any real threat as a team as we progress further in the tournament. To win the match against Barbados, the Knight Riders will have to come up with answers for their weakness.
The Tridents have a well-structured squad that can withstand a storm. Their playing XI is almost certain with international faces such as Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, David Wiese, Parnell, and de Villiers in the squad.
For this particular fixture, Tridents would look to play their best bowling unit as Port of Spain offers goo turn to fast bowlers in the opening power-play of 6 overs. To Trinbago's misery, the Tridents boast some of the most prized, inform pacers such as Ravi Rampaul, Wayne Parnell, and Jason Holder.
Rampaul, 31, has grabbed 7 wickets in last 5 T20s while playing for English county club, Surrey. 26-year0old Wayne Parnell had a decent spell for South Africa in the recently concluded tri-series in West Indies and will have a better understanding of the pitch than his counterparts.
Despite the Knight Riders harboring a formidable batting unit, the Tridents' bowlers will have an edge due to better recent record and inform performances; not to mention that Barbados has some of the most athletic players, which, in turn, gives the side supremacy over their rivals.
Considering the pitch conditions and the overall balance in the squads, the Barbados Tridents seem to have an edge over their title and match rivals, Trinbago Knight Riders. Nonetheless, if we add in other factors like player form and their head-to-head comparisons, the Tridents win the race, at least, theoretically.
We favor a bet for Barbados Tridents to come out victorious in this battle of the giants today