The table-toppers will play their final league game on Sunday to try their bench strength one more time to prepare ahead of the semifinal clash with Jamaica Tallawahs on Tuesday. Trinbago have been a consistent side in the season and they proved why they are the most successful franchise in the Caribbean Premier League history. The top-order is contributing very well when other teams are lacking here. Simmons got some big runs against the Patriots on Wednesday. Munro is already in good touch and Narine is accelerating run-rate in the powerplay. In middle-over Darren Bravo and Pollard have played a crucial role to take Trinbago into the top four. Sikandar Raza also had a good number even playing 2-3 games only. In bowling, they have Fawad, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, and Jayden Seales who had produced wins for Knight Riders.
Meanwhile, the Patriots had a disappointing campaign and the Rayad Emrit-led side would aim to conclude it on a high note. Defeating table-topper in the final game would be a happy end to their campaign. In the last washed-out affair, Chris Lynn showed some glimpses of his fireworks but it is delayed now as the Patriots are out of the competition. In a previous encounter with Trinbago, the Patriots failed with the bat before going down against Simmons’ 96. Emrit can give a node to its bench strength in the last game.
Brian Lara Stadium is offering runs in the first game of the day and it’s easy to score runs while batting first. The later the match progresses, the surface gets slow and spinners come into the party. Batsmen require some patience to put runs on board.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Tim Seifert (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, Jayden Seales, Fawad Ahmed
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Joshua Da Silva, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit (c), Ish Sodhi, Imran Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Jon-Russ Jaggesar