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SLK vs TKR – Match 9 of CPL 2021 – Match Preview, Dream11 Team Predictions and Fantasy Tips

This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 9th match of the Caribbean Premier League between Saint Lucia Kings and Trinbago Knight Riders that is scheduled to be played on the 31st of August 2021.

Saint Lucia Kings led by Faf Du Plessis will take on the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders(TKR) led by Kieron Pollard for the 2nd time in 3 days at Warner Park on Tuesday. In the previous encounter between the sides on Sunday, St Lucia Kings won a thriller by 5 runs.

After having lost in their 1st match of the season, SLK stormed back in style by defeating the defending champions in a close finish. Batting first, their openers Rahkeem Cornwall(23) and Andre Fletcher(28) gave them a solid start by scoring more than 50 runs within the powerplays. Roston Chase, who was slow to begin later began to accelerate in the company of Tim David who made 43 off 32. This allowed the team to post 157/5. Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the bowlers for TKR taking 3/29 while Seales and Akeal Hosein took a wicket each

TKR’s response to the chase was particularly slow and despite losing only 1 wicket, their powerplay score was just 35. Nobody could get going as even free-flowing batsmen like Colin Munro(40 from 47) and Kieron Pollard(9 from 11) found it tough. It was only Tim Seifert arrived, the Knight Riders began to get any sort of momentum. But his exceptional unbeaten knock of 16-ball 40 couldn’t get the job done for the team as they were left stranded on 152/3. SLK bowlers had a much better outing than they had against the Tallawahs the other day.

Match Details 

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts

Pitch and Weather:  Likely to be a typical Caribbean pitch that will offer something to the bowlers and batsmen can score big once settled. There were several games that were in the range of 140-160 and we can see the same in this game as well. Sunny weather is expected on the match-day and the temperature will be around 28C.

Date & Time: August 31, 10 AM Local time, 7.30 PM IST

Probable Playing XIs 

St Lucia’s problem in the 1st game was their bowling having conceded 255 but they came back in style by defending 157 against the TKR in their 2nd. So they will stick to the same combination but would want its skipper Faf Du Plessis to come into his usual batting form post return from a concussion.

TKR has now lost 2 of their 1st three and will be concerned about the hitting form of a few of its batters like Pollard, Munro, Lendl Simmons who were really slow in the team’s chase against SLK. This was one of the reasons why they lost by 5 runs in their pursuit of 158. However, the performance of Rampaul and Seifert will give them satisfaction.

Saint Lucia Kings

Faf du Plessis (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Mark Deyal, Tim David, Rahkeem Cornwall, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Usman Qadir, Obed McCoy/Alzarri Joseph

Trinbago Knight Riders 

Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin Munro, Tion Webster, Kieron Pollard(c), Denesh Ramdin, Akeal Hosein, Isuru Udana, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales

Match Prediction

Having won the previous clash with the Trinbago Knight Riders, St Lucia Kings will start as favorites to win this match and make it 2 on 2 against the former in this CPL.

Fantasy Tips 

Batsmen: Tim David continues to impress in the CPL as he followed a half-century with a quickfire 43 in the last game against the Knight Riders. So he should be the 1st choice pick in the fantasy. Faf Du Plessis despite his string of low scores is still a quality batsman T20 batsman and can be picked in the fantasy. Colin Munro is among the best T20 batsman going around currently and has consistently scored runs.

Wicket-Keepers: Tim Seifert scored a stunning unbeaten 40 in the last game which almost won it for TKR and should be picked as one of the 2 wicket-keepers along with St Lucia Kings’ Andre Fletcher.

All-rounders: Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are obvious picks from the TKR team as the all-rounders of the side. Both didn’t have the best of games 2 days back but are still dangerous T20 players. Along with them, Roston Chase can be picked as the other all-rounder.

Bowlers: Ravi Rampaul made a brilliant comeback in the last game picking 3/29 for the Knight Riders and can be one of the choices as far as bowlers are concerned. The other picks are SLk’s Wahab Riaz who is a proven performer in the format and young spinner Akeal Hosein.

Captaincy Choices 

Fantasy Team: Colin Munro, Tim David(VC), Faf du Plessis, Tim Seifert, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard(C), Roston Chase, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Wahab Riaz

Captain: Tim David

The young batsman Tim David is one of the best hitters going around in the world and can be made the captain of the team. He has made scores of 56 and 43 in the last two games and is in brilliant batting form.

Vice-captain: Tim Seifert

The wicket-keeper batsman showed glimpses of his true potential with a 16-ball 40 knock in the last match on what was a difficult surface to bat. So by his current form, Seifert is the ideal pick for being the vice-captain.

Dream11 Team

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