This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 30th match of the Caribbean Premier League between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots that is scheduled to be played on the 12th of September 2021.
The top-2 sides at the current standings as of the completion of the 24th game, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, and the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders will face each other in the last league of this CPL. Both sides have won 5 games out of their 8 and the winner of this contest most likely seals the top spot. This will be the 2nd meeting between the sides in 2 days.
In their last completed game, the Trinbago Knight Riders thrashed Barbados Royals by 6 wickets with more than 3 overs remaining in their chase of 94. Khary Pierre was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/16 while the trio of Akeal Hosein, Narine, Jayden Seales taking 2 apiece as they restricted them to just 93. Losing wickets early in the chase, the experienced hand of Colin Munro(41 off 47) along with few other cameos in the middle-order won them the game.
Patriots, on the other hand, succumbed to their 3rd straight defeat in this competition after winning the 1st five games. They conceded 169 vs the Tallawahs bowling first with the middle-overs proving to be costly. Drakes, Fawad Ahmed, Jon-Russ Jaggesar picking 2 wickets each. Loss of regular wickets in the middle-overs meant they fell 22 short of the target. Devon Thomas, Joshua Silva did contribute but it wasn’t enough.
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Pitch and Weather: Likely to be a typical Caribbean pitch that will offer more to the bowlers so far and the batters have been able to score after getting an eye in. 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: September 12, 7 PM Local time, 4.30 AM IST(September 13)
Probable Playing XIs
As the sides would have played a game with one another prior to this clash, they might keep the same XI for what is expected to be a must-win contest for both teams.
Nevis Patriots despite being the top team this CPL lost 3 consecutive games and would want to address few issues of their own. One is the consistency in top-order where senior players like Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle need to fire. Bravo may return to the side as well which will boost them. Their bowling however seems to be good. Dwayne Bravo is likely to come back.
Trinbago Knight Riders will want to continue their winning run in the fag end of the league stages and will be certainly happy with the form of their batters Simmons, Colin Munro who have scored for them regularly. They will happy with the bowling performance Pierre, Akeal Hosein, and the veterans Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine
Trinbago Knight Riders
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard(c), Tion webster, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ravi Rampaul, Khary Pierre
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Devon Thomas(WK), Andre McCarthy, Chris Gayle(C), Ravi Bopara/ Dwayne Bravo, Joshua Da Silva, Fabian Allen, Paul Van Meekeren, Fawad Ahmed, Jon-Russ Jagessar
Both teams will want to finish the league stages on high but the TKR with a series of wins behind them will start as favorites over the Patriots who have slumped to 3 straight losses.
Batsmen: Colin Munro despite not being at his free-flowing best has scored runs in almost every game. Lendl Simmons, like Munro, should be an easy pick as far as the fantasy XI is concerned. The opener is always amongst runs and scored over 150 runs in this tournament. So he can be picked along with the Nevis Patriots’ main scorers this season Evin Lewis and Sherfane Rutherford.
Wicket-Keepers: Tim Seifert scored 155 runs in the competition, so he will be the best wicket-keeping option in this match. Devon Thomas can be the 2nd wicket-keeper batsman of the side.
All-rounders: Sunil Narine has picked 11 wickets in this CPL and contributed with the bat as well so he will be an all-rounder along with Dwayne Bravo.
Bowlers: Akeal Hosein who has taken 11 wickets thus far is an automatic selection here. Veteran pacer Ravi Rampaul picked 17 wickets in 8 games and he is also the highest wicket-taker in this season. Dominic Drakes who has performed both with bat and ball can be the last pick in the fantasy XI.
Fantasy Team: Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro(C), Sherfane Rutherford, Devon Smith, Evin Lewis, Tim Seifert, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul(VC), Dominic Drakes
Captain – Colin Munro
The veteran batsman has been scoring runs match after match and can be an ideal option to be the captain as he faces more deliveries than the rest.
Vice-Captain– Ravi Rampaul
The veteran pacer is taking more than 2 wickets on an average per game and is can be picked as the vice-captain of the side.