The second finalist of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League will be decided when the losers of Qualifier 1, Barbados Tridents, lock horns with the defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 of CPL 2019.
The Knight Riders had kicked off their season in a dominant manner. However, Kieron Pollard's men lost the plot soon to end up at the 4th position on the points table. They defeated the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Eliminator to stay alive in the competition while on the other side, Guyana Amazon Warriors maintained their unbeaten streak in the competition by defeating the Tridents in the first qualifier.
Since the Barbados-based franchise had finished in the top 2, they will receive one more opportunity to reach the finale. Given that Barbados had defeated Kieron Pollard's men in both the league encounters played between the two sides, they will start as favourites to win this match.
Now, let us have a look at the pitch report, weather conditions, predicted playing XIs and key players for this fixture.
Barbados Tridents vs Trinbago Knight Riders, Qualifier 2: Venue, Date and Start Time
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
Date: 10th October 2019
Start Time: 5:00 PM Local Time, 4:30 AM IST on 11th October 2019
Rain may interrupt the proceedings in the first innings but, the skies are expected to stay clear in the latter half of the match.
This is the first match that will be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in CPL 2019. However, during the playoff matches of the 2018 edition, the highest score at this venue was 165. This means that anything above 150 will be a good score on this wicket, which is known for favouring the spin bowlers.
Though the Tridents had failed to defeat Guyana in their previous match, the team management may not make any alterations to the match squad.
Key Players - Alex Hales, Jonathan Carter and Shai Hope
The batting unit of the Barbados Tridents needs to bring its A-game to the table when they meet the Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 match. English opener Alex Hales would look to attack the opposition bowlers from the word 'go' but he will need the support of Carter and Hope later in the innings.
Key Players - Hayden Walsh, Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan
Hayden Walsh has impressed a lot while playing for Jason Holder's side in this season. The upcoming star would expect that the seasoned pros Holder and Shakib trouble the batsmen by making the fullest use of their experience in the T20 format.
Expected Playing XI
Johnson Charles, Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan, JP Duminy, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (c), Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Hayden Walsh, Harry Gurney.
Trinbago Knight Riders
As the Knight Riders recorded a clinical win in the Eliminator, they may not make any changes to their playing XI.
Key Players - Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard
Lendl Simmons has proven to be the cornerstone of the Trinbago Knight Riders batting line-up this year. The right-handed opener will look to continue his fine form in the upcoming clash while Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin will have the responsibility of scoring quick runs in the slog overs.
Key Players - Chris Jordan, Ali Khan and Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine won the Man of the Match award for his fantastic spell in the Eliminator thus, the mystery spinner will be the player to watch out for at the Brian Lara Stadium. Also, Ali Khan and Chris Jordan will try to capitalize on the momentum they had generated in the last game.
Expected Playing XI
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Chris Jordan, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan.
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