Trinbago Knight Riders who topped the table in the league stage will be up against Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final of the CPL 2020, to be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad. Both teams have had contrasting seasons as the Knight Riders haven’t lost a single game whereas the Tallawahs won only three games.
But all that doesn’t matter know as the winner of this game will go straight into the final and the loser will have to go home. Both the teams have great power-hitters and so it will be a great contest when these two teams come up against each other on Tuesday.
Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 1st Semi-Final
08th September, 7:30 PM IST.
Pitch and Weather Report
Some of the matches at this venue have been interrupted by rain and that can be the case with this game as well. There are chances of scattered thunderstorms which means we might have a rain-interrupted game.
The trend of the pitch which is better for the day game has continued throughout the second leg at this venue and it will continue for the semis as well. Any score above 170 will be a tough one to chase at this venue.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Kieron Pollard (C), Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Tim Siefert (WK), Sikandar Raza, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Pravin Tambe, Jayden Seales, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan
Rovman Powell (C), Chadwick Walton, Glenn Phillips (WK), Asif Ali, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards, Sandeep Lamichanne, Oshane Thomas, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nicholas Kirton, Ramaal Lewis, Veerasammy Permaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Preston McSween, Ryan Persaud
Trinbago Knight Riders
When you win ten games in a row as a team you feel confident but somewhere in the back of the mind, you know that you are going to lose one match at some point in time. The Knight Riders will be hoping that it is not in the semis.
Most of the things which the Knight Riders have tried have worked so far and that’s why they are the table-toppers. Most of their batsmen are in great form with the skipper leading from the front. Even the bowlers are doing what is asked of them. Players like Fawad Ahmed and Pravin Tambe are delivering at this stage of their careers.
Knight Riders know that they have a better side on paper but they can’t afford to have a bad day at this stage of the tournament. Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo who have the experience of knockouts would be key in this game.
Jamaica Tallawahs are coming off a loss from their last game which isn’t a good sign. Having said that, the Tallawahs are capable of pulling off an incredible performance from absolutely nowhere. Glenn Phillips and Jermaine Blackwood have done well so far in the tournament. Andre Russell has been on and off with his performance but the Tallawahs would be banking on him in the semi-final.
Carlos Braithwaite and Rovman Powell need to step up at this crucial stage whereas the youngsters Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sandeep Lamichanne are doing a great job.
Andre Russell and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be the key players for Jamaica Tallawahs.
Lendl Simmons, Jermaine Blackwood, Darren Bravo, Tim Siefert, Glenn Philips, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichanne Fawad Ahmed
Captain: Kieron Pollard, Vice-Captain: Mujeeb Ur Rahman