Trinbago Knight Riders or Barbados Tridents? The team to play the all-conquering Guyana Amazon Warriors for the Caribbean Premier League 2019 champions crown will be determined in Trinidad tomorrow morning (India time).
The Qualifier 2, effectively the semi-final of CPL 2019, starts at 4:30 am India time on Friday morning. The winner head to the Sunday’s final and the losers take next flight home.
Barbados Tridents start favourite on various counts. Among the most balanced sides in the tournament, the Tridents have thrashed the Knight Riders in both their round robin outings – winning the first game by 63 runs when the Knight Riders were bundled out for 129 in 17.4 overs in chase of Tridents’ 192 for five. On the reverse game in Port of Spain, Tridents had cruised to 135 for three in chase of TKR’s 134 for eight.
However, the momentum might just be with the Knights who have won the first eliminator against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Barbados Tridents on the other hand had lost the first qualifier to unconquered Warriors. But they have given glimpses of the team’s might in spite of falling short by good 30 runs in chase of the 219 run target.
Bowling has been Tridents main strength with HR Walsh (19 wkts) and J Holder (13) being among the tournament’s leading wicket takers. In the batters, Johnson Charles (341) and JP Duminy (281) have been consistent performers, whereas J Carter, AD Hales and Ashley Nurse have made valuable contributions.
Bowling for the TKR has been a weak link. Except for JD Neesham none other TKR bowler has aggregated into double figures in spite of 11 outings. Sunil Narine though has landed some balance to the attack after his alter arrival. The Knights will be relying heavily on their batting on the might of the willow of the likes of skipper Lendl Simmons (429 aggregate), Kieron Pollar (326) and C Munro (215).