This undisputedly is a David vs Goliath battle of the Caribbean Premier League 2019. On Saturday morning India time, Shah Rukh Khan-co-owned Tribago Knight Riders will run into the Jamaica Tallawahs. The former are the table toppers with three wins from as many matches. Hosts Jamaica are at the rock bottom of the league table with no win from three outings.
Going into the game that may simply be defined as a quest for survival for the Tallawahs, they may be without one of their two key players. Andre Russell after taking a hit on his head during the defeat against St Lucia Zouks this (Friday) morning was hospitalised and remains a doubtful starter. That leaves the Sabina Park-based team heavily relying on veteran Chris Gayle.
The Universal Boss, in spite of a 62-ball 116 against St Kitts and Nevis Patriot on Wednesday, had failed to lift the gloom in the Jamaica camp, who had failed to defend a 242-run target in their second game of the season.
Defending champions Knight Riders, on an all-conquering spree, have the best balanced team of the league with the likes of Bravo half-brothers – Dwayne and Darren – Colin Munro, James Neesham, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine and Lend Simmons in their ranks.
The writing is on the wall. And if Jamaica succeed in pulling off their maiden victory, that will be the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
The excitement will unfold for Indian fans from 6.30 am. Catch all the action LIVE on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD from 3:30 am India time. The action will also be simulcast on Hotstar VIP.