The second half of the double header in the CPL 2022 season on Sunday will be the final match of the campaign in Trinidad as the Trinbago Knight Riders take on the St Lucia Kings in what is a huge game for both sides.
The two teams go into the match in third and fourth place in the table and will have two matches left after this. The winners will be looking good for a spot in the final stages but the loser will have the pressure come on to make it through.
Trinbago Knight Riders
When they began the home leg of their season, the Trinbago Knight Riders had to win three of the four matches to get things back into a position where they were in control of their own destiny. They have won two of the first three so they are on track but really need to win this else they might be left having to win both of their matches in Guyana. They have won their last two though and while neither have been convincing, you can’t argue with wins.
This power packed Trinbago batting unit still haven’t fired and you wouldn’t think any of the pitches that we are going to see over the remainder of the season will suit their style so any wins which the Knight Riders do pick up are likely to come via their bowlers, particularly their spinners who did the job so well on Saturday evening. Trinbago are in that position where they have to back up a performance less than 24 hours later which isn’t easy.
St Lucia Kings
The St Lucia Kings sparked life back into their season on Saturday afternoon when they came out on top in a big match with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and if they can pick up a second successive win this weekend here then they would be nicely placed to push on and qualify for the finals as they bid to go one better than they did last term. They will need to be at their best to come out on top in this one you would think.
The Kings won on Saturday courtesy of their opening pair. They are the two players who have played well with the bat throughout the season and will need to go well here if the Kings are going to get into a position to win the match. They will then need their spinners and change of pace bowlers to have a night out because we’ve seen the pitches here get worse with every match which has been played on them.
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Sunil Narine didn’t really do anything special in the previous match but he still played a handy role in the win. Spin is becoming increasingly important in this competition so the wily veteran will be a key man for the Trinbago Knight Riders.
Roston Chase hasn’t really delivered in this tournament to date but he was the most important player in it for the St Lucia Kings last season. They could do with their talisman to come to the party with the bat and ball.
The trend in this tournament has been for the pitches to quicken up and become a little easier to play on at night but that hasn’t been the case on this ground and I don’t see it changing here too much. The pitch being used for these games looked very tough to bat on in the first game of the day with overnight rain hampering the preparation of them and spin was all over the batters. That is a trend I expect to continue here.
The big issue from a neutral wanting runs point of view is there doesn’t look to be a natural player of spin in these two sides, especially in the Trinbago Knight Riders team who all want the ball to come onto the bat. There are plenty of decent spinners involved in the match and both teams have more on their bench who can come in. In an ideal world you would want the Trinidad leg of this campaign to end with a high scoring cracker but I don’t see that being the case.
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