Both TKR and St Lucia Zouks have got 6 points so far, but St Lucia has played an extra game and their net run rate is slightly lower as compared to TKR, which is why they are positioned at the second spot in the table.
However, it can change tonight with a St Lucia victory as in that scenario they will be able to displace TKR from the top of the table with 8 points.
Here are our fantasy cricket tips for this top of the table clash –
The average score batting first at the Queen’s Park Oval in T20 cricket has been somewhere around 160 which means it has traditionally been a good batting wicket over the years. It definitely spins a little bit, but most of the pitches at this venue offer even bounce which allows the batsmen to play horizontal bat shots with some sort of efficiency.
Predicted playing XI of both teams
St Lucia Zouks
Rakheem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Mark Deyal, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Darren Sammy (C), Scott Kuggeleijn, Roston Chase, Chemar Holder, Zahir Khan and Kesrick Williams
Trinbago Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Bravo, Tim Seifert, Khary Pierre, Dwayne Bravo, Ali Khan, Jayden Seales and Fawad Ahmed
Andre Fletcher is someone who likes to play through the line of the ball and the pitch at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium didn’t quite suit his style of play. But, he might find the surface to his liking at the Queen’s Park Oval as it is supposed to offer a bit more bounce.
Mark Deyal has been one of the most impressive young players in the ongoing CPL so far and although he has not come up with a match winning performance so far, the way he has hit the ball at the top of the order, TKR will have to be really wary of him.
Roston Chase has been the surprise package for St Lucia. He is considered more of a Test specialist and is nowhere in the plans of West Indies selectors for white ball cricket, but he has shown in the last few games that he might be a utility player in the shorter formats as well.
Kieron Pollard’s bat hasn’t done too much of talking yet, but he is such a seasoned campaigner that he can’t be written off at any stage. The fact that he has not been able to do much with the bat yet might also mean that he is saving his best for the crucial games.
Sunil Narine is probably in line to become the player of the tournament already as there has hardly been any game where he has not made an impact with either bat or ball for TKR.
Fawad Ahmed was at the top of his game against the Tridents the other day. He got both his trajectory and his length spot on for most parts of his spell and now that he has found his rhythm, TKR will expect him to continue chipping in.
Captaincy pick: Sunil Narine
Vice-captaincy pick: Roston Chase
Fantasy XI: Andre Fletcher, Mark Deyal, Darren Bravo, Colin Munro, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase (VC), Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine (C), Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Fawad Ahmed