SKN vs TKR: The biggest T20 carnival of West Indies is here. It is the start of the seventh season of Caribbean Premier League which will see a pivotal clash between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the three-time plus defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.
Trinbago Knight Riders were triumphant in the last season for the second time on the trot. They defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 wickets in the finals courtesy Colin Munro’s blazing knock of unbeaten 68 from just 39 deliveries.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders Team News
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Team News
Carlos Brathwaite has been named as the skipper after Chris Gayle vacated this position and moved to his home side Jamaica Tallawahs.
Mohammad Hafeez has once again joined the unit after representing them in the 2017 edition.
A lot will depend on how Evin Lewis plays in this competition. The fate of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots depends a lot on him.
Laurie Evans and Ravi Bopara’s availability depends on Sussex Sharks and Essex Eagles stint in the ongoing Vitality Blast as they have made it to the quarter-finals.
Isuru Udana who is serving the national side has been replaced by Alzarri Joseph.
One of S Brooks or Jason Mohammad will partner Evin Lewis at the top.
Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, and R Emrit will handle the bowling department.
Trinbago Knight Riders Team News
In a big blow to their preparations, skipper Dwayne Bravo has suffered a finger injury and won’t be available for the majority of the tournament.
Kieron Pollard has been named as the skipper for the side.
Kiwi opener Colin Munro won’t be available for the first three matches. Lendl Simmons is named as his replacement.
With Simmons in, it is likely that Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons will open the innings for TKR.
Darren Bravo who got hit in the Test match against India is a doubtful starter in this game.
International stars like Jimmy Neesham and Ali Khan have already arrived and have been seen sweating it out at the nets. They will be pumped up to play in the opener.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders Playing11
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Playing 11-
Devon Thomas, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Afif Hossain, S Brooks, Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, R Emrit.
Trinbago Knight Riders Playing 11-
Dinesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, M Deyal/J Searles, Sunil Narine, James Neesham, Sekkuge Prasanna, K Pierre, Mohd Hasnain, A Phillip, A Khan.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders Squads
Kieron Pollard (C), Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin, Amir Jangoo, Darren Bravo, Muhammad Hasnain, Khary Pierre, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan, Jimmy Neesham, Seekkuge Prasanna, Anderson Phillip, Mark Deyal, Tion Webster, Javon Searles
Carlos Brathwaite (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Keron Cottoy, Devon Thomas, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Otley, Shamarh Brooks, Alzarri Joseph, Laurie Evans, Jeremiah Louis, Dominic Drakes, Afif Hossain, Akeem Jordan, Usama Mir, Aaron Jones.