CPL 2021 Semi Final-1 Match Preview: The first semi-final of the CPL 2021 will have Trinbago Knight Riders take on Saint Lucia Kings at Warner Park on Tuesday. Trinbago Knight Riders blew hot and cold during the first half of their campaign. In their first five games, they managed to win only 2 games.
However, Pollard and Co. roared back with four wins in their last five games, which helped them reach the top of the table. At the end of the league stage, they sit at the top with 6 wins in 10 matches. They are coming into the game on the back of a 4-wicket win against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Joshua Da Silva’s half-century at the top of the order ensured St. Kitts of a good start in the first innings. He scored 50 off 45 balls, though Chris Gayle got out early after making 5 off 4 balls. J Carter (16 off 16) and Sherfane Rutherford (25 off 28) struggled to free their arms against some tight bowling from the Knight Riders. However, Dwayne Bravo’s 13-ball 25-run cameo, in the end, lifted St. Kitts to 147 in the allotted 20 overs.
Knight Riders were good with the ball. Udana picked 2 for 28 in four, while Ali Khan managed to claim three wickets for 19 in 4 overs. The leading wicket-taker, Ravi Rampaul managed 1 wicket for 31 runs in his four overs.
Lendl Simmons (20 off 17) and Denesh Ramdin (17 off 23) got the team to a decent start. Simmons was the only wicket St. Kitts managed to claim in the first six overs. Colin Munro (9 off 15) and Darren Bravo (1) could contribute little to the run chase. However, in an important game, skipper Kieron Pollard stood with the bat and played a match-winning 51-run knock off just 22 deliveries. His knock took the game away from St. Kitts. Udana also played a fine 16-ball 25-run knock, in the end, to guide the team to a 4-wicket win.
On the other hand, St. Lucia Kings are sitting at the fourth position on the points table. They could have reached third place had they not lost their last game to Barbados Royals. Saint Lucia Kings notched a mammoth 190-run total in the first innings, thanks to a half-century from Roston Chase. The West Indies all-rounder continued his fine form with the bat as he scored his fourth half-century of the tournament. Earlier, R Cornwall gave the team a blistering start with the bat, scoring 40 off 26 balls.
However, despite posting a huge total, Barbados chased that down in just 18.5 overs. St. Lucia Kings had no answer to the destruction caused by Kyle Mayers (81 off 62) and Glenn Phillips (80 off 39). Both hit as many as 15 sixes combined and remained unbeaten till the end. For the Kings, none of the bowlers made things hard for the opposition before Jeavor Royals, who gave away only 3 runs in 2 overs.
CPL 2021 Semi Final-1 Trinbago Knight Riders vs St. Lucia Kings Probable Playing XI
Here’s a look at the probable playing XI for both teams ahead of the first semi-final:
Trinbago Knight Riders Probable Playing XI:
Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Tim Seifert, Isuru Udana, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Ravi Rampaul.
St. Lucia Kings Probable Playing XI:
Andre Fletcher (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Faf du Plessis (c), Roston Chase, Tim David, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Keemo Paul, Wahab Riaz, Alzarri Joseph, Jeavor Royal.
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