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CPL 2019: Match 18, St Lucia Zouks vs Trinbago Knight Riders – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Better to wait for the toss before finalising the fantasy XI as teams make sudden changes.

Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro of Trinbago Knight Riders
Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro of Trinbago Knight Riders. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 18th match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 will be played between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.

The match starts at 8:00 PM local time (Sep 21); 12:00 AM GMT (Sep 22); 5:30 AM IST (Sep 22)

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This series will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.

Preview:

We are well and truly in the second half of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League and the two teams that are going to square-off against each other, couldn’t have come with more contrasting fortunes. Trinbago Knight Riders can do nothing wrong in this edition. They have won four out of their five fixtures with the last one ending in a nerve-jangling tie. Their opponents, on the other hand, are having a forgettable tournament thus far.

Apart from the solitary five-wicket win against Jamaica Tallawahs, they have proceeded to lose each of their four games and will have a herculean task at hand of addressing the slide against a side they have previously lost to in the tournament.

Last time these two sides met, half-centuries from Lendl Simmons [63 off 39 balls], Dinesh Ramdin [50 off 38 balls] powered by an unbeaten 26 by skipper Kieron Pollard guided the Knight Riders to a comfortable seven-wicket win.

Weather Condition/Report:

Rain is expected to play a major spoilsport in the game between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders. As per the weather forecast, showers are expected for the entirety of the day. There are 70 percent chances of rain during the scheduled start of play [8:00 PM Local].


Pitch Condition/Report:

Only one game has been played at St Lucia in this edition of the Caribbean Premier League. In the game between the hosts and Barbados Tridents, the latter posted 6-172 after 20 overs. The pitch at St Lucia has been traditionally good for batting. In the last edition, we saw three scores in excess of 200 plus at the venue while the pacers also get some assistance, evident from the wicket-tally of the last game between the Tridents and the hosts.

Average first innings score: 137 (In 21 T20Is)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 12, Lost – 9

Team News:

(Will be added when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

St Lucia Zouks:

Andre Fletcher, Rahkeem Cornwall, Colin Ingram, Kavem Hodge, Colin de Grandhomme, Daren Sammy (c), Christopher Barnwell, Obed McCoy, Fawad Ahmed, Hardus Viljoen, Kesrick Williams.

Bench – Andre McCarthy, John Campbell, Roland Cato, Jahmar Hamilton, Keddy Lesporis, Jeavor Royal

Trinbago Knight Riders

Lendl Simmons, Mark Deyal, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Bravo, James Neesham, Denesh Ramdin, Seekkuge Prasanna, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Ali Khan

Bench- Sunil Narine, Akeal Hosein, Javon Searles, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster


Top Picks:

St Lucia Zouks: The return of Colin Ingram to the fold should release some pressure off the shoulders of Rahkeem Cornwall (157 runs in 5 games) and Andre Fletcher (96 runs in 5 games), who have done the bulk of the scoring for the fledgeling batting unit. The bowling will once again be led by Obed McCoy (9 wickets) and Fawad Ahmed (6 wickets).

Trinbago Knight Riders: For the Knight Riders, the trio of Lendl Simmons (261 runs in 5 games), Colin Munro (124 runs in 2 games) and Kieron Pollard (170 runs in 5 games) have spearheaded their batting in this tournament, and much of the same should be expected on Sunday.

Anderson Phillip claimed three wickets in an otherwise high-run scoring encounter against St Kitts. He, Ali Khan (3 wickets) and Kharry Pierre (3 wickets) will once again be crucial.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Colin de Grandhomme

Vice-Captain – Andre Fletcher, Colin Munro, Rahkeem Cornwall

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Andre Fletcher

Batters – Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons (C), Colin Munro, Colin Ingram

All-Rounders – Rahkeem Cornwall (VC), Colin de Granddhomme, James Neesham

Bowlers – Anderson Phillip, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Denesh Ramdin

Batters – Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons (VC), Colin Munro (C), Colin Ingram, Daren Sammy

All-Rounders – Rahkeem Cornwall

Bowlers – Anderson Phillip, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre, Kesrick Williams


Expert Advice:

Both the top-orders have been in scintillating form in the tournament, especially the likes of Simmons, Munro, and Cornwall. Make sure you elect them as captain/vice-captain of your Dream11 side.

Probable Winners:

5-0: That’s the head-to-head record of the Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks. Need we say more? Trinbago Knight Riders start as overwhelming favourites.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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