Fired-up TKR battle out-of-sorts Tridents

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Fresh off their win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors, defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will be seeking another win when they take on the last placed Barbados Tridents in Match 28 at the Queen’s Park Oval.Shai HopeFriday night’s match should be interesting as TKR will be sizing up the under-pressure of Stars who are in last place, having suffered a recent series of losses; setting up a typical top-of-the-table versus bottom-of-the-table clash. TKR shook up the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Wednesday’s game with Colin Munro denting the bowling surging to 90.While TKR’s line-up has been firing throughout the tournament, Chris Lynn has been out of touch and with his replacement Colin Ingram a similar player to Munro, the champs could fancy their star-studded batting order and hope for a change at the top of the order.A strong showing from USA pacer Ali Khan who starred with 3 wickets in the last game along with some collective work from skipper Dwayne Bravo, Australian leggy Fawad Ahmad and others who have been making a difference. Should the Tridents look for some luck, they will need their batters to fire on the right cylinders with their batsmen like Hashim Amla, Shai Hope, Dwayne Smith and others picking up the slack.Steve Smith who was ruled out with an injury was also a huge loss for the Tridents, making their playing combination going forward a bit more mysterious. However, the quality of bowlers the Tridents possess such as their Pakistani pair of Mohammed Irfan and Wahab Riaz will be a handful while Jason Holder will have triple the responsibility playing as an all-rounder and skipper.Colin MunroTKR could look again to Brendon McCullum for another MVP knock after the ex-New Zealand Captain smashed 66 in a low-scoring game versus the Tridents earlier in the tournament, to help TKR win by 4 wickets.With both Bravo brothers in immaculate hitting form, along with the pair of Kiwis, Ramdin’s seniority and a clicking bowling attack; the champs will fancy the chances of adding to their 12 points and remain in number one spot. The Tridents meanwhile, will be keen on upsetting TKR’s current flow; when the two franchises collide from 20:00h at the Queen’s Park Oval. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more