The 1st Semi-Final match of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 will be played between the Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs at the Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad.
The match is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM Local Time (07:30 PM IST) (02:00 PM GMT)
This series will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in India. Live streaming is available on Fan Code.
Even after winning ten successive matches, the Trinbago Knight Riders find themselves in a must-win situation due to the semi-final based knockout system. The Knight Riders will be in full force on Tuesday as they have been resting some of their key players once they sealed their spot in the top two. They will be up against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the semi-final. The Tallawahs made into top four despite losing as many as six matches. A washout against Patriots did help Jamaica to edge over Barbados Tridents in the points table by mere one point.
The final weekend of the league stage witnessed somewhat better pitches for batting but even those got slow down due to back to back matches. Since the first semi-final will be the first game to be played on a new strip, it could produce a high-scoring match.
Average first innings score: 140 (Last four matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Sikandar Raza, Dwayne Bravo, Ali Khan/Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed, Jayden Seales/Akeal Hosein.
Bench: Tion Webster, Amir Jangoo, Pravin Tambe, Anderson Phillip, Ali Khan/Khary Pierre, Jayden Seales/Akeal Hosein.
Glenn Phillips (wk), Jermaine Blackwood/Nkrumah Bonner, Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell (c), Andre Russell, Asif Ali, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fidel Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul/Oshane Thomas.
Bench: Jermaine Blackwood/Nkrumah Bonner, Ramaal Lewis, Nicholas Kirton, Ryan Persaud, Preston McSween, Veerasammy Permaul/Oshane Thomas.
Sunil Narine could only play four matches in the league stage as he underwent a kidney surgery. In those four games, he scored 140 runs at a strike rate over 150 with help of two fifties. He also picked up 5 wickets while conceding runs at an economy of only 4.87.
Glenn Phillips is the only player to amass 300 runs in the CPL 2020 which he did in nine innings by smashing 18 sixes alongside 19 fours. Across those nine innings, Phillips recorded five scores in excess of 40 runs including an unbeaten 79 against the Patriots where he batted full 20 overs.
Kieron Pollard has been in sensational form with the bat in this CPL as he scored 207 runs in seven innings at an average of 51.75. Pollard struck 20 sixes in this competition and had a strike rate of 204.95. He has done a decent job with the ball as well, picking up four wickets in the five innings at an economy rate around 7.5.
The Trinbago Knight Riders’ full-strength squad is probably the most experienced line-up in the history of T20 cricket. The players they have got cover up all the bases much better than any other side in this tournament. Hence, it will be difficult to not see them register a comfortable win on Tuesday morning.
Trinbago Knight Riders are expected to win this match and qualify to the finals.
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Value Bet: Trinbago Knight Riders @1.43 to win at comeon! – 15 Units