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CPL 2021 – SKNP vs TKR Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders, CPL 2021 (SKNP vs TKR)

Date: September 13, Monday

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts

After registering an eight-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are now at the top of the points table with six wins from nine games. Dominic Drakes and Jon-Russ Jaggersar picked up three wickets each as the Knights were restricted to a first innings total of 159. It was an easy chase for the Patriots, who were helped by an unbeaten 102 off 52 balls by Evin Lewis. The opening hit 11 sixes and five hours to help his side gun down the target in 14.4 overs and confirm a berth in the playoffs. 

The Knight Riders, who were on the top of the points table before their previous game against the Patriots, are now placed second with five wins from nine games. Apart from Colin Munro ( 47 ), none of the other TKR batters could stay put on the crease for a long time. 

A day after playing each other in match number 27 on September 12, the two teams will now play their return fixture on September 13. Both the teams have some of the world’s best players in their ranks and thus match number 40 of the Caribbean Premier League 2021 could be an exciting contest.

Weather update and pitch report for SKNP vs TKR, CPL 2021

Going by how the games in CPL 2021 have played out, the surface has provided equal assistance to both batters and bowlers, but spinners have enjoyed their time more than the pacers. We’ve seen both high and low scoring encounters in the past one week. The highest CPL score recorded at Warner Park is 255- 5 while the lowest is 80-10.

As for the weather update, it is mostly going to be cloudy all through the day. The temperature will hover around 29 degree Celsius and humidity will be around 65%.

TKR team news and predicted XI

Team news:  While the Knights looked a bit off-colour at the start of the season, they picked themselves back up and are now in a good position to make it to the playoffs. However, they will be disappointed with their performance from the last game. Ali Khan gave away more than 50 runs in three overs and is unlikely to be retained in the playing XI for the next game. 

Predicted XI: Lendl Simmons, Tion Webster, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Bravo, Tim Siefert (wk), Sunil Narine, Khary Pierre, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales.

SKNP team news and predicted XI

Team news: It was Evin Lewis’ one-man show that helped the Patriots in the last game, but they will also be happy with an underperforming Chris Gayle contributing with an 18-ball 35. 

Predicted XI: Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas, Chris Gayle (c), Andre McCarthy, Ravi Bopara, Fabian Allen, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Dominic Drakes, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Paul van Meekeren, Fawad Ahmed.

Head to head record

Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have played 17 games between them, of which the Knights have won 12 and Patriots 5. At Warner Park, the Knights have won three games and Patriots two. 

SKNP vs TKR: Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SKNP vs TKR, CPL 2021

Evin Lewis: Batter, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

Despite two back to back failures in his last two outings, Evin Lewis came back stronger and proved that form is temporary but class is permanent. He scored a 52-ball 102 in the previous game at a strike rate of 196.15. The opener is his side’s leading run-scorer, having piled up 343 runs at an average of 42.87 and a strike rate of 158.79. He has also hit the tournament’s most number of sixes – 30. Lewis – the sixth-highest run-scorer in CPL history – is a must-have in your MPL XI team. His price is 9.5 credits.

Kieron Pollard: Batter, Trinbago Knight Riders

The Trinbago skipper is not among the highest run-scorers or wicket-takers of CPL 2021, but has put up significant performances. He has a batting average of 36.80 and a strike rate of 141.43 and has also scored a half-century. One of the biggest names not just in CPL but franchise cricket across the world, the all-rounder has a batting strike rate of over 152 in 558 T20Is, while also picking up 298 wickets with his medium pace bowling. The experienced campaigner will be eyeing the landmark of 300 wickets in the remainder of the tournament. Pollard’s price on the MPL app is 9.5 credits.

Chris Gayle – Batter, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

Chris Gayle has scored only 118 runs in six matches but going by how he batted in the previous game, it seems like he is all set to fire on all cylinders in the remaining games. Gayle scored an 18-ball 35 against the Patriots a day ago, and will be looking to carry that momentum into the next game. The swashbuckling batter has a strike rate of 145.91 in T20 cricket and at 9.5 credits is a good pick for your MPL XI.

Sunil Narine – All-rounder, Trinbago Knight Riders

The all-rounder scored an 18-ball 33 in the previous game and also was also the most economical of all TKR bowlers, having conceded only 10 runs in his four overs. In all, he has picked up 11 wickets in CPL 2021 and has played some handy knocks down the order. The T20 globetrotter, priced at 9.5 credits, can help you score points with both his batting and bowling.

Ravi Rampaul – Bowler, Trinbago Knight Riders

Another good pick from among the TKR players is Ravi Rampaul – the highest wicket-taker in CPL 2021 so far with 17 wickets, which has also earned him a recall to the West Indies side for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Ravi, 36, last played a T20I for West Indies in 2015 but has been a consistent performer in other T20s, where he has 209 wickets from 161 games. Given his current form, the fast bowler is a handy pick for your MPL XI team at 9 credits.

MPL fantasy XI

SKNP vs TKR CPL 2021 – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, the Caribbean Premier League will be streamed live on Fancode app. The game will begin at 04:30 AM IST on September 13. 

Also read: IRE vs ZIM, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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