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CPL 2021: 1st Semi Final, TKR vs SLK – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Lucia Kings, (TKR vs SLK, 1st Semi Final)

Date: September 14, 2021

Venue: Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the 1st semi final of the CPL 2021 between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Kings on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD at 7:30 PM IST. The match will also be available for streaming on the online live sports streaming platform, FanCode. 

1st Semi Final, TKR vs SLK – What to expect: 

After a month of thrilling action, the 2021 Caribbean Premier League has reached its knockout stage. It will be Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Kings battling it out in the first semi final at Warner Park stadium in St Kitts on Tuesday. 

Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are the other two semi finalists, who finished on 12 points each. However TKR leapfrogged them by defeating the Patriots by 4 wickets and with a much superior net run-rate of +0.700. SLK, on the other hand, lost their last league game by 8 wickets against Barbados Royals and finished on 10 points. They had to depend on GAW beating Jamaica Tallawahs to keep their fourth spot. The defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders will be favourites heading into the semi finals. 

Pitch Report of 1st Semi Final, TKR vs SLK: 

The Warner Park stadium in St Kitts venue usually offers something for everyone. The average first innings score from 69 T20 matches played here reads 165. In the ongoing CPL season, the pitches mostly have been very tricky for batters, with spinners running riot. The average first innings total from the 30 league stage matches in the 2021 season reads 162, where 18 times the team batting first touched 150 while the 200-run barrier was broken thrice. The highest first innings score here was 255/5 by Jamaica Tallawahs, with the lowest being 80/10. 

Trinbago Knight Riders, Expected XI and Team News 

The Knight Riders have tried several combinations throughout the tournament and certainly have a problem of plenty. Sunil Narine, who was rested from the last game, should be back for the knockout game. There could be a tussle between Kharry Pierre, Ali Khan and Isuru Udana for the last spot. 

Probable XI – Lendl Simmons, Tion Webster, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (captain), Sunil Narine, Kharry Pierre, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales 

St Lucia Kings, Expected XI and Team News 

St Lucia Kings suffered a huge blow with Faf du Plessis missing the last game due to a groin injury. There are serious doubts over his participation in the semi final. Obed McCoy, who has played selective games for workload management, should be back in this game. They might have to choose between Keemo Paul, Wahab Riaz and Kesrick Williams for one spot. 

Probable XI – Andre Fletcher (wk/captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Tim David, Samit Patel, Mark Deyal, David Weise, Jeavor Royal, Alzarri Joseph, Wahab Riaz/Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy 

Head to head record of TKR vs SLK 

The rivalry between TKR and SLK has been utterly lopsided, with the Knight Riders winning 14 out of 17 matches. In the last five meetings, TKR have won four matches while SLK have won once. 

Trinbago Knight Riders – 14

St Lucia Kings – 3 

TKR vs SLK: Five players to watch out for in the 1st semi final of the CPL 2021 

Here we list down five players to watch out for in the Knight Riders vs Kings match: 

Kieron Pollard: All-rounder, Trinbago Knight Riders 

Kieron Pollard is one of the biggest T20 names in cricket, played all over the world. The 34yr old has had a stellar record in T20 cricket with 11133 runs at an average of 32 while striking at 153, including one hundred and 56 fifties. He has picked 298 wickets while conceding at 8.21. Pollard has been outstanding for TKR, being their top run-scorer of this season with 235 runs at 39 average and 155 strike rate. Pollard smashed 51 off 22 against the Patriots in the last game. 

Roston Chase: All-rounder, St Lucia Kings 

Roston Chase has earned a T20 WC call-up for the West Indies on the back of a sensational season in the CPL 2021. He has been absolutely sublime for St Lucia at no. 4, having scored 367 runs in 10 matches at a fantastic average of 52 and strike rate of 148. Chase has brought up four half centuries in the tournament, including 56 off 38 against Barbados Royals in the last match. The all-rounder has done a superb job with the ball in hand as well, claiming 9 wickets at an economy of 6.93 rpo. 

Sunil Narine: All-rounder, Trinbago Knight Riders 

Sunil Narine is one of the leading personalities in the T20 arena with vast experience. Narine has had a glorious career in the format, where he has taken 411 wickets in 384 matches at an exceptional economy of 6.05, including one five-fer and 11 four-fers. He is a valuable pinch hitter as well, scoring 2685 runs at an average of 15 while striking at 145. Narine has been magnificent in the ongoing season, picking 11 wickets at an unbelievable economy of 4.53. 

Ravi Rampaul: Bowler, Trinbago Knight Riders 

The veteran fast bowler, who represented the West Indies for 12 years, has enjoyed his time since 2015 playing in the T20 leagues. Rampaul has impressive numbers in the format with 210 wickets in 161 games at an economy of 7.55. The pacer has one five-fer and nine four-fers to his name, with the best of 5/9. Rampaul is leading the bowling chart in the CPL 2021 with 18 scalps in nine matches at an economy of 7.27. His best figures this season read 4/29 and also has two 3-fers. 

Jeavor Royal: Bowler, St Lucia Kings 

The 22yr old has done a commendable job for St Lucia Kings and is their highest wicket-taker. The left arm orthodox spinner has exploited the spin friendly conditions superbly, taking 12 wickets in just eight matches while conceding at only 6.75 rpo. Royal has claimed three 3-fers in the process, with best figures of 3/19 against Warriors. With form on his side, Royal will be a key player for the Kings in the all-important clash. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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