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CPL 2022, Match 2: SLK vs TKR Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: St Lucia Kings vs Trinbago Knight Riders (SLK vs TKR)

Date: September 1, Thursday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, West Indies

St Lucia Kings will go head to head with Trinbago Knight Riders in the second match of the Caribbean Premier League 2022 at Warner Park, Basseterre. Trinbago Knight Riders, the most successful team in CPL history, finished at the top spot in the 2021 points table with 6 wins and 4 losses from their 10 matches. Colin Munro was their top run-scorer with 267 runs while Kieron Pollard was the second-highest run scorer with 261 runs. In the bowling department, Ravi Rampaul picked up 19 wickets at an average of 16 and an economy rate of 7.96.

St Lucia Kings, on the other hand, were the runners-up of CPL 2021 after losing the final to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by 3 wickets. They finished fourth in the points table with five wins and as many losses from 10 games. Roston Chase was their top run-scorer with 446 runs at a strike rate of 144, while Faf du Plessis was the second best batsman with 277 runs at a strike rate of 143. Among the bowlers, Jeavor Royal picked up 12 wickets at an average of 16 and an economy rate of 7.25.

Both St Lucia Kings and Trinbago Knight Riders will look to start their 2022 campaign on a winning note. Ahead of the second game of CPL 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for SLK vs TKR, CPL 2022, Match 2

The pitch at Warner Park in Basseterre is not really batting friendly and assists the bowlers more than the batsmen. A total of 12 T20s have been played at this venue, of which 8 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score is 125, while the average second innings score is 104. The highest and lowest total recorded is 182 for 6 and 45 for 10.

The weather in Basseterre will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 to 33 degrees.

Trinbago Knight Riders team news and predicted XI

Team news: Trinbago Knight Riders, the most successful team in the history of Caribbean Premier League, will eye a record fifth title this season. They have a lot of power in their batting line up in the form of Colin Munro, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, and also boasts of quality bowlers like Sunil Narine, Maheesh Theekshana and Akeal Hosein.

 Squad: Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Tion Webster, Daryn Dupavillon/Maheesh Theekshana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Tim Seifert, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Terrence Hinds, Leonardo Julien, Shaaron Lewis, Ravi Rampaul 

Predicted XI:  Tion Webster, Tim Seifert, Andre Russell, Seekkuge Prasanna, Anderson Phillip, Akeal Hosein, Shaaron Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran, Jayden Seales.

St Lucia Kings team news and predicted XI

Team news: Faf du Plessis, Tim David and David Wiese, are unlikely to play the first game due to late arrival in the camp after finishing their assignments at the Hundred. Mark Deyal captained St Lucia in the 6ixty in the absence of du Plessis.

Squad: Roston Chase, Johnson Charles, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph, Mark Deyal, Jeavor Royal, Faf du Plessis, Tim David, David Wiese, Scott Kuggeleijn, Matthew Forde, Leroy Lugg, Preston McSween, Larry Edwards, Ackeem Auguste, Rivaldo Clarke, Roshon Primus/Niroshan Dickwella

Predicted XI: Johnson Charles, Leroy Lugg, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Ackeem Auguste, Roshon Primus, Matthew Forde, Alzarri Joseph, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jeavor Royal, Kesrick Williams

Head to head record

St Lucia Kings and Trinbago Knight Riders have played a total of 18 CPL matches over the years. TKR have 14 wins while SLK have won just twice. Two games produced no results.

Total matches – 18

St Lucia Kings – 2

Trinbago Knight Riders – 14

No result – 2

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SLK vs TKR, CPL 2022

Sunil Narine: all-rounder, Trinbago Knight Riders

The T20 specialist very recently took 11 wickets in just six matches in The Hundred. In the 6ixty tournament that followed, Narine took a wicket and scored 35 runs. Narine’s T20 stats make him a powerful weapon for any team. He has 464 wickets in 426 T20s, as well as a batting strike rate of almost 148.

Andre Russell: all-rounder, Trinbago Knight Riders

The explosive all-rounder, who loves to hit sixes for fun, smashed six sixes in a row in the 6IXTY tournament. He scored 137 runs and took three wickets in all for the Knight Riders. One of the most sought after players in the game’s shortest format, Russell has a strike rate of almost 170 in his T20 career and has also picked up 375 wickets.

Tim David – batsman, St Lucia Kings

Tim David was not at his destructive best in The Hundred, but he is still a great pick for your fantasy cricket team. The Singapore finisher has scored 558 runs in 14 T20I matches at a strike rate of 158.52.

Faf du Plessis – batsman, St Lucia Kings

Faf du Plessis’ recent form has not been great, but he brings with him a wealth of international as well as franchise cricket experience. The South African brings him the experience of 50 T20 internationals and 300 T20s.

Nicholas Pooran – wicketkeeper batsman, Trinbago Knight Riders

Nicholas Pooran, who missed out on the 6IXTY tournament, hit 91 runs off 55 balls against New Zealand in what was his last international outing before the CPL. Pooran has a batting strike rate of 130 in T20 internationals, and 142.36 in other T20s. On his day, the southpaw can win games by himself.

MPL fantasy XI – SLK vs TKR, CPL 2022

SLK vs TKR – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The SLK vs TKR gameat the Men’s CPL 2022 will not be televised live in India. But you can catch the live action on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on September 1.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

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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