Trinbago Knight Riders
After their flawless campaign of last year, Trinbago Knight Riders got a rude awakening this time around, as they lost their 2021 campaign’s opening game to Guyana Amazon Warriors.
What’s surprising is that the target of 143 was not that steep and the formidable batting unit of Trinbago still failed to get to it.
Granted that the surface was not easy to bat on but a side boasting all international players should still have chased it down.
Trinbago’s culprits, as indicated, were obviously their batters – five of whom got starts but none scored more than 28 (Denesh Ramdin).
The upset must jold Trinbago’s system but that does not mean that they are still not better than all the other teams.
Like the Knight Riders, Barbados Tridents also started their 2021 campaign with a defeat, with their conquerors being St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – the tournament’s sole hosts.
The defeat would hurt them too, especially after they had St Kitts pinned at 4-39 in the eighth over and still allowed a sizable total of 175.
Barbados’ batting unit looks thin and unpredictable, which means that their bowlers cannot afford to relent and allow big totals.
They’d have to be on their best behavior against a Trinbago side that has had its pride take a hit in their opening game and would be eager to pounce on an opportunity to bounce back like a cornered tiger.