Trinbago Knight Riders
Trinbago were wobble at the start of their CPL 2021 campaign but found their momentum soon enough and by the time the business end of the season approached, they were back in form.
After winning one of their opening three of the season, the won five of their remaining seven to storm to the top of the table.
They also won their final match of the round-robin stage, beating previous league leaders and hosts St Kitts and Nevis by four wickets.
Like last year, Trinbago are again the team to beat and firm favourites to win it all.
Their bowling is spearheaded by veteran Ravi Rampaul, who is having an Indian summer and is the joint highest wicket taker in the tournament with 18 to his name. Their batting has been more a team effort, with multiple contributors rather than one or two heroes, which is a good problem to have. Or is it a problem at all?
St Lucia Kings
The biggest headache for the Kings is the groin injury of their captain Faf du Plessis. The veteran South African picked up the knock on Saturday and now faces a race against time to be fit for the crucial final-four match.
His absence was felt in the last game when stand-in skipper Andre Fletcher was visibly struggling to calm his bowlers and stop the flow of runs. In the end, they ended up losing to Barbados Royals – the side that finished last in the tournament.
Such a morale crushing victory was the last thing the Kings would have wanted before such an important match.
The leadership gap aside, Du Plessis’ batting replacement – Rahkeem Cornwall – did pretty well with the bat, contributing 40 off 26 and provided a 62-run stand with Fletcher up top, as the Kings piled up 190-6, a total which should have sufficed, had Fletcher managed to use his options wisely.
Thus, the quest for their maiden CPL title rests on the ‘groin’ of their injured skipper.