Defending champs get last chance at finals against fired-up Patriots

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Current CPL champs Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will tonight slug it out with a spirited St Kitts and Nevis Patriots side to determine who will sit on the sidelines and who advances to battle the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) for the Hero CPL 2018 Championship.Chris GayleDespite having the advantage of playing at home, the TKR will be mentally shaken, having suffered back-to-back losses to the Warriors a few nights ago, the most recent being in a thrilling 2-wicket encounter. Considering that the TKR had this season lost one of their encounters to the Patriots before rebounding with a win, it is reasonable to surmise that their nerves might just be a little jagged going into this encounter.The Patriots had replicated a similar result at Providence when they stunned the Jamaica Tallawahs the very next night by the same two-wicket margin. While Sohail Tanvir smashed the winning runs for a six, Ben Cutting did the same as he muscled a big six to seal a win for his team; thus setting up a juicy contest.Anton Devcich was the hero with a blazing half-century, while the Patriots’ top-order, including skipper Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis and others, were among the prominent scorers.Darren BravoTKR have the advantage and the drive, given they are defending champs; and after their two losses, will have one more chance to prove their might.Much will revolve around their batting, due to their contributions to date. Colin Munro, the leading run-scorer, will need to rebound after not making any significant scores in the last two games. So, too, would his countryman Brendon McCullum, who also failed. If the Kiwis click, TKR could post a huge total, or chase one.Veteran Denesh Ramdin is a big-match player, and given his form, he could play a big role in the middle along with Darren Bravo. The left-hander was in amazing form early on, but has since been playing more of an anchor role. A return to his backyard in a change of venue could reignite his fire.South African Colin Ingram looked decent in Guyana, but his reputation as a big player and a power-hitter will be tested on Friday night. Skipper Dwayne Bravo will also need to polish his game in both departments, and could also come to the party playing at home.Ben CuttingThe bowlers will most likely be Ali Khan, Sunil Narine, Kharry Pierre, Kevon Cooper and possibly all-rounder Javon Searles. All the TKR bowlers, especially Khan and Pierre, have been match-winners throughout the tourney, and could prove a pride of lions in a big game such as this.Gayle’s men have been good with the ball, but their last performance saw the Tallawahs rack up 191, punishing a quality bowling attack. Cutting will be the X-factor, and as a consistent wicket-taker this season, he could play another huge role; while pacer Sheldon Cotterell, Carlos Brathwaite and possibly spinner Hayden Walsh Jr could account for the options.Colin MunroWith much to play for, both teams will be coming out with guns blazing. TKR will not want to choke in their backyard and ruin their third shot at a place in the finals, while a loss will certainly dethrone them. The Patriots, meanwhile, would want to keep their fire going and knock out the champs as they push closer to the finals.The action is expected to bowl off from 20:00h. The Hero CPL 2018 final match is due to be played at the ground in Tarouba, St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

Dele Alli confirms he will be fit for England’s last 16 clash with Colombia

first_img Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 Alli was substituted with ten minutes remaining after being hampered with the injury preparation “I think that’s very dangerous,” the attacking midfielder said when asked if it was fair to say England are in the easier half of the draw.“We have to approach every game like we’re playing the best side in the world.“There’s some top sides and no international game is easy. For us, we’re not focusing on the next games. We want to get through Colombia.“They’re a dangerous side and they’ve got a lot of great talent, so we have to be switched onto that and not look into the future, into the next games.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. explained Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal Latest England News Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaced Alli in his absence, however is unlikely to be selected over the man he succeeded after a pair of far from standout performances in England’s last two group games.Tuesday’s last 16 tie is a chance for the Three Lions to win a first knockout match since 2006 and atone for some galling major tournament defeats, the most high-profile of which was their humiliating Euro 2016 exit to minnows Iceland.Alli was in the side that day so there is little chance of complacency seeping in against Colombia, despite some already looking ahead to a tasty quarter-final against Switzerland or Sweden. How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? TALENT England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania ANALYSIS RIP LEGEND Second is best ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online “Yeah (I am fully fit),” the Tottenham man said after missing the Panama and Belgium matches.“Obviously after the injury I was frustrated, but I’ve been doing a lot of work every day to make sure I’m back and I am ready to go.”Even if Alli had been fit on Thursday, he would have almost certainly have been rested against Belgium given he is one of England’s key men. There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Dele Alli has confirmed he is now fully fit and back in contention for England’s World Cup last 16 match against Colombia on Tuesday.The Tottenham man could have a starring role against the South Americans as he looks to kick-start a World Cup thrown off track by a thigh strain picked up in the Three Lions’ Group G opener against Tunisia. 2 GETTING READY England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 sad day have a look 2 The 22-year-old has been speaking ahead of the Colombia tie drama last_img read more