TKR VS SLS – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the opening match of CPL 2018 between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Stars on 8 August.
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Trinbago Knight Riders Team News
Following the announcement of TKR’s original draft for the forthcoming CPL season, there has been as many as three changes. Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed and Ali Khan have joined the squad, having replaced Junior Dala, Shadab Khan and Ronsford Beaton respectively.
Squad: Dwayne Bravo (C), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Ali Khan, Javon Searles, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Phillip, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed
St Lucia Stars Team News
The Stars led by Darren Sammy have also introduced a couple of fresh players in the draft – Mark Chapman and Mohammad Sami as a replacement of Dasun Shanaka and Rumman Raees. The latest inclusion of David Warner in place of D’Arcy Short will fancy their chances even more.
Squad: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (C), Mohammad Sami, Andre Fletcher, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Rahkeem Cornwall, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Mark Chapman, Christopher Lamont, Obed McCoy, Odean Smith, Jaskaran Malhotra, David Warner
Top Funtasy Picks
Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo – The Caribbean all-rounder is never out of ways to light up a T20 contest. Pick him up straight away!
St Lucia Stars: David Warner – The Australian opener didn’t have the best of starts in the recently concluded Global Canada T20 League, but his batting credentials might lure you to bank on him.
Punt Pick: Lendl Simmons – The right hander is known for setting the stadium ablaze when in form. He may provide his team the start they want for the all-important opener.