CPL 2022, Match 8: Barbados Royals vs Trinbago Knight Riders
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
10:00 AM local time
This is the 20th time both teams will face off in the CPL. The Knight Riders lead the overall head-to-head tally, winning 12 of the 19 matches they have played so far, while the Royals have won seven. This will also be the first match of the season at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, meaning both teams will go in with an equal advantage as far as the conditions are concerned.
In the last 10 T20s played at this venue, pacers have dominated the wickets column with 65 wickets in 19 innings. The average first-innings score here has been 154/7 across the 59 T20 games played. Captains have traditionally opted to win the toss and chase here, which has also resulted in the chasing team winning more matches.
Royals to watch
Rahkeem Cornwall - The decision to open their batting innings with the explosive Rahkeem is turning out to be a masterstroke from the Royals. His quick starts have been instrumental in the team having a successful Powerplay, whilst also setting the foundation for the rest of the batting line-up. At this ground alone, Rahkeem has scored over 200 T20 runs at an impressive strike rate of 148.1.
Royals batters at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium (T20s)
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Kyle Mayers - With a 46-ball 73 and a match-winning four-wicket haul, all-rounder Kyle Mayers was all over the Saint Lucia Kings in the last game, helping the Royals close out an important victory in an unpredictable, rain-affected game. His exploits at the top form one half of a solid opening partnership that is capable of putting the team firmly in the driver's seat from the get-go.
Quinton de Kock replacing wicketkeeper-batter Devon Thomas was the only change in the Royals' Playing XI for the previous game. It'll be interesting to see if there's any other tactical change going up against the Knight Riders. There is no official injury update from the camp.
• Devon Thomas is 7 fours away from 100 fours in CPL
• Rahkeem Cornwall is 75 short of completing 1000 runs in CPL
• Quinton de Kock needs 7 boundaries for 1000 boundaries in T20s