SLK vs TKR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Aug 26, 2023

St Lucia Kings and Trinbago Knight Riders will play the ninth match of the 2023 Caribbean Premier League. The Kings currently occupy second position in the CPL standings, while the Knight Riders are at the bottom of the six-team table. The two teams have only one win between them this season amid a string of washouts in Gros Islet.

The tournament has since moved to Basseterre, where the weather is dry. We should get a full fixture in here. Let's see what markets and betting odds are in store for this match between four-time champions Trinbago and a St Lucia team still in pursuit of a maiden CPL title.

St Lucia Kings vs Trinbago Knight Riders head-to-head record

St Lucia and Trinbago have effectively taken it in turns to beat each other in their last five meetings. Neither team has managed two successive wins in that period. 

Their previous encounter, during the 2022 CPL, resulted in a thrilling one-run win for the Kings in Tarouba. Interestingly, four of the last five matches between St Lucia and the Knight Riders have been won by the team batting first.

St Lucia Kings vs Trinbago Knight Riders live streaming and broadcast

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SLK vs TKR Team Previews

St Lucia Kings

The Kings were involved in four of the first six matches of the 2023 CPL. It was a busy time for the Gros Islet hosts, who lost to Jamaica Tallawahs before beating Barbados Royals - and then shared washouts with Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

St Lucia have five of the top six run-scorers in this season's CPL so far. That's largely because they've played more matches than other teams, but also speaks volumes of the batting firepower at their disposal. International talent in Zimbabwean Sean Williams and South African Faf du Plessis complement local trio Roshon Primus, Roston Chase and Johnson Charles.

The Kings also have four of the top eight wicket-takers in this season's tournament so far. Seamer Matthew Forde has led the attack, while Scotland recruit Chris Sole has been finding threatening pace and good carry in Caribbean conditions. Forde was particularly impressive in last week's win over Barbados.

St Lucia Kings Playing 11

Faf du Plessis, Johnson Charles, Sean Williams, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Roston Chase, Sikandar Raza, Roshon Primus, Alzarri Joseph, Peter Hatzoglou, Khary Pierre, McKenny Clarke.

Trinbago Knight Riders

More than a week into the 2023 CPL, the Knight Riders are still trying to complete their first match. West Indian quartet Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine make for a formidable set of all-rounders for Trinbago. They can rely heavily on these four stars for runs and wickets.

Trinbago got started against St Kitts and Nevis, only for the wet weather in Gros Islet to have the final say. Early pointers from that match suggest New Zealander Martin Guptill will open the batting again. He recently nominated for the Big Bash draft in Australia and is a huge asset for any T20 team.

A key to any campaign in the Caribbean can centre around playing two specialist spinners. Trinbago have a promising combination in Narine and left-armer Akeal Hosein. Narine and Hosein shared 20 wickets in the 2022 CPL and it'll be interesting to see how often, if at all, they bowl in tandem in this match. One or both could be deployed during the opening powerplay, too.

Trinbago Knight Riders Playing 11

Martin Guptill, Chadwick Walton, Mark Deyal, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Akeal Hosein, Ali Khan, Jaden Carmicheal.

SLK vs TKR Toss Prediction

It's highly probable the captain to win the toss will opt to bowl first. This was always the case during the opening four matches of the Basseterre leg in the 2022 CPL and the trend has continued in 2023.

Jamaica won the toss, opted to bowl first and won the match in the opening Basseterre match earlier this week. Trinbago and St Lucia should take their cue from this and other recent toss results at Warner Park.

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch will likely bake under the Warner Park sun and get easier to bat on throughout. This is another indicator that the toss-winning team should bowl first. A first-innings total of 170-plus could be competitive.

There is no forecast of rain across Basseterre on matchday. Humidity levels will be characteristically high. The spinners and seamers will need to keep sweat off their palms to maintain good control of the ball.

SLK vs TKR Betting Tips

It is difficult to look past Trinbago for victory here. With Russell, Narine, Pollard and Bravo in the ranks, the Knight Riders' bowling stocks are plentiful. Bravo has taken the most wickets in the history of professional T20 cricket. Batting-wise, the in-form Nicholas Pooran is another significant resource for the Knight Riders.

The Kings have looked substandard at best in the 2023 CPL so far. Indeed, they have more game time under the belt than Trinbago recently, but that won't necessarily square up to a stronger performance. Bet on the Knight Riders to win at 1.72. The underdog Kings are priced at 2.05 for victory.

Bonus Cricket Bets

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    Dwayne Bravo to be top Trinbago Knight Riders bowler



Bravo has returned to Trinbago after a stint with the Patriots. He averaged well over a wicket per match for St Kitts and Nevis last season. That's an impressive ratio in T20 cricket. Bravo was relatively prolific for the Texas Super Kings in Major League Cricket in the USA and MI Emirates in the International League T20 in the UAE earlier this year, too.

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    Sean Williams to be top St Lucia Kings batter



Williams is St Lucia's leading run-scorer this season so far. He was in tremendous form for Zimbabwe during the Cricket World Cup Qualifier earlier this year, striking multiple centuries. He's a reasonable pick at strong odds to be St Lucia's top batsman in this match.

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    Faf du Plessis to hit a six



Kings captain du Plessis was the leading six-hitter in the 2022 CPL with 23 maximums. He has endured some poor form recently, but this could be his opportunity to turn that around. Either way, du Plessis is a solid selection to hit at least one six in this match.

Today Match Prediction

Trinbago Knight Riders To Win the Match, 1.73

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Who will win SLK vs TKR

St Lucia Kings 64.71% (55)
Trinbago Knight Riders 35.29% (30)
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