With both teams being knocked out of the tournament, pride will be at stake for Northern Knights and Barbados Tridents in the final round-robin game of the Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20). Starting the tournament with so much promise, the teams flattered to deceive in games that mattered.

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For Kane Williamson, this was a tournament where he yet again showed his class and adaptability across formats and conditions. The former New Zealand Under-19 captain’s stunning century, which was the fastest in CLT20 history will reverberate long after the tournament is done and dusted. Williamson also added a couple of half-centuries along with his scintillating hundred against Lahore Lions and will certainly form the backbone of New Zealand batting order in the years to come.

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Williamson aside, Their bowling; spearheaded by the Trent Boult and Tim Southee yet again showed what they can do with the new ball. Even on the subcontinent flat decks, Boult extracted swing and the with age on their side, the future bodes well for the Kiwi pace duo. The Knights will reflect on the two heavy defeats they suffered in the tournament. With inexperience also being stumbling block playing against the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants, the tournament was a big learning curve for young players like leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who has had mixed bag of success in the tournament.

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Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions Barbados Tridents were weakened considerably from the start and were always fighting against the odds to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament. Like Knights, Barbados too can be proud of a couple of names setting the stage on fire. The classy southpaw, Jonathan Carter was their stand-out performer by a mile. Carter’s hundred against Dolphins was a brutal assault a la Chris Gayle and was consistent throughout. Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera’s quick-fite starts up the order have also been a treat to watch. However, the big names, Ravi Rampaul, James Franklin and skipper Ryad Emrit disappointed big time. Losing top-drawer performers like Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik and Dwayne Smith left a big, gaping void which was hard to fill.

Bangalore’s short boundaries and batting friendly wickets is expected to provide yet another run-fest and Boult and Southee’s abilities with the ball should not be counted out, despite the game being a dead rubber. 


Barbados Tridents: Rayad Emrit (c), Jonathan Carter, Elton Chigumbura, Shane Dowrich, James Franklin, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Neil McKenzie, Kyle Mayers, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Ashley Nurse, William Perkins (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer.

Northern Knights: Daniel Flynn (c), Graeme Aldridge, Jono Boult, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, DJ Harris, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, BJ Watling (wk), Kane Williamson, Brad Wilson