Knight Riders to kick-start season against Tallawahs


Defending champions, the Trinbago Knight Riders, will take on Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League on Monday, having recorded only one win in their first three matches.

Monday's encounter will be the Knight Riders final home game of the CPL, and they will be keen to give their fans something to savour after a mediocre start.

Knight Rider's coach, Simon Helmot, is not overly fussed with how things have gone so far as he feels his team have competed well despite suffering two defeats.

In a media release Helmot stressed the need for his team to improve in the Powerplays, saying: “We have been in winning positions in all three games. It is fair to say that we have to improve our PowerPlay bowling and probably with the bat in the PowerPlays, we just haven’t been starting as consistently as we need to."

Hashim Amla and Dwayne Bravo put on a world record partnership to help TKR to their only win of the campaign, Helmot has been pleased with most of his team's performance: “We have had some great partnerships, some great individual scores, Sunil Narine has been bowling brilliantly and in patches we have been bowling well, we just haven’t galvanised the whole 20 overs together.

"We believe we should have won all of our games and we will be looking to see how we can bowl defensively and attackingly in those first six overs.”

Helmot highlighted that the Knight Riders found themselves in a similar log position at this stage last year, and still came out on top, he has backed his stars to perform, claiming: “We were in a similar position last year, we lost the first couple of games and we had a washout and only one win.

"Hopefully we can make sure we stay nice and confident and calm. We have a good group, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, our chief mentor in Jacques Kallis, it keeps the dressing room nice and calm. There is no panic, we have good people in our rooms.”