As expected, the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches have been action-packed and thrilling to watch. Batsmen have entertained with lusty blows and quick-fire knocks, while the bowlers have more than held their own and even got the better of the men with the bat in hand on a few occasions. With CPL 2020 now entering its second week of action, here are few players worth keeping an eye on between now and the end of the season.
Roston Chase has been enjoying himself with both bat and ball in the 2020 CPL. The all-rounder from Barbados has scored two fifties in St Lucia Zouks’ first four matches of the season and is one of the reasons behind his team being in the current top two in the standings. Chase has also contributed with the ball with his 3-for-12 from four overs against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots proving to be crucial for their win in that match. Second on the leaderboard for most runs so far this season, Chase’s 66 in St Lucia Zouks’ last outing against Guyana Amazon Warriors turned out to be a Player of the Match performance and helped his team to another win.
After missing out following an explosive start during league leaders Trinbago Knight Riders’ first match of the season, Colin Munro showed that he’s in fine form in their next two games.
The South Africa-born New Zealand international cricketer sits third in the current leaderboard for most runs in the CPL this season and will be looking to continue with his power-packed displays after an unbeaten 49 and a 30-ball 50 in his last two innings. Player of the Match in the Knight Riders’ last game, he’s hit more fours (13) than any other player and currently boasts the best average (58) among batsmen this season.
Another Trinbago Knight Riders batsman who is having a decent season and looks likely to continue in similar fashion is Darren Bravo. The elegant left-hand batsman gave us a glimpse of what he’s capable of during his unbeaten 36-ball 54 that helped the Knight Riders win their last game. A powerful striker of the ball who can tailor his game according to match situations, Darren is averaging 49 in CPL 2020 and has been making the opposition bowlers toil after getting his eye in. Only Jason Holder (8) and Glenn Phillips (7) have hit more maximums than his six sixes so far.
Among the wickets in all four of St Lucia Zouks’ games this season, Scott Kuggeleijn presently tops the wicket-taking charts in CPL 2020 with 10 scalps to his name. The right-arm fast-medium bowler was particularly impressive in his last two outings, taking a four and three-wicket hauls during wins for the Zouks. His spell of 4-for-33 during the Zouks’ win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots is only bettered by Keemo Paul in as far as best bowling displays this season go. Kuggeleijn’s strike-rate of 9.10 is the best by a bowler thus far.
The veteran spinner has always been a difficult player to keep out of action when the ball is in his hand and the South African legend continues to prove his worth to the team with his performances on the field. Among the wickets in each of Guyana Amazon Warriors’ matches this season, Imran Tahir is second in the leaderboard for most wickets, having accounted for eight scalps from four games this year. His best performance came in a losing effort when his 3-for-22 against the Zouks went in vain. Tahir, though, will be pleased with his own individual performances and will fancy his chance of picking up more wickets as the season progresses.
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