CPL 2021 Play-Offs Betting: TKR on Track as Usual

CPL 2021 Play-Offs Betting
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 13th September 2021

Published: 13/09/2021

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And then there were four.

The Barbados Royals and the Jamaica Tallawahs have bitten the dust, with the Royals finishing rock bottom on just six points and the Tallawahs losing their must-win game to Guyana on Sunday.

The other four all are through and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the CPL Playoffs 2021 regarding the last four standing and top tips for cricket betting online on these games.

Plus the other key details below!

Latest CPL Winner Market Odds with Betway

First, let’s have a look at the latest CPL betting odds on offer at Betway

TEAM ODDS
Trinbago Knight Riders 2.75
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 3.2
St Lucia Kings 4.5
Guyana Amazon Warriors 5.0

I’m very much on track in terms of my CPL pre-tournament tips where I advised backing Trinbago at 3.0 and Guyana at 6.5 with Betway. The nice thing is they don’t play each other in the semis so there’s a possibility we’ll have both of them play each other in the final, which would guarantee us a big profit.

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CPL 2021 Playoffs Format,  Dates and Venue

A reminder that unlike in the IPL where there are Eliminators and Qualifiers, the CPL playoffs are two straight semi-finals: first (from the Group Stages) plays third, second plays fourth.

Those two semis are on Tuesday September 14, the final follows on Wednesday September 15. As ever in this year’s CPL 2021, all remaining matches will be played at Warner Park.

Trinbago Knight Riders logo in our CPL playoffs betting guide

Trinbago Knight Riders

The kings of consistency. Another year, another top-of-the-table finish for Trinbago Knight Riders and another great chance to win yet another CPL title.

They had a mixed start to the campaign but true champs that they are, they improved as the Group Stages went on and ended up winning four of their last five.

Star performers so far

Only one place to start.

Kieron Pollard just gets better and better, both as a player and more recently, as a captain.

Yes, it’s actually Colin Munro who has the most runs (239) in the team but it’s Pollard who has been playing the quickfire knocks and getting his team over the line under pressure. A candidate to win Player of the Tournament for a second season running.

Veteran Ravi Rampaul has been brilliant with the ball, taking 18 wickets in nine games to be joint-top with Romario Shepherd. His economy rate of 7.27 is pretty good, too.

Verdict: Justified favourites, no surprise at all if they win it yet again.

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots logo in our CPL playoffs betting guide

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

They did things rather differently to the Knight Riders, winning their first five in a row before then completely losing their form (and the plot) at the back end of the Group Stages.

Good thing that the Patriots won all those early games to finish third in the end, because they only won one of their last five.

At least they finished third and not fourth, as it means they avoid TKR in the semi.

Star performers so far

Only Roston Chase (367) has more runs than Evin Lewis this season (343), with Lewis playing a game fewer by the way, after missing their last Group Stage match.

He’s one of only two players to score a century this season in the CPL and has been striking at 158, which is unreal. Another candidate for Player of the Tournament. No reason why he shouldn’t be available for the semi-final after missing out on Sunday.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo has been good, too. Takes wickets, scores some useful lower-order runs and uses his experience to captain the side in a sensible way.

Verdict: A team who loses four of their last five is low on confidence and momentum and it’s hard to see how they’re going to regain it for the semi. Could well be edged out by Guyana in the semi.

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Saint Lucia Kings

An inconsistent season so far for Saint Lucia where they’ll be extremely grateful for having won three in a row half-way through it, as that’s the run that got them to this stage.

Like Saint Kitts, they finished poorly, losing three of their last four.

Star performers so far

Skipper Faf du Plessis tended to be very quiet with the bat, or red hot! And when he was hot, he was really hot! He was the only other player to score a century in this CPL and also scored an 84.

Missed the last match with a groin injury but given they were already through, maybe it was just a precaution. If he’s anywhere near fit, he’ll surely play on Tuesday.

What a tournament this man has had! Roston Chase is top of the run scoring charts with 367 runs and this despite batting at number four.

It’s almost unheard of for a T20 top batsman to be a tournament’s highest run scorer, who isn’t an opener. That included four fifties; only one player even managed three.

Also took nine wickets in 10 games at an economy rate of under 7, which is impressive in its own right.

Verdict: A fourth-place finish means they drew the short straw of having to play the Knight Riders in the semi. Likely to crash out at that stage.

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Guyana Amazon Warriors

Similar to TKR, the Amazon Warriors ended the season on fire, winning four of their last five. That suggests they found the winning combination in terms of players and tactics when it most mattered. And that could be very important indeed.

Star Performers so far

Oden Smith has been extremely good with the ball, taking 16 wickets in 10 games at an economy rate of just over 7.

But that’s not as impressive as what Romario Shepherd has done. He took 18 wickets in just eight games (a lot of bowlers played 10 games) to go top of the Top Bowler charts and his economy rate of 7.46 was pretty decent as well.

For good measure, he also scored a quite brilliant 72 not out off just 31 balls to win them the game against Jamaica on Sunday. If they hadn’t won that game, they would have had to play TKR in the semi.

Verdict: Their form is excellent and they’re up against a team who comes into the semi out of sorts.

They seem to always make the final so I think they’ll get to the last hurdle. The bad news is that they always seem to fall the last hurdle and that may well happen again, especially if it’s TKR they play in it.