About the Match
Suffering their second consecutive defeat in this year’s CPL, the Antigua Hawksbills have been pushed down to the bottom of the table and will now face the Barbados Tridents, who suffered defeat in their first match, on 19th July at North Sound. While the Tridents lost their opening match to Red Steel by 7 wickets, Hawksbills lost to Amazon by 2 wickets failing to defend 136 and to Tallawahs by 8 wickets, after posting a miserable 96 batting first. Both sides are languishing in the bottom but the Tridents, having played one match less, would like to course correct before matters turn to worse; on the other hand Hawksbills will be eager to turn their fortunes around a better team strategy.
It was a total collapse of the batting line-up against the Tallawahs bowling unit; players like Dunk, Hyatt, Thomas and Samuels succumbed to pressure right from the start of the innings, outsmarted by Vettori’s spin and Taylor’s pace-attack. The middle order had no answers as David Hussey, who is known for his hard-hitting skills, fell at 15 and it was 4-40 at the end of 8 overs. Even the heroics of the tail-enders couldn’t save them the embarrassment as they put up a measly 96 runs total. The target was a joke for the opponents, and Gayle and Walton finished off easily. Brathwaite was successful with 2 wickets but erroneous bowling by Miguel Cummins, who gave away 22 runs in one over, and the fact that nobody could contain the run-flow, buried the team deep in trouble. In the earlier match too, the batsmen failed to post a good target though the top order had shown some fight, and with only 136 runs on board, the Warriors accomplished a win although Cottrell and Laughlin had taken regular wickets. The batsmen need to focus and come up with better performances so as to not let their bowlers down.
Put into bat first by Red Steel in their first match on 12th July, the batsmen started off well posting 40 runs for the first wicket at the end of 6 overs; Shane Dowrich scored 37 runs while Smith could only manage 13 runs. Shoaib Malik, who came at No. 3, was in good nick and posted 21 off 23 balls giving good support to Dowrich; but after his dismissal the wickets fell quickly and even the likes of Pollard and Neil McKenzie too couldn’t get the big runs on board. The target of 124 runs had to be defended but even the use of 8 bowlers was hardly enough to contain Red Steel, who achieved the target easily in 17.3 overs. Jason Holder was superb with an economy of 4.25 giving away only 17 runs from the 4 overs; Rampaul and Malik shared 3 wickets between them but the rest of the squad were in complete disarray making it a lot easier for Red Steel to win the match. The team has to improve in all departments of the game and come out all guns blazing if they want to survive.
It was a horrific defeat for Hawksbills and they would be eager to wipe out the memories from that episode in a hurry by securing a win here; however, the Tridents, who should have learnt from their defeat last week, will be motivated to start afresh and are better placed to emerge victorious.
Barbados Tridents, 1.57 @ Bet365