About the Match
A fantastic win by Tallawahs against Riders by 19 runs has lifted them to the top of the table with 11 points from 7 outings; they will now take on Tridents, who are placed third with 7 points after 6 games, on 20th July at Kingston. The Tallawahs have romped to glory with three consecutive wins thanks to an all-round performance with bat and ball; they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Wednesday. On the other hand, Tridents have had a mixed run so far, being unable to defeat Riders both times they met; they tasted success recently against Zouks and can put up a good fight here too to climb up the ladder.
A scintillating performance by Andre Russell against T&T Riders, wherein he added 44 runs off 24 deliveries to take the total to 158 and then came back to take 4-23 to help win the match by 19 runs. Youngster Rovman Powell contributed with a well-made 44 off 34 while Sangakkara pitched in with 23 runs; bowlers Dale Steyn, Imad Wasim, Shakib Al Hasan and Williams provided regular breakthroughs to demolish the opposition in a well-executed game plan. '
Chris Gayle is yet to find his form back but with the others like Russell, Shakib, Powell and Sangakkara, who scored a superb 65 from 47 balls against Patriots, blazing the grounds with their powerful sixes and fours, the Tallawahs can definitely continue squashing the opponents’ efforts.
Fast-bowler Kesrick Williams is in very good shape as seen from his 3-wicket haul against Patriots; Steyn and Russell continue to bring goodies with their pace while Shakib Al Hasan, Imad Wasim and Mathurin add a competitive edge to the team with their spin bowling skills. Overall, they have a good balance between pace and spin, and can surely outwit the Tridents batsmen on Wednesday.
Nicholas Pooran yet again showed his class as he posted a brilliant 81 from just 31 deliveries, showering 4 sixes and hitting 9 boundaries across the park against the Zouks; with good contributions by AB de Villiers and Kyle Hope in the top order, Tridents had 173 on board, which the bowlers defended successfully to win the match by 25 runs.
Pacemen Parnell and Rampaul picked up 2 scalps each while bowling with good discipline; spinners Shoaib Malik and Peterson took a wicket each and along with Akeal Hosein can provide quick breakthroughs under crunch situations. Navin Stewart and Reifer can add depth to the bowling attack; they can combine well as a unit to stifle the hard-hitting Tallawahs here.
In their previous match against Riders, they were unable to defend 172 runs due to a horrendous show by the bowlers wherein spinner Hosein remained wicket less and proved to be costly while Parnell, Rampaul and Reifer too gave away too many runs. They have bounced back with a win and can surely put up a stiff challenge to the hosts in the upcoming game.
Both teams come here at the back of impressive wins but Tallawahs with the home advantage as well as their superior performance till now, look better placed to emerge victorious