About the Match
After losing to Riders in their opening game, Barbados Tridents made a comeback with a win against Patriots in the last match; they now have 2 points and are placed third on the table and will take on 2nd place holders Jamaican Tallawahs on 11th July at Bridgetown. The Tallawahs won two games but lost their recent match against Warriors by 7 wickets after being bowled out for a meagre 100 runs. On the other hand, Tridents successfully chased down 163 runs against Patriots and have their recipe ready to try and repeat the same winning performance here on home turf on Monday.
It was a shocking performance by the Tallawahs batsmen as they were outsmarted by Warriors while batting first, getting all-out for just 100 on board. Stalwarts like Chris Gayle and Sangakkara were dismissed cheaply within the first 5 overs; they will definitely fight hard here to redeem themselves with the bat and try to post a challenging total here.
In the match against Riders, Gayle had posted a brilliant 108 off just 54 deliveries to help chase down 192 and win the match by 7 wickets. He and Sangakkara will do their best to steady the innings here with some solid partnerships. Andre Russell, Powell and Shakib Al-Hasan can also try strengthen the middle order while bowlers like Dale Steyn and Imad Wasim, who have been consistently taking wickets look strong to come out with all their firepower.
Spinner Imad Wasim was stupendous with a figure of 2-6 against Warriors while Shakib showcased his all-rounder skills with a wicket and 25 runs in the first inning; however, the total of 100 runs was too less to defend by Steyn and others. The batsmen and bowlers will need to combine well and we expect Gayle and Sangakkara to let their bats do the talking yet again on Monday.
Ab de Villiers came back to form with a superb knock of 63 off 33, smashing 3 sixes and 5 boundaries to steer his team to victory against Patriots while chasing 163. The South African had been struggling off late to get the big runs but this win has surely the boosted the morale of the team; along with other experienced batsmen like Shoaib Malik, who scored 54 off 46, Pollard who posted a quick fire 25 and all-rounders Parnell and Wiese, Tridents definitely can pack a punch here against Tallawahs.
Fast-bowlers Wayne Parnell, David Wiese and Ravi Rampaul are in good form and they have been consistently taking wickets to stifle the opposition; while Parnell and Wiese took 2 wickets each against Patriots, Rampaul and spinner Hosein had done the same against Riders in the previous game.
They have a good mix of pace and spin with part-time bowlers like Malik, who can pull off surprises with their slow variations. Ashley Nurse and Imran Khan add depth to the attack and will be vital here to stop hard-hitters like Gayle and Sangakkara.
Tridents have recently won a match and they will be eager to keep the winning momentum going; they have the home advantage here but we feel that Tallawahs with a well-rounded batting and bowling squad is better placed to emerge victorious here.