About the Match
Reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs will begin the tournament with the opening match against Barbados Tridents, who were the winners in 2014, on 5th August at Florida. Tridents finished 5th last year and will be eager to put up a better performance this time; Tallawahs, on the other hand, have some new players and will be motivated to one again reign the turf throughout the league. This popular tournament will see plenty of action over the weekend, and both teams would like to grab points and open their tally with a win.
Kieron Pollard leads the side that has batsmen like Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith, Kane Williamson, Nicholas Pooran and all-rounder Chris Barnwell. Pollard and Williamson have done well with the bat in recent times and could do well here too. The top-order batting looks very strong and if they can keep the wickets safe during the innings, the team could set a good target or chase comfortably.
The bowling department has fast-bowlers Wayne Parnell, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, the experienced Wahab Riaz and young all-rounder Shamar Springer. The spin attack would have bowlers like Akeal Hosein, Damion Jacobs, ICC Americas Rookie Akeem Dodson, Imran Khan and Shoaib Malik. They have a good variety in the bowling options, and the captain could also pitch in with his pace skills.
The Tridents have a good number of local resources as well as overseas talent; if they can strategize well against Tallawahs and get quick breakthroughs with the wickets, then surely Tridents can reign supreme on Saturday.
The batting line-up has some big names like Kumar Sangakkara, Lendl Simmons, and all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, who can up their ante when needed to help the team get the upper hand. Others down in the squad are Jonathan Foo, the top-order batsman who can also spin a googly, all-rounder Imad Wasim, who can stabilize the middle-order, Andre McCarthy, Gildron Pope and Rovman Powell.
In the bowling squad, speedsters like Krishmar Santokie, Oshane Thomas, Kesrick Williams, Pakistani bowler Mohammad Sami and ICC Americas Rookie Timroy Allen can demolish the opposition. The spin department has experts like Imad Wasim, who has a good T20 record, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Garey Mathurin and all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, who could pull out a bag of tricks when required.
Pressure will be high for greats like Sangakkara, and after playing county cricket in England recently, he surely is in good form to rock the opponent’s boat here. They have plenty of all-rounders like Hasan, Wasim, Andre McCarthy, Mathurin, and Powell, who can give the team the required edge.
It will be an entertaining match as the Tallawahs and Tridents lock horns in their first game of the CPL 2017 on Saturday; the contest could go either way as both sides have experienced players as well as some exciting youngsters. While Barbados have a versatile pace attack, we feel that Jamaica Tallawahs with a strong batting lineup is better placed to emerge victoriously.