About the Match
Tallawahs stand 2nd in the points table with 8 points from 6 matches, after defeating Red Steel by 50 runs on Thursday; they will now go up against Tridents, who are maintaining the top spot with 8 points from 7 matches, on 11th July at Kingston. With two consecutive wins, Tallawahs are high on confidence; they will be eager to defeat the table toppers, who had defeated them when they met earlier in the tournament. On the other hand, Tridents have been going through a rough ride, suffering two losses in the recent matches; they will be looking forward to bounce back with a much-needed win here on Saturday.
Batting first first against Red Steel, the Tallawahs started out well by building a strong 70-run opening partnership; Chris Gayle posted a brilliant 105 off 57 balls that consisted of nine thundering sixes. With 180 runs to defend, the bowlers led by Santokie’s 3-27 put up some disciplined spells and restricted the opposition from winning the match. Vettori and Jerome Taylor picked up 2 wickets each; Theron and Russell claimed a wicket each to help the team win the match.
In the previous match against Zouks, Santokie, Russell and Taylor picked up quick wickets to restrict the opponents to 158 runs; the batsmen put up a strong performance to chase the target successfully with 4 overs to spare. Gayle and Walton are in good form and make a strong opening pair; the middle order needs to step up and come out with the big runs.
Overall, they have done well to climb up the ladder with two consecutive wins; with determined batsmen and sharp bowlers, this team surely packs a punch no matter who the opponent is.
They lost the last match against Patriots by 8 wickets after failing to defend 135 runs set up by the batsmen; the bowlers failed to impress and except Smith who took a wicket, all others couldn’t deliver up to expectation. While batting first, only Pollard put up a fight, scoring 49 runs; Smith and Munaweera started well by posting a 47-run opening stand but the others down the line put up a dismal show.
Against Zouks too, although Mendis took 3 wickets and Rampaul and Emrit contributed with 1 wicket each, they couldn’t contain the run-flow of the opposition and gave away too many runs; with a target of 202 to hunt down, the batting line-up failed to keep the scoreboard ticking and reached only 172 to lose the match.
They started the tournament on a positive note, winning consistently against strong teams but their performance has been under a cloud in recent outings; while the batsmen need to come out all guns blazing in scoring the big runs, the bowlers too need to be more disciplined with their line and length. They definitely have the experience and talent to bounce back and maintain the top spot.
Although both teams have strong batsmen and bowlers who can win matches for them, the Tallawahs will have the momentum with them, thanks to the two straight wins and with Gayle and co. at his best, we believe that they will overcome the Tridents to move ahead to the top of the table with a win here on Saturday