About the Match
It will be a clash of the titans when Jamaica Tallawahs come face to face with Barbados Tridents at Port of Spain for their semi-final match on Aug 23rd. This will be their second encounter in this tournament and we can surely expect fire-works from both sides. Once sitting at the top of the table, the Tridents slipped to 3rd place after three consecutive losses and a total of 8 points. Meanwhile, Tallawahs climbed up the ladder to 2nd place after accumulating 10 points. With mounting pressure and a hunger to reach the finals, it needs to be seen which team will perform better on the crucial day.
With two back to back wins, one against Tridents, the Tallawahs have become a strong force going into the semi-finals. The team has done exceptionally well under the leadership of Chris Gayle, who played a brilliant knock on Sunday. Hitting a magnificent 51 off 25 balls and taking two crucial wickets, earned him the Man of the Match in the match against Red Steel. The team has been displaying excellent form in bowling and fielding as well. The legendary Muralitharan, who took 3 wickets and gave away only 12-runs, turned the match around for the Tallawahs on Saturday against Tridents. Supported well by Hyatt and Philander, this bowling squad will be tough to match. To top it all, Kumar Sangakkara who is in good form, will be joining the team for the remaining matches. Gayle and his men have done very well so far and will be a tough team to beat.
After losing three matches consecutively, the Tridents are looking for redemption here. Team Captain, Keiron Pollard has once again expressed faith in his team and strongly believes that they will bounce back and come right at the top. The Tridents need to put their recent losses behind them and move ahead with a positive strategy. The key will be to build strong partnerships and rediscover their bowling potential that Emrit, Shakib, Pollard and Nurse once exhibited in many a crucial match in the start of the series. Shoaib Malik and Smith, who had once built a 63-run partnership, will have to come out strong and need to be supported down the order by Pollard himself.
Both teams are well placed in all departments of the game and have performed consistently in the group stage. The Tallawahs, who excelled in their recent encounters, have gained momentum and will be a strong force to reckon with. Meanwhile, the Tridents who fell hard from the top will ensure to pick themselves up and rise again. This will be a difficult game for both teams who have their unique strengths to win them this crucial match. Will Barbados Tridents prove themselves once again? Or will Tallawahs stride away with glory? Though it’s a well-balanced contest, I believe that Jamaica Tallawahs will overcome Barbados Tridents and reach the finals.
Jamaica Tallawahs, 1.80 @ William Hill