About the Match
The Jamaica Tallawahs are placed third on the table with 2 points, losing the contest against Tridents and winning the other against the Zouks and will go up against the Patriots, who have 2 points and placed 4th after registering a narrow win against the Tridents, on 30th June at Basseterre. The Patriots had started their first CPL edition with a loss against the Zouks but bounced back with a victory by upsetting the reigning champs who were on a winning roll right from the start of the series. It will be interesting to see which of these teams can use their resources cleverly to dominate the other and win the match on Tuesday.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Sheldon Cottrell teamed up with Sohail Tanvir to demolish the Tridents’ batting line-up with 3 wickets apiece and Afridi claimed Malik’s wicket to play a part in their annihilation; the bowlers helped snatch victory by 1 run restricting the Tridents from reaching the modest target of 143 runs. Earlier Guptill, Lewis and Orlando Peters along with Afridi and Brathwaite down the order helped them get to a respectable total after losing regular wickets batting first. This win has definitely boosted the team’s morale, especially after starting the tournament on a losing note against the Zouks by 7 wickets. The bowlers are shaping up to put up a tough challenge to the opponents whereas the batsmen need to be more consistent on getting the big runs on board; overall, the team definitely has talent and experience to overcome the tactics of the opponent and win more matches to move up on the points table.
Rusty Theron and Santokie claimed 3 wickets each in the match against the Zouks to topple the Zouks and with help from Taylor and Miller who took 3 wickets between them, they restricted the opponent to a lowly 118 runs. Chris Gayle was outstanding with an unbeaten 90 off just 36 balls which saw him smashing 9 sixes and 6 boundaries; Walton was a worthy partner helping to keep the scoreboard ticking with his run-a-ball 25. They won the match with no worries and 10 overs to spare, thereby opening their points tally; earlier, they had lost their opening game against Tridents by 16 runs after a dismal show by the batsmen who couldn’t reach the target of 161 runs. Chris Lynn and Walton had tried to build the innings but the others failed to impress with the bat; the bowlers had taken regular wickets but too many easy runs were given away. With Gayle back to his form, established batsmen like Jayawardene, Lynn, Horace Miller and Russell in the line-up and result-oriented bowlers who can turn the match in their favour, the team surely is one to watch out for this season.
Although both teams have won their last matches and received a confidence boost going into Tuesday’s game, we feel that the Tallawahs have a better batting line-up which could give them the advantage over the Patriots to win the upcoming match