About the Match
The super-charged Tallawahs will host the desperate St Kitts Patriots at Sabina Park in the 17th match of CPL 2016. With elimination looming large over Patriots, Faf du Plessis needs to come up with answers against the ruthless Chris Gayle XI, else the Caribbean party will soon be over for the Patriots.
Chris Gayle's Tallawahs have continued their decent form in the 2016 season of the Caribbean Premier League, triumphing over table-topper, Guyana Amazon Warriors, by five wickets last time out on 15 July.
The win has put them in to second spot on the table with seven points from five matches.
Set 129 to win, Jamaica had Shakib Al Hasan and captain, Chris Gayle, to thank for the victory, with the pair putting together an unbeaten 87-run stand to drive them safely home.
Gayle who did not open the batting only for a third time in his T20 career, came to the pitch with Tallawahs tottering at 45/4. His experienced 45* off 29 deliveries paired with Shakib's 54* off 47 balls helped the Jamaican-outfit chase out the target with relative ease.
Earlier in the day, the Jamaican bowlers finally fired, restricting the Amazon Warriors to only 128 off their 20 overs. Dale Steyn in particular, bowled with pace and venom to pick up two wickets, the team management would be hoping that he continues this form as the tournament moves into the business end.
Gayle's back sprain is a worry for Tallawahs as his absence would be a big blow. There is currently no news on the openers injury status with chances of him turning up for the match being 50-50 at the moment.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the contrary, have had a fragile tournament so far, winning merely a single game while losing on five out of six occasions. Their poor run has seen them pushed down to second to last on the points table, positioned fifth at the moment.
Both their batsmen and bowlers have been unable to adapt to conditions, with the top names in the squad coming up short likewise. Skipper, du Plessis, has performed in fits and starts without going on to make a considerable contribution with his bat while the big match contenders in Lendl Simmons and Brad Hodge have scuffled for form on the West Indian surfaces.
A lot was expected from spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and Samuel Badree, especially taking into account that the surfaces favor spin; they, though, have not failed miserably in finding the right lengths to bowl.
The Saint Kitts outfits will need to win all their games from here if they are to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Jamaica Tallawahs are super favorites and at far better odds to run away with the show against St Kitts and Nevis. Their superior batting display and strengthened bowling unit, especially since the come back of Andre Russel into the bowling unit, is too much firepower for the Patriots