About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs had a mixed bag of results this weekend as they won the match against St. Lucia Stars by 6 wickets but lost the contest against Trinbago Knight Riders by 36 runs. They are now placed 3rd with 10 points and will take on second-place holder St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who have 11 points, on 30th August at Jamaica. The Patriots were on a winning spree but their juggernaut was halted by Knight Riders in the last match as the opponents took the match by 8 wickets through DLS method. Both sides met each other last week and it was the Patriots who emerged victorious by a whopping 37 runs; it needs to be seen if they can repeat the winning performance in the opponent’s backyard.
Chasing 209 against Knight Riders, the batsmen tried hard to keep the scoreboard ticking with Kumar Sangakkara posting a well-made 53 and Lendl Simmons scoring 32 off 19. However, the others down the line failed to build strong partnerships and they fell short of the target by 36 runs. Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell also contributed well, but players like Glenn Phillips and Mahmudullah couldn’t impress with the bat.
The bowlers had proved to be expensive in the first innings; despite the 2-wicket haul each by Krishmar Santokie and Rovman Powell, they couldn’t stop the opponents from posting a gigantic total of 208. In the match against St. Lucia Stars, Santokie, and spinner Garey Mathurin took 2 wickets each while others like Mohammad Sami, Powell and Kesrick Williams snatched a wicket each to restrict the opponents to 172.
Kumar Sangakkara then came out all guns blazing, scoring a superb 74 off 45 to steer the team across the finish line with help from Andre McCarthy and Glenn Phillips. The bowlers had been outwitted by the Patriots batsmen earlier, but they can try to put up a better strategy here.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Batting first against Tallawahs in the previous encounter, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis had posted a powerful 110-run opening stand to take the total to 208 runs. While Gayle scored an unbeaten 71 off 55, Lewis contributed with a well-made 69. Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi pitched in with 20+ runs each, and along with players like Brandon King and Jonathan Carter, they add depth to the batting line-up.
Spinners like Tabraiz Shamsi, Samuel Badree, and Mohammad Nabi have been consistently taking wickets and prove to be a tough unit to crack; they had helped defend 208 against Tallawahs previously and can repeat the performance again here. Brathwaite, Ben Hilfenhaus and Jonathan Carter bring their pace skills to the table and could outwit the hosts.
Against Knight Riders recently, Gayle had posted a brilliant 93 off just 47 deliveries while Lewis and Shamarh Brooks helped take the total to 162 runs in 13 overs. With rain affecting the match, Knight Riders had a reduced target to face and they won the match by 8 wickets through DLS. The Patriots have done well to reach the second position and could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
Patriots had the last laugh when they met Tallawahs earlier, and with an in-form batting contingent, they could well do so again. However, we feel that with the home advantage to their side, Jamaica Tallawahs are better placed to win the contest on Wednesday.