About the Match
Having registered their fifth win in a row, Knight Riders continue to lead the table with 14 points; they will take on hosts Jamaica Tallawahs, who are placed 3rd with 8 points, on 26th August at Jamaica. The last time these two teams met, the Tallawahs had won the match by 4 wickets; they will be eager to repeat the winning performance at home this time. Tallawahs recently lost the match against Patriots by 37 runs and want to make a comeback here; it needs to be seen if they can stop the Riders’ juggernaut, being the only team to have defeated them so far, and climb up the ladder.
Chasing 209 runs against Patriots proved to be too difficult as experienced players like Kumar Sangakkara and Lendl Simmons failed to fire with the bat. Openers Trevon Griffith and Glenn Phillips set a solid foundation while others down the line kept the scoreboard ticking; however, they fell short of the target by 37 runs. Earlier, the bowlers were expensive with pacers like Andre McCarthy, Mohammad Sami and Rovman Powell leaking away too many runs; although Santokie, Odean Smith and Kesrick Williams provided regular breakthroughs, they couldn’t stop the Patriots from setting a huge total.
Against Amazon Warriors, they successfully defend a low total of 128 runs thanks to a superb show by speedster Kesrick Williams, who took 3-30, and a good performance by spinners Garey Mathurin and Imad Wasim. Glenn Phillips is in good form, and he posted a well-made half-century in that match; along with others like Griffith, McCarthy, Simmons, and Sangakkara, Tallawahs can surely pose a challenge here.
Odean Smith, Krishmar Santokie and Kesrick Williams had been very successful against the Riders, and they can strategize well here too. Sangakkara had scored a well-made 47 while Simmons had partnered well to score a quick fire 38 off just 18 balls. They have a deep batting line-up and in-form bowlers, who will leave no stone unturned to win the match on Saturday.
Trinbago Knight Riders
With the chase against Patriots reducing to 88 run target from 5.2 overs, they achieved it without a sweat and won their 5th consecutive match. Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo are in good nick with the bat and they scored 40 off 14 and 38 off 10 to register a thumping win by 8 wickets. Earlier, the bowlers had put up a dismal show, giving away too many easy runs; although Ronsford Beaton and Sunil Narine took a wicket each, they couldn’t stop the opponents from scoring 162 runs.
Against Amazon Warriors, Brendon McCullum won the player of the match award for his well-made 65 off 45 that helped them chase down 130 runs with 4 overs to spare. Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin add depth to the batting strength and players like Colin Munro and all-rounder Sunil Narine give them various options in the top and middle-order.
The spin contingent has Sunil Narine, Nikita Miller, and Khary Pierre, who have been regularly causing dismissals and helping the contain the opponents. They have plenty of match-winners, who give them the upper hand to try and avenge the previous defeat they suffered at the hands of Tallawahs.
Jamaica Tallawahs not only have the psychological advantage of having won previously against Knight Riders but also the home advantage; however, we feel that the visitors who have been on a winning roll are better placed to win this time around.