About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs get another shot to reach the finals of CPL 2016 as they play out Trinbago Knight Riders in the second Qualifier of the playoffs.
After a thumping loss at the hands of Guyana Amazon Warriors in Qualifier 1, Jamaica Tallawahs have now lost three matches in a row with some incompetent display of cricketing skills.
Particularly, on this ground, Jamaica has lost two out of two games in this season. Yes, it is a tough track to get quick runs on, but their bowling hasn't been sharp enough either; neither on this pitch nor in the last three games.
Dale Steyn's departure has been alarming for the Tallawahs who are finding it reasonably hard to halt the leakage of runs being scored against them or to get wickets at regular intervals since Steyn's departure. Just how long before Tallawahs get their heads right and fight back?
In Qualifier 1 against Guyana Amazon Warriors, Tallawahs struggled for runs and ended up with a total of 146 on the scoreboard with Chris Gayle as top -scorer. Surprisingly enough, the six-master, Gayle, had a strike rate of 91 as he scored 33 off 36 deliveries.
Nonetheless, Jamaican bowlers did relatively well as Guyana was forced to chase the total down with only two more balls to go.
Kesrick Williams was the pick of the bowlers as he sent four Warriors' batsmen, including the first three, back to the dugout. Imad Wasim and Andre Russell bowled decent spells as well but were unlucky not to get too many wickets.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Caribbean Premier League's season 2016 has been a roller-coaster ride for Trinbago side which hasn't played at the peak of its potential. Even when they have scored 190+ in an innings, it has been chased down by oppositions.
However, the Knight Riders have proved their mettle both in chasing and defending. They are a decent side who are yet to show off the best they can do, and this can be just the time when they come out with a dominant performance.
Two of the Trinbago batsmen, Hashim Amla and Colin Munro, are the third and fourth highest run-getters, so far, in the tournament. On the other hand, DJ Bravo is the joint highest wicket-taker in the season along with Sohail Tanvir.
Nonetheless, Trinbago is a pretty balanced side with a decent bowling unit and a star-studded and in-form batting lineup. Despite playing for the first time at Warner Park, Trinbago players did not take much long to adjust to the conditions which are tough for batsmen and bowlers alike.
Judging from the recent performances, it seems highly unlikely for Jamaica to beat Trinbago who have bloomed in the tournament this late.
Also, Trinbago seems well suited to the pitch at Warner Park. In the lights of all these facts, we think that Trinbago is at better odds to win this fixture