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The Jamaica Tallawahs get ready to play their first match at home and should be in good spirits after Andre Russell’s heroics in the first match. They will be hosting the St. Lucia Stars who have now gone 13 matches without a win in this competition. Is it really possible for a T20 team with some excellent names on its roster to go two whole seasons without a victory? It’s a little early to talk to about it now but the pressure will start building on the Stars if they don’t get the monkey off their back.
The Jamaica Tallawahs would be very happy at having won their opening match but they would not want a repeat of that performance. As a team, they relied completely on Andre Russell to bail them out with the ball and later with the bat.
The bowling for the Tallawahs gave up more than 200 runs and then the top-order collapsed in the face of a daunting chase. There is no way that Andre Russell can be expected to come up with miracles to save his side in every game.
Imad Wasim and Adam Zampa bowled good lines and were two of the bowlers to escape punishment in the last game. Both the spinners are tried and tested T20 players and their form bodes well for the Jamaica Tallawahs going forward.
Andre Russell pulled things back a hat-trick but his own bowling looked much below the level he is capable of in terms of pace. Ideally, Russell would not want to spend too much time bowling until he is back to 100% fitness.
Kemar Roach and Krishmar Santokie were very poor in the first match. Roach, especially, is a much better bowler than what he displayed and the Tallawahs would want him back at his best as soon as possible.
We hope that the Jamaica Tallawahs stick with the same batting lineup in this game. Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, and Rovman Powell have plenty to contribute in the batting. One bad performance should not take anything away from their potential. Also, Lewis, Russell, and Imad Wasim in the middle order are more than capable of providing support to the top order.
Expect this Jamaica Tallawahs side to go hard at the Stars and show no mercy.
GD Phillips, J Charles, Andre McCarthy, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, K Lewis, Andre Russell, SI Wasim, Adam Zampa, Krishmar Santokie, Oshane Thomas.
The St. Lucia Stars were bowled out for 95 in their first match and then failed to chase down 141 after being 113 for 2 in the seventeenth over. You will hear about the ‘Zouks’ curse being talked about again which what the team was called earlier and has failed to win a match since changing the name. There will be talk of not winning any matches this season as well.
Let us say clearly that we don’t think that is likely to happen.
Yes, the St. Lucia Stars is not the strongest side in this competition but it has proven match winners like David Warner, Lendl Simmons, and Mitchell McClenaghan in its side and is bound to spring a surprise soon.
David Warner has been in poor touch but his dismissal in the last game came to an absolute shocker. He is simply too good a player, and too much of a competitor, to keep on putting in listless displays. We hope he will bat with freedom and take the game to the bowlers, which is when he is at his best.
Simmons showed very good form by smashing five sixes in his inning of 45. He is a highly underrated player that would love to use the Caribbean Premier League to re-establish his name in cricketing circles around the world.
The problem for the Stars has been its batting. Andre Fletcher, Mark Chapman, and the rest have been unable to give the side the runs they need to compete in this competition. They need a couple of batsmen to hit form soon and deliver on the talent they have in abundance.
The bowling for the side is not too bad but is a tad unpredictable. Qais Ahmad is a very useful spinner, McClenaghan can be expected to take wickets in most matches, and Hodge appears to be quite dependable as well.
Mohamad Sami and Kesrick Williams, though, need to be much better than what they were in the opening two games. They are the current weak spots in the bowling lineup and will be targeted by the Tallawahs.
ADS Fletcher , David Warner, LMP Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Mark Chapman, DJG Sammy, Kavem Hodge, Qais Kamawal, MJ Mcclenaghan, KOK Williams, Obed McCoy.
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Some rain and a few scattered thunderstorms have been predicted for match day. The weather on the Caribbean islands can change very quickly and it is not uncommon to see bright sunshine appear and disappear with the hour. Hopefully, the rain gods will relent and allow the full game to be played out.
The pitch in Sabina Park is expected to be bouncy and good for batting. The bowlers will enjoy the carry in the pitch as well. A score of around 170 should be seen as par.
The Jamaica Tallawahs have won three out of the last five contests against the St. Lucia Stars. They come into this match with a victory but a lot of questions to answer. The Stars have history and current form against them but have the players to pull off an upset. We think that home advantage and the Andre Russell factor should swing things the way of the Tallawahs.
Back the Jamaica Tallawahs to win.
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