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|Rassie van der Dussen||20||22||3||0||90.91|
|Colin de Grandhomme||2.0||0||21||0||10.50|
The Caribbean Premier League has reached its final stages and the eliminator is about to be played out. The Jamaica Tallawahs will be taking on the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in what promises to be an exciting contest. Both the teams have plenty of match-winners in their side that could effectively end the contest on their day. Playing in a knockout match, though, has its own pressures and it is often the biggest players that stand up and be counted.
The Tallawahs missed out finishing in the top-2 narrowly, while the Patriots found themselves a step behind the top teams the entire tournament. Which one of the two will be able to move on to the next step?
The Jamaica Tallwahs had a very interesting path to reach the eliminator. They won six out of their seven matches in the Caribbean and lost all three that they played in Lauderhill. Thankfully for the Tallawahs, they will not be leaving the Caribbean again this season.
There are several players that have performed admirably for the Jamaica Tallawahs. Glen Phillips has scored 354 runs to be the top scorer for the side, Rovman Powell has three fifties in the tournament and is showcasing his all-round skills, Andre Russell has been his brilliant self and is capable of changing the game with wither discipline, and there have been several other excellent performances as well.
Oshane Thomas is the highest wicket-taker for the side, Ross Taylor has been in good form, and there is no counting out someone like David Miller. All in all, the Jamaica Tallawahs are blessed with a supremely strong side.
They are coming into this eliminator with three wins from their last four matches. Crucially, the loss came against the St. Nevis and Kitts Patriots in a rain-affected game.
The Tallawahs know that the Patriots do not have the strongest bowling lineup and that their batsmen could win them this game quite easily. Of course, it is not just about batting for the Tallawahs, either.
They have Oshane Thomas, Samuel Badree, Adam Zampa, Kemar Roach, Ish Sodhi, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, and Colin de Grandhomme in their side as bowling options. Their all-rounders give them a depth in both batting and bowling that is simply unmatched.
Spin is expected to play a major role in the closing stages of the tournament and the Tallawahs have three very good exponents of that craft as well. The Jamaica Tallawahs would have learned from their last defeat against the Patriots where they scored over 200 runs but could not keep the Patriots batsmen on a leash in a rain-affected game.
Expect the Jamaica Tallawahs to come in with better plans to counter the Patriots big hitters. The Jamaica Tallawahs are going to be firm favorites for this match and we think it will take something really special from the Patriots to stop them from moving on in this tournament.
GD Phillips, J Charles, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, David Miller, Andre Russell, Colin de Grandhomme, IS Sodhi, Steven Jacobs, Samuel Badree, Oshane Thomas.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have been a cut below the top-3 teams in this tournament and they would be glad to make it to the eliminator at all. The fact is that the terrible season that the teams below them had helped them to qualify.
Now that they are here, though, no one of going to take them lightly.
The likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, and van der Dussen make up a deadly dangerous top order. Gayle, easily the best batsman in the history of T20 cricket, has been in good form but has yet to play his trademark big inning of the tournament. Evin Lews has been in horrifically bad touch but counting him out is very dangerous as well.
Both Lewis and Gayle are capable of hitting sixes at will and their opening partnership could be unstoppable if they manage to survive the initial few overs.
Of course, the loss of Mahmudullah from the side is going to be massive for the Patriots. The Bangladeshi international has returned for international duty and will play no further role in the tournament.
In his absence, players like Ben Cutting, Devicich, and Fabien Allen have to step up.
Allen played a match-winning inning in the last match to save the Patriots the blushes against a hopeless Tridents side. The Jamaica Tallawahs may not be so charitable, though.
For the Patriots to have a shot in the tournament, their own bowlers have to raise their games. Tabraiz Shamsi has made an immediate impact after joining the side and how he goes against the Tallawahs big hitters will be crucial.
Alzarri Joseph, Ben Cutting, and Fabien Allen will all have to hope that their plans are good enough to counter one of the strongest batting sides of the tournament. The Patriots come into this match knowing that the only way to win is to be aggressive and that can be unshackling. Hopefully, Gayle and company are bringing their A-game to the party.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, RVD Dussen, Anton Devcich, Brandon King, DC Thomas, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, F Allen, Hayden Walsh, Tabraiz Shamsi.
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Providence Stadium, Guyana has provided some balanced pitches in the tournament so far and hopefully the same will be seen during the eliminator. The weather forecast for the match day is not too good with some rain expected. Hopefully, the weather will clear up by the time the match gets under way and let us see an uninterrupted contest.
The batsmen should get plenty of runs on the surface with spinners coming into play once the shine wears off the new ball.
The Jamaica Tallawahs have won three out of the last five matches against the Patriots. They have the better side than the Patriots in almost all respects and are in excellent form coming into this match.
Back the Jamaica Tallawahs to win.
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