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The Jamaica Tallawahs are unbeaten in the tournament up until now. They have dominated the first three games they have played thanks to some truly amazing individual performances and a team that has gained in confidence with each outing. It would have faced the Guyana Amazon Warriors just a few hours before this match against the Trinbago Knight Riders.
The last time these two teams met, the Trinbago Knight Riders seemed to have the game in the bag before Andre Russell engineered one of the greatest comebacks in T20 cricket. The Knight Riders now have the opportunity to return the favor in Lauderhill, Florida.
A confident victory against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the last game showed how much the Jamaica Tallawahs had improved since their first game. Runs from almost all their big guns have meant that the team does not have to depend on Andre Russell too much.
We fully expect the Jamaica Tallawahs to come out swinging in this match as well. They know that they are going up against one of the strongest batting sides in the tournament and that a par total may not be enough.
Kennar Lewis and Glenn Phillips at the top of the order form a very dangerous opening pair. Lewis has been sent with a clear mandate of swinging at every delivery while Phillips can take a little more time.
Andre McCarthy at 3 is also a very aggressive batsman while Taylor, Russell, and Powell form a breathtaking lower middle order. There is power from the very top till the last batsman in the side. Everyone is capable of clearing the sixes and this is why we believe that Ross Taylor’s role is going to be crucial.
He could be the one batsman that keeps his head while the others around him are going ballistic. We are backing Rovman Powell to have a very big night in this tournament and he could choose Lauderhill to be the venue for such an inning.
The Jamaica Tallawahs have a very good bowling unit as well thanks to the emergence of Oshane Thomas. A genuinely quick bowler that is not afraid to go for wickets has added a lot to the bowling side. Alongside proven quality spinners like Adam Zampa and Imad Wasim, he could prove to a handful for the opposition.
Krishmar Santokie and Andre Russell are also very capable of winning matches with their bowling too.
K Lewis, GD Phillips, Ross Taylor, David Miller, SR Taylor, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, SI Wasim, Krishmar Santokie, Adam Zampa, Oshane Thomas.
The pre-tournament favorites have received a bit of a wakeup call after losing two matches on the trot. They won their last game against the St. Lucia Stars by the skin of their teeth and come into this match with a lot on their minds.
Trinbago Knight Riders have struggled to get their bowlers firing at the same time. Ali Khan has done very well in terms of picking wickets but he also went for nearly fifty runs in the last match. Sunil Narine has had a quiet start to the tournament and Dwayne Bravo an absolutely horrible one.
The tactics being employed by Dwayne Bravo have also been a little strange. Scantlebury-Searles bowled his full quota of overs in the last game while Fawad Ahmed and Shannon Gabriel (both of whom who were having a better night) did not.
It took an unbelievable pair of innings from Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum for the Kight Riders to chase down the total set by the Stars in the last match, and that is something they do not want to be banking on anytime soon again.
Thankfully, the batting is absolutely loaded with run scorers for the Trinbago Knight Riders. Chris Lynn has not gotten into the six-hitting fest up until now and it is only a matter of time before he does. Colin Munro is in excellent form, Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo played the innings of their lives, and Denesh Ramdin has been very impressive in the chances he has got as well.
We think it would be much better for the Knight Riders to promote Denesh Ramdin up the order, maybe even open the batting in place of Sunil Narine.
The short boundaries at the Turf Ground in Lauderhill is going to ensure plenty of big hits and both sides will need every single run that they can get.
SP Narine, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, J Searles, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Khary Pierre.
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The weather forecast in Lauderhill is pretty bad for match day. Scattered thunderstorms and showers throughout the day have been predicted. It would be a real shame for cricket fans in the US if these two top teams are prevented from showcasing their skills without the weather being a factor.
The pitch is expected to be flat, a little slow, but good for batting. A score of around 180 should be considered par.
The Jamaica Tallawahs have plenty of momentum going their way at the moment. They are going to be a tough side to beat, irrespective of the result that their match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors produces.
Back the Jamaica Tallawahs to win.