About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs have won two matches consecutively recently and have catapulted to the second position with 8 points in their kitty; they will go up against hosts St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who stand 3rd with 7 points, on 21st August at St. Kitts. The Patriots won the match against Barbados Tridents by 17 runs through D/L method but their recent match against St. Lucia Stars was washed away by rain. They will be determined to end this contest on a favourable note with a much-needed victory, and we could see some fireworks across the park on Monday. The Tallawahs on the other hand, will be motivated to keep the winning momentum going and will leave no stone unturned to emerge victorious.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Spinners Samuel Badree and Tabraiz Shamsi took 2 wickets between them while speedsters Hasan Ali and Carlos Brathwaite dismissed one opponent each to restrict the Tridents to 168 runs in the previous match. The batsmen started the chase on a positive note with captain Chris Gayle posting a well-made 38; however, with the D/L method in place, the target was reduced to 67 in 9.3 overs and with help from Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, they won the match by 17 runs.
Against Knight Riders however, they could muster only 158 runs batting first after players like Shamarh Brooks and Jonathan Carter contributed with 30+ runs each. Chris Gayle, Brandon King, Hafeez and others down the line couldn’t impress much and the bowlers had a tough task of defending 158. Although spinners Mohammad Nabi and Samuel Badree took 2 wickets apiece, and Carlos Brathwaite provided the big wicket of Sunil Narine, they couldn’t win the match in the end.
Overall, they have done well displaying their batting strength and depth in bowling attack; with the home advantage on their side, the Patriots could once again cause an upset here on Monday.
The Tallawahs defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in the last match thanks to a superb bowling performance by speedster Kesrick Williams, who took 3-30, and spinner Imad Wasim’s economical spell. Spinner Garey Mathurin also provided one breakthrough and they defended a low total of 128 runs with ease. Earlier, openers Lendl Simmons and Glenn Phillips, who posted a well-made half-century, posted a 30-run opening stand while al-rounder Jonathan Foo contributed with 20 runs to take the total to a respectable 128.
Against St. Lucia Stars, the batsmen chased down 174 runs without a sweat thanks to Andre McCarthy’s 61 off 37 and useful contributions from Glenn Phillips, Lendl Simmons, Jonathan Foo and Imad Wasim. Fast-bowler Mohammad Sami had earlier taken 3-27 while Kesrick Williams and Rovman Powell took 2 wickets each to contain the opponents to 173 runs; along with others like Odean Smith and Krishmar Santokie, the Tallawahs surely have a good mix of spin and pace.
They have done well in all departments of the game, and will use the players carefully to strategize against Patriots on Monday; if the batting line-up can keep the scoreboard ticking, whether batting first or during chase, then the Tallawahs could emerge victorious and come right on top of the table.
The Tallawahs are a formidable force to reckon with, with players like McCarthy, Simmons, Phillips and Kumar Sangakkara; however, we feel that St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who are desperate for a win now, will leverage the home advantage to come out on a winning note here.