About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs defeated Barbados Tridents by 12 runs in their last match and are placed in the 3rd position with 2 points; they will go up against Trinbago Knight Riders, who also have 2 points and are placed in the second position, on 9th August at Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Knight Riders defeated St. Lucia Stars by 9 wickets in their opening game and displayed a strong batting form, which could help them dominate here again. The Tallawahs showcased an all-round performance and have the resources to continue with their winning momentum on Wednesday. It needs to be seen which side can overcome the challenges on the field and emerge victoriously.
Trinbago Knight Riders
Chasing 133 runs against St. Lucia Stars, Brendon McCullum, and Colin Munro lit up some fireworks and achieved the target in less than 11 overs. While McCullum posted an unbeaten 58, Munro scored 66 off 39 to steer the team towards victory. The batting line-up has others like the Bravo brothers, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper, who can stabilize the middle order.
Earlier, the spinners Shadab Khan and speedster Dwayne Bravo dismissed 2 opponents each while others like Beaton, Pierre, and Cooper took a wicket each to restrict the Stars to 132 runs. They have done well with both bat and ball, and with help of all-rounders like Narine and Bravo, they could look at setting a big total or chasing one with ease.
The Knight Riders have a deep batting unit with strong overseas talent as well as local stars; if they can strategize well against the Tallawahs and contain their run-flow, then surely the Knight Riders can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
Batting first against Tridents, the Tallawahs came out all guns blazing in the top-order with players like Lendl Simmons posting 30 runs and Andre McCarthy scoring 60 off 44. Shakib Al Hasan, who had put up a disappointing show in the opening game, made a comeback with a well-made 44 off 32.
They registered 154 runs, which the bowlers then went on to defend successfully thanks to speedster Mohammad Sami’s brilliant 4-12. Spinners Imad Wasim and all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan also took a wicket each while others like Krishmar Santokie and Kesrick Williams dismissed one opponent each to win the match by 12 runs.
The Tallawahs have a superb bowling attack which is in good form presently; with spinners like Imad Wasim and Pacers like Sami, the Jamaicans can pull out some tricks from the bag to stun the Riders here.
While the Tallawahs have an experienced bowling attack, the Knight Riders have in-form batsmen who can come out with all their firepower to boost the innings. The match could swing either way and turn out to be a live wire but we feel that the Tallawahs with plenty of all-rounders and a fierce pace attack, is better placed to win.