About the Match
Trinbago Knight Riders
The Knight Riders have started off the tournament at a disappointing note, so far winning only a single game out of the the three played, which has put them fourth on the points table with only a couple of points to cheer for.
They go into this fixture on the back of a six-wicket loss to Guyana Amazon Warriors on 2 July. Colin Munro scored the first century of CPL season 2016, which came off in just 65 deliveries, but that was not enough as the rest of the batting order tumbled and could not provide any extra leverage to Munro's ton.
The Knight Riders' major flaw is with the bowl since the bowlers, with the exception of Sunil Narine, have not been able to balance out the good batting displays. To some extent, skipper DJ Bravo has been effective but still not at his best. The Trinbago outfit will need their big guns to fire as they must start winning games to qualify for the knock-out stages.
The Jamaica Tallawahs have kick started the season with a dominant performance and will look forward to build on this win as they progress further in the tournament. Tallawahs triumphed in their opening match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots; Kesrick Williams was the top performer of the Jamaican franchise, grabbing three wickets to take home the player of the match award.
The team's morale must have been uplifted with the performances of their key players; Chris Gayle and Andre Russel. Gayle scored a fifty while both batsmen hit three sixes each.
The Tallawahs have played only one game so far and are currently third on the points table with two points and a win here will take them to the joint top spot with Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The major talking point after the game was that Andre Russel did not bowl. We will have to wait and see whether it was a tactical decision or the Jamaican all-rounder has any injury concerns. With the way he batted and hit the bowlers across the park, so far, nothing seems to be out of ordinary.
Both teams have some serious power-hitters and match winners who can change the complexion of the game at any moment during the onslaught. However, Trinbago bowlers haven't been up to the mark collectively whereas the Jamaican bowling inventory won them their opening fixture of the tournament; add to it the sheer masterclass of two of the world's best all-rounders of the T20 format in Andre Russel and Shakib Al Hassan, with Imad Wasim providing the supplemental role.