In the 18th match of the CPL, with the Jamaica Tallawahs playing host to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, both times will look to secure a win having both won their last games. Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel betting tips are placed at the end of this article.
The Tallawahs were able to masterfully avenge their embarrassing defeat to the Patriots by defeating the St. Lucia Zouks by 9 wickets with 24 balls remaining. The Red Steel, meanwhile, were able to engineer a dramatic victory against the Guyana Amazon Warriors winning by 3 wickets with 1 ball remaining.
While Tallawahs’ opener Chadwick Walton was able to begin their response to the 159-run target set by the Zouks with a well-struck 76 runs, Chris Gayle and Chris Lynn were able to capitalize on poor fielding and sloppy bowling from the Zouks scoring 64 and 8 runs respectively.
The Tallawahs bowling was less than impressive overall after a good start with Santokie taking 2 wickets in the first two overs and Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell taking 1 each. Kevin Pietersen of the Zouks led a marvellous fight back with a well-constructed innings consisting of six fours and four sixes en route to his 57-ball 83 and getting the Zouks to 158 runs.
While the bowlers struggled to make any significant impact, the Tallawah entered the fray and carefully construct their innings to get to their target. Behind the leading of their two openers, the Tallawahs were able to get to their target with only one wicket being lost. This would bode well for a team many have criticized as being heavily dependent on captain Chris Gayle.
The Red Steel, however, have also rested heavily on their captain, Dwayne Bravo. Taking 4 wickets in their last game against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, the bowling line-up was able to restrict them to 118 runs.
With all but 4 batsmen ending the game in double figures, the Red Steel team, having only played two complete games, look to be slowly settling into the CPL tournament. While South Africans Jacques Kallis and Cameron Delport look to settle into the tournament and into this squad, both are capable of contributing greatly to this team.
All-rounder, Kallis, in particular, has contributed with 4 wickets, the runs have not been as free-flowing as many would have expected. However, with over 4000 T20 runs to his credit and his highest score being an unbeaten 97, it should be expected that it is only matter of time before his invaluable experience will come into play and contribute significantly to this Red Steel team.
While both team enter this game undefeated, look to the Tallawahs to eke out a close victory over this Red Steel team. With this being only their fourth complete match, the Red Steel will continue to need time to find the right balance in their squad before making their mark in this CPL tournament.
Players to watch out for:
Chadwick Walton (Jamaica Tallawahs):
While his scores prior to the Tallawahs’ most recent match against the Zouks were anything but impressive, it was the nature of his 48-ball 76 runs that was impressive. Not overshadowed by captain and fellow opener, Chris Gayle, Walton was able to take charge, relegating Gayle to being a mere spectator during the earlier part of the innings.
Until his dismissal, Walton was able to repel any and every bowler that came before him, taking his time and working, along with Gayle, to ensuring a steady, sure and well-needed victory for the Tallawahs. Coupled with steady nerves in stumping Zouks’ opener Andre Fletcher, Walton looks up to the task in this CPL and is ready to take up his role in the dominating and potentially most dangerous, 5-batsmen line-up in the CPL including Gayle, Lynn, Mahela Jayawardene and Andre Russell.
Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel):
After having a masterful IPL tournament, Bravo has come to the CPL to captain this Red Steel team with the ingenuity and experience that he possesses. With the excellent capability of being a true all-rounder, able to contribute with bat, ball and in the field being an excellent fielder of high repute, Bravo will seek to lead his team from the front.
While he has yet to contribute significantly with the bat, Bravo has claimed 4 wickets for an incredible 18 runs. While this was the first game he was able to take wickets, once settled, Bravo is a force with which to be reckoned. If the Red Steel win this match, they will need Bravo to either dismantle the formidable Tallawahs’ batting attack and/or stifle their bowling with his incredible stroke-playing.
Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel head to head:
Of the four times they have played each other, Jamaica have won three and lost one. Can Trinidad & Tobago better this head to head in their favour?
Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel betting tips:
Trindad & Tobago to win: 5/4 (Paddy Power)
Lynn to be Jamaica’s top batsman: 7/2
Kamran Akmal to be T&T’s top batsman: 9/2
Match starts at 6 pm local time (2200 hours GMT) on July 9.