Having lost their last match to the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the Barbados Tridents will be looking to go to Kingston, Jamaica and do something no team has been able to do in this campaign – beat the Jamaica Tallawahs in their backyard. In this last corresponding fixture the Tridents beat the Tallawahs by 16 runs. Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents betting tips are placed at the end of this article.
In their first encounter, the Tridents’ batsmen were able to post a total of 161 runs, with openers Dwayne Smith and Dilshan Munaweera achieving scores of 56 and 24 runs respectively.
Shoaib Malik was also able to get to an unbeaten 43 runs and Jonathan Carter to a 7-ball 17. A total team effort, the Tridents will look to repeat that task against a potent Tallawahs bowling attack.
In their response, the Tallawahs were completely stifled by the Tridents’ bowling. With a high score set by Chris Lynn of only 37 runs, the Tallawahs were shut out of the game as they eked their way to 145 runs.
Fortunes have changed for both teams since then. While the Tridents went unbeaten for the first three games, they have only been able to win one of the next three games that have followed. Meanwhile, although the Tallawahs were winless earlier in the tournament, besides the complete hammering by the Patriots, they have been able to win two straight and are looking for their third straight victory.
In the matches what has been noted is that this team is not simply a one-man team. Although in devastating form, the bowling attack has found itself quite capably restricting batting line-ups with the panache that had been expected of them.
This game will see the battle of the top two teams in the CPL, level on points and separated only by Net Run Rate. The Tallawahs will look to continue their run at their home ground and should be expected to do so. Although not with quite as much ease as in their most recent matches, the Tridents being a strong and versatile team that could very much take this championship, the Tallawahs should be able to have all their ducks in a row with this potential 2015 CPL Finals match-up.
Players to watch out for:
Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents):
The Barbados Tridents have five bowlers in the top ten bowlers in the CPL rankings when it comes to wickets taken. While Robin Peterson, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit and Jeevan Mendis are included on that list, with 8 wickets taken, captain Kieron Pollard finds himself in the mix. What is of note, also, is that of the top 10 only Devendra Bishoo of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Mendis have better economy rates. However, while Pollard has played in seven matches, Bishoo and Mendis have only played in three and four matches respectively.
Accumulating 220 runs to be fifth on the overall CPL runs total with an average of 36.66 and a strike rate of 144.73, Pollard is also in the top ten players with the most catches having taken five. Essentially, contributing with the bat and the ball and as an exceptional fielder, Pollard has been leading his team, contributing positively in every aspect of the game. As he continues to lead his charge, he will be instrumental in any success his team may have this season.
Krishmar Santokie (Jamaica Tallawahs):
While easily overshadowed by the heroics of his captain, Chris Gayle, Santokie has been a force to be reckoned with in this CPL. The current top wicket taker in the campaign, having taken 14 wickets in only 6 matches, with an economy rate of 8.40.
In the latest victory against the Red Steel, Santokie and his compatriots ripped through the heart of the Red Steel line-up with Santokie claiming 3 wickets for only 27 runs. Although he was only able to take one wicket against the Tridents in their first meeting with a high economy rate of 11.75, look for Santokie to continue to spearhead this fierce bowling attack having been able to find the right line and length as the campaign has continued.
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents head to head:
It’s 3-2 in favour of Jamaica against Barbados. Will Barbados level things out?
Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents betting tips:
Jamaica to win: 4/5 (Coral)
Match starts at 7 pm local time (23:00 hrs GMT) on July 11