After losing an intense rain-affected nine-over match, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel will look to face the top-of-the-table Barbados Tridents as they look to move from the bottom of the 2015 CPL table. In their previous encounter in this campaign, the Tridents were able to secure an eight-wicket win with 41 balls remaining. Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados Tridents betting tips can be found below.
Trinidad & Tobago managed a surprise win over Barbados thanks to a Darren Bravo-led 80. Dwayne Bravo took three wickets to bowl his side to a 72-run victory.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel have been having a torrid campaign. Losing some nail biters, they have only been able to win two matches out of the six they have played. Nevertheless, with the talent this team possesses, they should never be taken for granted with the likes of the experienced veteran Jacques Kallis, versatile all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, along with Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper and Sulieman Benn.
In their previous match, the Red Steel lost to the Zouks by 4 wickets with no balls remaining. With a shortened match in which only 9 overs were faced by each team, the Red Steel managed to get to 90 with Kallis starting the innings with a 19-ball 38.
The Red Steel, however, were close to securing their third victory before the Zouks’ Nathan McCullum and Ross Taylor dragged their team home and sent the Zouks to second in the tables.
The Barbados Tridents last played on Friday afternoon as they faced the Jamaica Tallawahs in Kingston. They were able to secure a 17-run victory as captain, Kieron Pollard was able to steady his team against the Tallawahs’ onslaught, with his 37-ball 59.
While the Tallawahs appeared to be finding stride while the Tridents regularly took wickets, they were finally able to restrict them enough to falling just short. Having completed all 20 overs, the Tallawahs found themselves only able to getting to 129 runs – 18 runs short of their target.
In this match, while the Red Steel cannot be taken for granted, expect the Tridents to win their sixth victory in what will be their ninth match and cement their places atop the tournament in their bid to defend their 2014 CPL crown.
Players to watch out for:
Jacques Kallis (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel):
Though he has not taken as many wickets as he would like or his team would expect, Kallis has been able to take 7 wickets in this CPL, including 3 in their last match against the Zouks for a mere 15 runs. Only scoring 138 runs, the dynamic and potentially explosive Kallis is one that can change an innings in a heartbeat.
If the Red Steel will look to defeat the Barbados Tridents, Kallis will need to lead the team with his experience and veteran leadership. Against the Tridents in their last match, he was only able to score 1 run and took no wickets. Look for him to right that wrong as they face off again in Match #25 of the CPL.
Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents):
What a tournament Pollard has been having. Scoring a total of 279 runs and placing him fourth on the 2015 CPL table for total runs scored, Pollard is only third in most sixes in the tournament with 16 in total.
Having also taken 8 wickets and be in the top 10 for leading wicket takers, Pollard is only tied for first in the number of catches taken, collecting 6 in total. A true all-rounder, Pollard will look to continue to lead his team from the front with his disciplined bowling, astute batting and excellent fielding. Look to Pollard, once again, to rescue his team if necessary. It is evident that his team is dependent on him and he has taken up that mantle and responded with class.
Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados Tridents head to head:
Barbados are 3-1 ahead on head to head against Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados Tridents betting tips:
Barbados to win: 10/11
Dwayne Smith to be Barbados’ top batsman: 3/1
Match starts at 8 pm local time (0000 hrs GMT) on July 16.