With the Barbados Tridents able to rest between their last CPL match one week ago on July 18th, they have been preparing to face the winner of the second Semi-Final: the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. The Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel live streaming & betting tips can be found below.
Trinidad & Tobago clinched their first ever CPL title by beating Barbados in the final.
In the same position in which they found themselves last year, the Tridents were able to make it directly through to the Finals as the only team to win six games in this campaign and therefore top the first round table. They will look to re-create last year’s result and successfully defend their CPL Title against a strong and resurgent Red Steel team.
Throughout this campaign, with the exception of a few hiccups, the Tridents have been the most consistent team. With a strong mix of players from opener Dwayne Smith and all-rounder Ross Taylor, adding bowlers Robin Peterson, Jason Holder, Ravi Rampau and Rayad Emrit to the team has proven a successful undertaking.
A team with a solid core and good depth, their captain Kieron Pollard continues to be their talisman. Having a great campaign having been scoring runs at a relatively free-flowing pace, Pollard has also been contributing with the ball, taking 12 wickets including a four-wicket haul in the last match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
With the exception of his solitary half-century against the Jamaica Tallawahs, Smith has not had the best tournament. However, with all knowing of his potentially explosive nature and ability to dominate an innings and power his team to victory, he is one of many on a strong Tridents squad who should not be taken for granted.
Robin Peterson has also been a player of note taking 3 wickets, including three three-wicket hauls against the likes of the Tallawahs and the Amazon Warriors. With several other bowlers rounding out the bowling attack, the Tridents do not necessarily have several individual powerhouses rife through their squads as other teams in the CPL. However, what this team does have is a balanced squad that works well together, with different players pitching in at different times as they have worked together quite successfully.
Captain Pollard remains the standout and has been able to not only effectively lead his team with bat and ball, but field placings and excellent fielding has also helped to power them to this final. They should be a difficult opponent as they look to defend this title.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, however, have had an entirely different series. They struggled initially during a time when many had written them out of this competition. However, on the back of incredibly great performances by brothers, Dwayne and Darren Bravo, the Red Steel continue to be an incredible example of fighting until the very end.
As they approach their first CPL Final, they will look to dethrone an amazingly balanced and well-rounded Tridents team. However, they themselves have proven to be balanced, deep and while different players have pitched in, captain Dwayne Bravo has dug in and allowed his excellent form to drive him and this team.
After career-best performances from Dwayne Bravo with his 5-wicket haul for a measly 23 runs and Darren Bravo’s innings-saving 86 runs in the first Semi-Final, many thought the Red Steel would have been stopped in their tracks by the Amazon Warriors. However, in a low-scoring encounter, only Amazon Warriors’ opener Lendl Simmons was able to post a noteworthy score getting to a 51-ball 64. Instead only Chris Barnwell was able to get into double figures.
Restricted by the two-wicket hauls of Bravo, Sulieman Benn and Samuel Badree, the Red Steel set the tone earliy. In their quest to achieve the 109 runs required to catapult them into the Finals, Kamran Akmal’s 49 runs and Darren Bravo’s 22 set the stage for Captain Bravo and Jason Mohammed to steer the Red Steel to victory – achieving it with 9 balls to spare.
Players to watch out for:
Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents):
Captain Pollard remains in the top ten of just about every category – in runs scored, wickets taken, economy rate, strike rate and catches taken. An excellent all-rounder, Pollard has been able to lead this team successfully through two campaigns into two Finals and with one victory under his belt.
While his team will look to capture the 2015 title, Pollard must be in the mix – whether scoring runs, taking wickets or taking catches while setting the necessary field placings for his team to be successful. As he looks to another final, Pollard will look to potentially finally get to a T20 century, bettering his best of 89 runs, and/or look to better his best wicket haul of 4 for 18 runs.
Only getting to a half-century twice in this tournament, Pollard has fallen short on a few occasions but knows that if it falls on his shoulders, as it often has, he must continue to dig deep and do what his team demands of him.
Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel):
Once again, Bravo continues to astound critics and audiences alike. Taking five wickets against the Tallawahs for a mere 23 runs, Bravo was able to restrict any hopes of the Tallawahs sneaking past them with them barely able to set the kind of target for which they had hoped in 153 runs. As he will added another 2 wickets to take his wicket haul to 26, Bravo will look to continue to inspire his team right to the 2015 CPL title.
A legitimate candidate for Man-of-the-Series, Bravo’s match-winning heroics in the first Semi-Final was followed by a solid performance leading the Red Steel to another astounding performance which left the Amazon Warriors stunned. After restricting their bid to set up a repeat of the 2014 Finals, the Red Steel dominated this match from beginning to end with, fittingly, Bravo taking two wickets and being one of the two batsmen there to power his team to victory after a solid foundation had already been laid.
Bravo, as has become the common, is the man to watch for the Red Steel with him performing at a high level to be able to lead his Red Steel to their ultimate goal.
Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel head to head:
Barbados leads 3-2 on head to head against Trinidad & Tobago.
Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel betting tips:
T&T to win: 13/16
Darren Bravo to be T&T’s top batsman: 3/1
Kieron Pollard to be Barbados’ top bowler: 4/1
Match starts at 8 pm local time (2200 hrs GMT) on July 26.