The Barbados Tridents were able to defend their total of 142 in their opening game against the Tallawahs. These two sides will meet again just a day after facing off against each other, the Tallawahs must respond with a win to avoid consecutive losses to start their 2017 campaign.
Jamaica did a sensational job of keeping themselves in the match right up until the last over, but it was some under performing players that inevitably cost them the game. Overseas signings Mohammad Sami, Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib Al Hasan all slipped up at vital stages in the game, all three have a wealth of experience in International cricket which came as even a bigger surprise when the trio of veterans buckled under pressure and were unable to impact the contest. Shakib did manage to dismiss the dangerous Dwayne Smith for the Tridents, but a part from that they were quite disappointing on the day. On the flip side, Lendl Simmons was back to his explosive best with the bat scoring 53 off 46 deliveries to set up the Tallawahs run chase, unfortunately he was the lone ranger of the innings with a lot of minimal output from the rest of the team. Jamaica’s bowling attack on the other hand seemed to function a lot more efficiently – Krishmar Santokie, Imad Wasim and Kesrick Williams all picked up multiple wickets and finished with fairly economical figures. Shakib finished with figures of 1/26 off his four overs, while Mohammad Sami went wicket-less for a expensive 48 runs in an outing the Pakistani would like to forget. The Tallawahs don’t have much depth in their reserves for the 2017 CPL, so they might have to run with this current eleven for a while unless something drastic happens.
Compared to the Tallawahs, the Tridents have some serious depth in their batting order which makes the contest sway heavily in favor of them. We saw how Jamaica struggled to chase down the Tridents total the other night due to a shortage of batting finesse at the back end of the innings, apart from Lendl Simmons the Tallawahs struggled to get going at numerous stages which left them to much of a task in that final over. There were no standout bowling performances for Barbados, they just worked cumulatively as a team which resulted in the desired outcome. Quicks Wahab Riaz and Ravi Rampaul bowled with good pace and picked up one wicket each, while the spinners Akeal Hosein picked up two wickets and Imran Khan finished with a very economical 1/9 from his three overs. South African bowling all-rounder Wayne Parnell was kept wicket-less and was quite expensive leaking runs, but he chipped in with a handy 25 runs with the bat and should bounce back with the ball if given the opportunity. To be brutally honest, the Tridents batting was quite sluggish given the amount of quality that featured in that line-up. Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik were good without being great with the bat, but no one really got on a roll which left a lot to be desired at the end of the innings. New Zealand superstar Kane Williamson opened with Smith and managed just the 13 runs striking at 65, while Tridents captain Kieron Pollard and the big-hitting Chris Barnwell were dismissed cheaply in the middle-order.
With the amount of hitting power in the Barbados Tridents batting line-up, Jamaica will have to produce a similar bowling display from their last encounter if they are any chance to knock off Kieron Pollard and his men. The under performing key signings for the Tallawahs must show their worth in this match after failing in their opening game of the CPL, Sangakkara and Al Hasan must fire with the bat to counteract the influence of Smith, Williamson and Malik for the opposing team.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | 5th match | Lauderhill
- Imad Wasim
- Lendl Simmons
- Krishmar Santokie
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Kumar Sangakkara
Top 5 fantasy picks | Barbados Tridents | 5th match | Lauderhill
- Dwayne Smith
- Kane Williamson
- Ravi Rampaul
- Kieron Pollard
- Shoaib Malik
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Lendl Simmons 2. Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk) 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Rovman Powell 6. Jonathan Foo 7. Imad Wasim 8. Krishmar Santokie 9. Garey Mathurin 10. Kesrick Williams 11. Mohammad Sami.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Kane Williamson 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 5. Kieron Pollard (c) 6. Chris Barnwell 7. Wayne Parnell 8. Akeal Hosein 9. Wahab Riaz 10. Ravi Rampaul 11. Imran Khan.
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