Could the Barbados Tridents be the team that nobody sees coming? As it stands, Barbados has only played two games in CPL18 with a 50% success rate. They’re up against the Tallawahs who looked dangerous in the tournament up until their last two matches which have resulted in losses.
Despite going down to the Knight Riders on the very last ball of the match, Jamaica would’ve lost no fans that day. It did however mark consecutive losses for a side who appeared to be the red-hot favourites in the CPL after they compiled three victories in a row to start their 2018 campaign. One thing’s for sure, and that’s Glenn Phillips and David Miller’s love for the USA after the pair put on a six-hitting display to remember in Florida. The pitch at Lauderhill is a batsman’s paradise, just take a look at some of the individual scores from that 12th match and you’ll see. This might prompt a couple changes in both teams bowling attacks, Krishmar Santokie bowled three overs and was dispatched for 41 runs, while Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled just one over for 13 runs. Realistically, we’re looking at an all-out slog-out on this type of surface, the bowlers just have to continue to be brave and experiment with their variations. Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim is the type of bowler you want to utilize on this type of surface, an orthodox spinner who gets the ball to skid on as well as the occasional flighted delivery to catch the batsman out. Wasim picked up an economical 2/17 against Trinbago and conceded under four runs an over. Surely Barbados will have a plan set in place for Glenn Phillips and David Miller who were seemingly uncontrollable in their last match. When it comes to those two power-hitters, the fielders are almost irrelevant when the ball is just about sailing out of the ground! It would be great to see the local American Steven Taylor get into the thick of the action, Jamaica have given him a huge opportunity batting at No. 3.
This is going to be a very entertaining match to watch, there’s an enormous amount of batting talent on display tomorrow which should result in another high scoring encounter. The Tallawahs know first-hand how this pitch plays, so they’ll undoubtedly be slogging from ball one. That shouldn’t favour the home side in any way, shape or form though given what the Barbados Tridents have to offer in the batting department. A veteran of T20 cricket with 320 games to his name, the ever-unpredictable Dwayne Smith should have a day out on this Lauderhill wicket. You never know what Smith’s going to plate up, it could be anywhere from a duck to a quick-fire score in excess of fifty. The same could be said about New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, although the consistency hasn’t been his strong point in the CPL. The 31-year-old opener has again started the tournament slowly with scores of 0 & 7, similar to his stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors not long ago. The Tridents also have South African veteran Hashim Amla and one of Australia’s finest batsman in Steve Smith at their disposal which gives them some significant firepower in the middle-order. Watch out for 24-year-old West Indian Shai Hope who started CPL18 with an almighty bang, he scored a career-best 88 at No. 3 and could potentially take back that spot from Amla soon. The Tridents will have to work hard for their wickets on this surface, both Mohammad Irfan and Jason Holder could again be in trouble given their excessive height which will give the batsmen plenty of pace & bounce to work with. The pair conceded a combined-92 runs in their last match which spells trouble. Barbados speedster Raymon Reifer seems to have the golden touch with the ball this year, he’s accumulated 7 wickets from just two outings!
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | CPL | 14th match | Lauderhill, Florida
- Glenn Phillips
- David Miller
- Andre Russell
- Imad Wasim
- Ross Taylor
Wildcard pick – Steven Taylor
Top 5 fantasy picks | Barbados Tridents | CPL | 14th match | Lauderhill, Florida
- Dwayne Smith
- Shai Hope
- Martin Guptill
- Steve Smith
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard pick – Ashley Nurse
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Kennar Lewis/Johnson Charles 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Steven Taylor 4. Ross Taylor 5. David Miller 6. Andre Russell © 7. Rovman Powell 8. Imad Wasim 9. Krishmar Santokie 10. Adam Zampa/Samuel Badree 11. Oshane Thomas.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Martin Guptill 3. Hashim Amla 4. Shai Hope 5. Steve Smith 6. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 7. Jason Holder © 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Wahab Riaz 10. Ashley Nurse 11. Mohammad Irfan/Dominic Drakes.
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