A dominant start to CPL18 for the Trinbago Knight Riders could amount to a lengthy winning-streak after that 100-run victory against the Stars in the opening match of the tournament. There’s no doubting that the Tallawahs will have to be at their destructive best if they intend to knock off this powerhouse outfit.
Stats don’t lie, the Trinbago Knight Riders thumped the St Lucia Stars in just about every area of the game at Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday. From a spectator’s point of view, they’ve just got so many X factors jammed into one line-up making it almost impossible to contain the majority of them. If one fails, another one pops up out of nowhere which was the case against St Lucia the other night. The Stars actually kept four of Trinbago’s superstars quiet with the bat which is a tremendous effort, but they failed to lock down perhaps one of the hottest commodities on the market at the moment, New Zealand’s Colin Munro. Starting off slowly, Munro burst into action with a fine exhibition of cut shots through the off side field in his innings of 68. Trinbago’s innings was capped off by a rampaging Denesh Ramdin who finished with an unbeaten half century off just 27 balls, his ball striking was immaculate sending four sixes sailing over the rope. This team is the complete package, they bowled St Lucia out for just 95 as each bowler contributed at least one wicket each. Aussie spinner Fawad Ahmed (3/16) and Knight Riders skipper Dwayne Bravo (3/11) starred with the ball in a comprehensive victory. When you factor into that 100-run victory that Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo all missed out with the bat, it’s a worrying prospect for the Tallawahs to face. With so many wicket-taking options with the ball as well, Trinbago has well & truly set the benchmark for the tournament.
It’s a new-look Jamaica Tallawahs side for the 2018 Caribbean Premier League, they’ll be without former captain Kumar Sangakkara and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who’ve both opted out of this year’s CPL. They’ve lost all three of Lendl Simmons, Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami to the St Lucia Stars as well, so it’ll be fascinating to see how they line-up in their first match against one of the hot favourites to take out this year’s title. They’ve got some handy bowlers up their sleeve in the form of Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa, former Patriots spinner Samuel Badree and the ever-reliable Krishmar Santokie who picked up 14 wickets in last season’s CPL for Jamaica. The loss of Sangakkara has left a huge hole to fill, that’s where Black Caps veteran Ross Taylor will play a pivotal role for the Tallawahs in CPL18. Similar to former Australian batsman Michael Hussey whose consistency couldn’t be questioned for the majority of his career, Taylor brings just about all of those assets plus a wealth of experience which should benefit Jamaica in 2018. When it comes to all the hype & build up, all-rounder Andre Russell wins hands down with his emphatic approach to the game. Russell is a huge signing for Jamaica this season, he’ll most likely play the role of a strike bowler and middle-lower order finisher with the bat given his elite hitting ability. Keep an eye out for Andre McCarthy as well, the 31-year-old at times looked like he was going to break the game wide open for the Tallawahs last year, but it didn’t quite eventuate.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Trinbago Knight Riders | CPL | 3rd match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Sunil Narine
- Colin Munro
- Chris Lynn
- Dwayne Bravo
- Fawad Ahmed
Wildcard pick – Ali Khan
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | CPL | 3rd match | Queen’s Park Oval
- Krishmar Santokie
- Andre Russell
- Ross Taylor
- Johnson Charles
- Imad Wasim
Wildcard pick – Andre McCarthy
Trinbago Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Chris Lynn 2. Sunil Narine 3. Colin Munro 4. Brendon McCullum 5. Darren Bravo 6. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7. Dwayne Bravo © 8. Javon Scantlebury-Searles 9. Shannon Gabriel 10. Fawad Ahmed 11. Ali Khan.
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles (wk) 2. Glenn Phillips 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Ross Taylor 5. Rovman Powell 6. Andre Russell © 7. Imad Wasim 8. Krishmar Santokie 9. Steven Jacobs 10. Samuel Badree 11. Kemar Roach/Oshane Thomas.