Back-to-back wins for the Jamaica Tallawahs has them sitting on top of the CPL points table after they defeated St Lucia just recently. The Tallawahs are the inform team of the competition as it stands, but they’ll be pushed to the limit by a dangerous-Patriots outfit who are still yet to peak in the tournament.
Jamaica is starting to put together a solid case when it comes to the frontrunners for this year’s hottest CPL title contenders. Star South African batsman David Miller is set to join the Tallawahs shortly after touring Sri Lanka, what a big proposition he’ll be slotting into this Jamaican outfit adding to the already-impressive line-up that’s been established. In a game that’s so heavily-focused around batting in the modern era, Jamaica’s bowling attack won the battle against the Stars batting order as they managed to claim all 10 wickets thanks to Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3/27) and local quick Oshane Thomas (3/39) who played their roles brilliantly. The decision to replace Kemar Roach with a more youthful seamer in Thomas paid off big time despite having played just five T20 games in his career. Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim continues to strangle the batsmen for runs whilst the ball is in his hands, he’s one of Russell’s go-to options when the run rate needs to be reduced. Just about every top order batsmen contributed runs as they chased down their target of 175 with just four wickets down, Englishman Glenn Phillips half century and Rovman Powell’s quick-fire 43 not out was enough to sink the struggling-Stars. Both Krishmar Santokie and Ross Taylor who are quality players haven’t contributed a lot so far which is a real positive for the Tallawahs, if those two can find some form Jamaica will be just about unbeatable. Skipper Andre Russell will attract the attention of the entire Patriots side, minimalizing his impact is the key to success in this game.
St Kitts and Nevis made up for their shaky start to CPL18 with a convincing win over the not-so-hot Trinbago Knight Riders who look to be falling away early in the tournament which is a surprise to many. Regardless of Trinbago’s declining form, the Patriots dished up some quality cricket in the form of wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas and fan favourite Carlos Brathwaite who finished off the innings with some fireworks. Averaging under 20 in his T20 career, it was a difficult number to understand after watching Thomas dispatch a quality bowling unit for a well-constructed 58 which featured nine boundaries. As well as maintaining a damaging top order, St Kitts and Nevis have an extremely damaging lower order with the likes of Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite and Mahmudullah who are all ready to tee off from the word go. Brathwaite’s 15-ball assault on the Knight Riders was indicative of that as he reached 41 within the blink of an eye. Owning one of the marquee players in the competition is handy as well, I speak of none other than Chris Gayle who looks in fine form again this season against the new ball for the Patriots. One man who is yet to fire for them is Evin Lewis, the hard-hitting opener has accumulated just a single run from his two matches which is sure to improve. It’s unfortunate that young-Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane won’t feature in the entire tournament, but for now he’s proving to be a great asset for the Patriots taking 3 wickets in his two games. St Kitts and Nevis don’t have the strongest bowling unit, but they don’t really require one when you scroll through their batting line-up.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | CPL | 8th match | Sabina Park
- Johnson Charles
- Andre Russell
- Krishmar Santokie
- Adam Zampa
- Glenn Phillips
Wildcard pick – Rovman Powell
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots | CPL | 8th match | Sabina Park
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Chris Gayle
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Devon Thomas
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Glenn Phillips (wk) 2. Johnson Charles 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Rovman Powell 5. Ross Taylor/David Miller 6. Andre Russell © 7. Kennar Lewis 8. Imad Wasim 9. Adam Zampa 10. Oshane Thomas 11. Krishmar Santokie.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle © 2. Evin Lewis 3. Anton Devcich 4. Tom Cooper/Brandon King 5. Devon Thomas (wk) 6. Mahmudullah 7. Ben Cutting 8. Carlos Brathwaite 9. Jeremiah Louis 10. Sandeep Lamichhane 11. Sheldon Cottrell.