Tallawahs return to form short-lived, Patriots campaign back on track
Kingston is proving to be a bit of a dour environment for Jamaica at the moment, and despite winning their only game in CPL19 at this venue, Sabina Park hasn’t really given off a ‘home ground advantage’ vibe. The venue isn’t to blame though, it’s the Tallawahs constant fade-outs in matches which has resulted in them losing most of their games this season. A tactic that worked so well in their previous match against the Tridents was astonishingly-aborted, perhaps the visibly-green deck at Sabina Park twisted Jamaica’s arm in favour of pace over spin. Oshane Thomas looked to be a good inclusion, that was until he was dispatched for figures of 0/58. England’s Jade Dernbach was also expensive but did manage to pick up a couple wickets, the pair conceded a combined-108 runs between them. Coming off a brilliant three-wicket outing in his last game, even spinner Zahir Khan went for plenty of runs in his two overs. Star all-rounder Andre Russell returned in typical fashion picking up 2/35 and slamming a quick-fire 40 with the willow. Apart from Kiwi Glenn Phillips who equaled Russell’s efforts with the bat, the pair lacked support from the rest of their team. All-rounder George Worker could find himself out of the side having not scored a decent amount of runs since Jamaica’s CPL19 opener. Chris Gayle is also struggling at the top of the order, averaging just 17 from his past 4 innings.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
St Kitts & Nevis have responded well to their poor start to the tournament, they’ve won their last two games and are showing a lot more intent as a whole. Perhaps Carlos Brathwaite’s return to form has given the team a lot more energy, his match-winning efforts against the red-hot Knight Riders may have just sparked something off. The Patriots skipper found his range in front of a buzzing-atmosphere at Warner Park where the home crowd got right behind Carlos as he took the game deeper and deeper with an impressive 64 runs. The match ended up going into a super over where Brathwaite was once again the hero, smashing two sixes and a four with the bat and following it up with a superb over of bowling where he conceded just 5 runs and picked up the wicket of Darren Bravo. The Patriots will have to work on their bowling though, they conceded far too many runs and were lucky the result went their way in the end. The decision to leave Usama Mir out was a baffling one, especially after his performance against St Lucia. The Pakistani leggy should be straight back into the XI tomorrow (given that the PCB haven’t requested him to return home). Something needs to be done about Devon Thomas, scores of 1, 1, 1 & 1 suggests that he needs to drop back down the order which could see one of Sharmarh Brooks or Kjorn Ottley take his place.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 16
- Glenn Phillips
- Andre Russell
- Chadwick Walton
- Jade Dernbach
- Chris Gayle
Wildcard pick – Javelle Glen
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- Evin Lewis
- Alzarri Joseph
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Laurie Evans
- Fabian Allen
Wildcard pick – Usama Mir
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Chadwick Walton (c) 4. Javelle Glen 5. George Worker/Ben Cutting 6. Andre Russell 7. Dwayne Smith 8. Ramaal Lewis 9. Derval Green/Oshane Thomas 10. Jade Dernbach 11. Zahir Khan.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Sharmarh Brooks/Kjorn Ottley 2. Evin Lewis 3. Laurie Evans 4. Devon Thomas (wk) 5. Carlos Brathwaite (c) 6. Fabian Allen 7. Jason Mohammed/Dominic Drakes 8. Rayad Emrit/Usama Mir 9. Alzarri Joseph 10. Akeem Jordan 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
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