Up-and-down Tridents likely to continue trend
Loss, win, loss, win, loss – that’s the Tridents form guide in CPL19. It certainly has been an up & down tournament for Barbados so far, and going by their win-loss trend in five matches they should win tomorrow’s contest against the Tallawahs taking their record to an even 3-3. Rain probably ruined any chance Barbados had of winning against the first-placed Amazon Warriors, however they didn’t look like winning that game regardless of the weather. The Tridents batting wasn’t great in their last outing, only JP Duminy managed to stay at the crease long enough to stabilize the innings with his 38, but it simply wasn’t enough. Alex Hales continues to get starts, only to be dismissed a short while after which has been frustrating for both himself and the team. This is where the Tridents are really missing Shai Hope, he played the anchor role at No. 3 in CPL18 and contributed a large percentage of their runs as well. There is still no update on Hope’s availability in terms of if he’s recovered from his injury, one would suggest not given he’s still yet to feature in this season’s tournament. Hopefully they’ll continue to play Justin Greaves, the team as a batting unit doesn’t look overt-threatening as well as a lack of consistency. Greaves has looked very positive at the crease since coming into the XI, the likes of Carter, Charles and Hales must step up now. They haven’t really had any issues with the ball this season, leaving out both spinners (Hayden Walsh Jr & Joshua Bishop) after bagging a couple wickets in previous outings was a strange decision, in the end probably not the right one.
It hasn’t been a great CPL19 for the Jamaica Tallawahs, they haven’t performed to their potential and as a result sit right at the bottom of the standings. The Caribbean Premier League is basically built around players like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, unfortunately the big names have rarely fired a shot this season. Taking nothing away from Gayle’s tremendous knock of 116 against the Patriots in their second game, the-now 40-year-old’s scores have been moderate at best since that hundred. Injuries to Rovman Powell and Andre Russell certainly haven’t helped, but it’s been the teams lack of consistency that has brought them down. The bowling was an absolute mess at the start, the fielding has been cringe-worthy at times and you can see the frustration on the supporters faces in the crowd. Thank god they have Glenn Phillips, without him they’d be an absolute wreck. After a slow start to CPL19, Phillips has bounced back strongly with scores of 58, 62, 28, 40 & 87. Even Chadwick Walton has been far from consistent, and with Russell continuing to re-injure himself, Jamaica don’t look like a team worthy of a spot in this season’s finals at the moment. Veteran-Dwayne Smith has reinvented himself as a economical bowler, unfortunately his batting hasn’t been up to standard which has added to the Tallawahs-woes. The amount of changes Jamaica keeps making to their playing XI every game is symbolic of their season, they just can’t find a winning-formula.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 20
- JP Duminy
- Jason Holder
- Alex Hales
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Jonathan Carter
Wildcard pick – Justin Greaves
- Glenn Phillips
- Andre Russell
- Chris Gayle
- Chadwick Walton
- Zahir Khan
Wildcard pick – Shamar Springer
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Alex Hales 3. Justin Greaves 4. JP Duminy 5. Leniko Boucher/Shai Hope 6. Jonathan Carter 7. Jason Holder (c) 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Ashley Nurse/Hayden Walsh Jr/Joshua Bishop 10. Josh Lalor/Chemar Holder 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Chadwick Walton (c) 4. Dwayne Smith 5. Andre Russell 6. Javelle Glen 7. Imran Khan/Derval Green 8. Shamar Springer 9. Ramaal Lewis 10. Jade Dernbach/Jerome Taylor 11. Zahir Khan.
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