The final match of the weekend in the Caribbean Premier League sees the run in Florida continuing when the Jamaica Tallawahs take on the Trinbago Knight Riders in a clash which is suddenly pretty big for both sides.
The Tallawahs dropped their first game of the season on Saturday and will be desperate to avoid a disastrous weekend while the Knight Riders are still only level with two wins and two defeats on their ledger so they could do with a win too.
After a positive start to the tournament you would have to suggest that it was not the best performance of the campaign from the Jamaica Tallawahs on Saturday evening. They were put on the back foot right from the get go and at no stage could they really get a grip on the contest and ultimately surrendered meekly in the end.
With that in mind Jamaica have a couple of issues here. They must find a way of handling things when it isn’t going as perfectly as they would like but that might not be easy here when they have to back up a heavy defeat less than 24hrs later. They can talk about where they went wrong but getting on the training pitch to put it right just isn’t possible.
Trinbago Knight Riders
I think it is fair to have been disappointed with the Trinbago Knight Riders so far in this tournament. They might have won a couple of matches but they were both against the St Lucia Stars who are little better than terrible and even then they would win the second of those games one in 20-25 times so you couldn’t say they were convincing then either.
With the bat Trinbago have been fine. They have surpassed 190 three times in their four matches but the problem is pretty clear. They have shipped 200 in their last three outings and at no stage did you get the feeling that they were going to find a way to stem the flow of runs. On a good pitch and a relatively small ground you sense they are cannon fodder once again here.
Imad Wasim and Adam Zampa bowled six overs without a wicket and conceding 70 runs on Saturday but you would think both have enough credit to get another go here so unless Johnson Charles comes into contention the Jamaica Tallawahs could be unchanged.
Trinbago Knight Riders may decide the time has come to drop Sunil Narine from the top of the order with Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro both capable of opening up. Dwayne Bravo’s bowling remains a concern but he’s almost guaranteed to play.
I didn’t expect a high scoring match on Saturday and I got away with it because the pitch played a lot better than I expected but I’m not going to make the same mistake a second time. To be honest I wouldn’t have expected scoring to be low here anyway given the scores the last time these two met.
That game was heavily fuelled by Andre Russell’s blitz but the rest of the Jamaica batsmen are going much better now so I’m expecting Jamaica to be even more dangerous with the bat. If they have put their running issues behind them then there is more to come from them than they showed on Saturday. The likes of Andre Russell, David Miller and Rovman Powell aren’t going to fail consecutively too often so 354.5 runs looks a low line here.
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