Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs will be facing each other for the first time this CPL season. The Tallawahs have secured two wins in CPL 2020 while the Tridents have only one win under their belt so far. The Tallawahs have a massive upper-hand overall and in the last five matches against the Tridents. In the lone match played between the two sides at this venue the Tallawahs came out on top.
HEAD TO HEAD IN CPL
Overall: Matches – 14 | BT – 5 Wins | JT – 8 Wins | NR - 1
At the Venue: Matches – 1 | BT – 0 Wins | JT – 1 Win
Last 5 matches: BT – 1 Win | JT – 4 Wins
While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. Based on algorithms we come up with six different team that could fetch crucial points.
The pitch at Queen’s Park Oval is slightly different to the one at the Brian Lara Stadium in CPL since 2018. At Tarouba, the bowlers were on top, but at Queen’s Park Oval, the batsmen have had a good time.
On average, a score of 180 was the average in the first innings across the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Queen’s Park Oval. But in the two matches held on Tuesday, only totals of 151 and 108 were managed.
As you can see below, the pitch at Queen’s Park Oval has differed from season to season. The average 1st innings scores has shot up and down. In the 2018 season of CPL, the average 1st innings score was around the 194 mark, but it came down to 166 in 2019. Prior to 2018, in 2017 it was 146.
Since 2018, at Port of Spain, the pacers have been the most influential ones. In 24 innings, the pacers have bagged 63.7% of the wickets at a much better balls/dismissal rate. In fact, the 36.3% of wickets bagged by the spinners is the second lowest at a venue in the CPL since 2018.
Alhough Tallawahs, on paper, are a team filled with power-hitters, it hasn’t been the case this season. Their batting strike rate (111.1) is the lowest among all the teams this season. In fact, all the teams have struggled to score runs freely because of the slow nature of the pitches so far.
Jamaica will be gleeful that their skipper Andre Russell found some form with a 50 in Saturday's match even though they lost. He followed that up with an unbeaten 23 in Tuesday's win.
There are fine spinners on show from both the sides. This suggests, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan are two of the must-have bowlers. Considering the record of Veerasammy Permaul in Port of Spain, he could be a pick. Jason Holder and Russell can be the lead pacers.
Glenn Phillips and Johnson Charles have been one of their teams' best batters. Holder on the other hand has been a handy bat for the Tridents this season.
There could be a few interesting match-ups
GLENN PHILLIPS vs MITCHELL SANTNER
In a battle between the Kiwis, the left-arm spinner has emerged as the winner. In the two innings Phillips has faced Santner in T20s, he has got out to him both times.
ANDRE RUSSELL vs RASHID KHAN
This is one of the battles to look out for, Russell against Rashid in his early stages of the innings. Overall in T20s, both have been on equal terms. Rashid has dismissed him twice at an average of 14.5 and Russell has scored at a strike rate of 181 against the leggie.
CHADWICK WALTON vs ASHLEY NURSE
Both of them have blown hot and cold. Nurse in 8 innings has got the better of Walton on two occasions at an average of 20.0. On the other hand, Walton has scored runs at a strike rate of 190.5.
ANDRE RUSSELL: Andre Russell has an exceptional record at this venue, both while bowling as well as batting.
He has scored 358 runs at a strike rate of 196.7 at the Queens Park Oval, which is his most at a venue in CPL. Among batsmen who have faced more than 100 balls in Port of Spain, Russell’s average and strike rate is the best.
To go with his batting record, Russell has a decent bowling record too at the venue. His 11 wickets at this venue is his second-best. With such a fantastic record, Russell is our suggested captain.
GLENN PHILLIPS: The Kiwi batsman has continued his good run of form in the CPL. Since 2018, the wicket-keeper batsman has scored close to 1000 runs. This season as well, he has been among the runs, barring the last match. Phillips is one among the five batsmen to score over 100 runs this season. He has a good record against the current Tridents bowling line-up as well. He is certainly one of the X-factors who has the ability to change the game.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts Phillips would score 12-35 runs
MUJEEB UR RAHMAN: The young mystery spinner so far has had a fantastic tournament. This season he has bagged 9 wickets at a healthy balls/dismissal ratio of 10.7 with a sensational average of 7.4. His bowling average of 7.4 is the best by any bowler who has picked two or more wickets this season.
Three of his wickets have come in the 1st powerplay (overs 1-6). In general, he picks a lot of wickets in the first six overs. Since 2018, he is the only bowler to bag more than 50 wickets during overs 1-6. Unquestionably he is a handful against top-order batsmen, which is why he is one of our X-factors.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts Mujeeb would pick 0-3 wickets in the match against Tridents
RASHID KHAN: The Afghan legspinner is a star of the shorter format. He has been the most successful bowler in T20s since 2018. In this season as well, he is among the wickets. Against the Tallawahs, Rashid has bagged 5 wickets at an average of 19.0 and a balls/dismissal ratio of 14.4 at an economy of 7.9 in CPL. Against the likes of Russell and few other powerful strikers Rashid will be an X-factor.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts Rashid would pick 0-3 wickets in the match against Tridents.
Note: Stats updated till Match 12 – JT vs GAW