Barbados Tridents (BT) take on Jamaica Tallawahs (JT) in Match 20 of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. The Tridents suffered a 12-run loss against Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday and remain in the fourth spot with four points. The Tallawahs, on the other hand, are rock bottom on the points table having secured just a couple of points from seven matches. Incidentally, JT’s lone victory in the competition came against the Tridents on September 15 in Jamaica. A double over their opponents will do them a world of good as it will just about keep them alive in the competition.
In the last five matches between these two sides, the Tallawahs have won three while the Tridents have been victorious in two matches.
Ground Details and Team Combination
The match between Barbados and Jamaica on Sunday was the first time a CPL 2019 match was played at Bridgetown, Barbados. As expected, spin played a crucial role in the match accounting for nine out of the 12 wickets that fell.
The Tallawahs are rooted to the bottom of the table as they are over-dependent on Glenn Phillips and Chris Gayle to deliver. They have accounted for more than 40 percent of the team’s runs. Other than them, only Chadwick Walton has shown some consistency. Hence, the trio are a must-have in your team.
As far as the Tridents are concerned, they need not make too many changes to their XI but need to execute their plans better. The top four will have to be among the runs and their bowlers, especially their spinners – Sandeep Lamichhane and Ashley Nurse – will have to be at their best as they could be the difference makers at Barbados. We saw Chris Green from Guyana open the bowling and pick up four wickets with his off-spin in the previous match at this venue. Barbados might be tempted to use the same strategy in this game.
We had a rain-curtailed match on Sunday, but rains should stay away during the match, but the weather is expected to be gloomy.
The leading run-getter of CPL 2019, Glenn Phillips is an excellent choice as your team’s captain. He has three 50-plus scores from his last five innings. While his strike-rate against spin (115.94) is not particularly encouraging, given his current form he will back himself to go big in this match as well. He is also a safe wicketkeeper.
JP Duminy scored a vital 32-ball 38 and also chipped in with a wicket in a losing cause against Guyana on Sunday. He will once again be a key figure given the fact that his off-spinning deliveries might get some purchase on this track.
Andre Russell is a game changer with the bat and also with ball in hand. He has a couple of 40-plus scores in the tournament so far and is due a big one. Given that this is a must-win match for his team, we might see him show his true colours.
The only reason Chris Gayle is not among the captaincy choices is because of his susceptibility against spin, especially early in his innings. Given that the Barbados track has something in it for the tweakers, Gayle might be an early victim. However, in this edition, he has been striking at 162.22 against spin, which is among the highest strike-rates against the slower bowlers.
When Sandeep Lamichhane plays, you are more or less guaranteed that he will pick up a wicket or two and also not concede many runs. He has picked up six wickets at an economy rate of 7.07 in this edition so far and the Tridents will look to him to shine on this surface.
Suggested FanFight team
Glenn Phillips, Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Johnson Charles, Andre Russell, JP Duminy, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sandeep Lamichhane, Zahir Khan, Raymon Reifer