Jamaica Tallawahs will collide with Trinbago Knight Riders in the tenth encounter of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Sabina Park, Kingston on Friday (September 13). Tallawahs are yet to open their account this season as they have lost all of their three games. Meanwhile, Knight Riders stand at the opposite end of the spectrum having won all of their three encounters.
The last time these two teams played each other on September 6, Knight Riders won the match by 22 runs courtesy Sunil Narine’s amazing all-round performance.
Ground Details and Team Combination
The match between Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks wasn’t a high-scoring one but the surface at Sabina Park had something to offer to all the parties involved. Tallawahs’ Glenn Phillips and Rovman Powell were amongst runs last night and despite Oshane Thomas’ three-wicket haul they couldn’t register their first win. Sabina Park is one of those venues where you need a balanced XI. You need a couple of big-hitters but at the same time you need batsmen who can hold the innings together. Going by history, it’s important to have good mix of spinners and seamers.
Tallawahs also suffered a huge blow last night when Andre Russell had to retire hurt after being hit on his helmet. The all-rounder was later cleared of serious injury but Russell didn’t play further part in the game. It’s also very unlikely that Russell will play tonight.
Meanwhile, Knight Riders will be delighted with the return of Colin Munro who wasn’t available for the first three games because of international commitments. Simmons, who was only selected as a replacement for Munro, will now play the entire competition as Dwayne Bravo will miss the whole tournament because of a finger injury. Someone like Sunil Narine will enjoy playing at Sabina park as the venue will suit his game-style.
Chris Gayle: The left-hander might have registered a golden duck last night but one needs to look no further than Tallawahs’ match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in which he smoked seven fours and 10 sixes in his 62-ball 116. With Russell possibly ruled out of this match, Gayle will take some time to get his eye in and once he does that we all know the kind of carnage he can cause. Despite not opening the account, Gayle is still the joint highest run-getter (144) in this tournament.
Sunil Narine: The veteran offspinner has been Knight Riders’ most economical bowler this season. Narine has bowled his full quota of overs in all the three encounters and has operated at an economy of 5.58, apart from picking up three wickets. It’s highly unlikely that Tallawahs batsmen will look to target Narine and will just play him out. Narine however can also make an impact with the bat in hand. Batting at No. 3, Narine slammed 46 off just 22 balls against Tallawahs last week and also claimed two wickets. His team will hope that Narine does something similar tonight.
Jimmy Neesham: The all-rounder from New Zealand is a utility player. He has so far picked up seven wickets in three games and also played a handy knock of 33 against Patriots. Either in need of stability or acceleration, Neesham can fit into both roles.
Oshane Thomas: The tall paceman has the tendency to leak runs but at the same time he is someone who can run through the batting order. He has picked up seven wickets in the last two games and will be expected to play the same role tonight. If other bowlers can focus on control and accuracy, Tallawahs team management can give Thomas the license to just bowl fast and attack. He has played 31 T20s, picking up 44 wickets at an economy of 8.66. He finished with 18 scalps last season and was second-highest wicket-taker.
It will get cloudy in the evening and rain is expected to make its presence felt.
Predicted FanFight Team
Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Glenn Phillips (wk), Chadwick Walton, Kieron Pollard, Tion Webster, Jimmy Neesham, Seekkuge Prasanna, Oshane Thomas, Steven Jacobs, Mohammad Hasnain.