Date & Time: Saturday, August 29, 23:45 IST
Venue: Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad, Port of Spain, West Indies
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the second match of Saturday’s doubleheader. This is the class between the two teams that are in the bottom of the table. This is the first time they face off each other in this season. Both sides possess power-packed batsmen but they have failed to fire as a unit. In bowling the Patriots lack quality spin options which has been one of their shortcomings. On the other hand, the Tallawahs’ bowling unit is quite superior with quality spin options which might be the difference between these two sides on Saturday.
Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Nick Kelly, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ben Dunk, Jahmar Hamilton Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit (c), Imran Khan, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Alzarri Joseph
Glenn Phillips, Chadwick Walton (wk), Nicholas Kirton, Rovman Powell (c), Asif Ali, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Veerasammy Permaul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fidel Edwards.
The surface at Queen’s Park Oval has been on the slower side and offered enough assistance for spinners and also tested the batsmen’s approach. So expect nothing different for the weekend as well. Picking batsmen who can play steadily and spinners is the order of the day.
The Afghani off-spinner is the top wicket-taker of the tournament with 12 wickets from 5 matches. He is not only among the wickets but also one of the most economical bowler.
The Patriots Skipper has been the most consistent performer of the side. Not only has he been among the wicket in almost every match but also has been scoring handy runs down the order. His PPM of 56 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour make him a must-have.
The Patriot batsman is the top run-scorer for the side, and apart from the last game he has got to a good start and proved to be handy for fantasy players. But same as the previous match, he has a stiff challenge to handle Mujeeb who is in red hot form. Given how spin has dominated in this week our advice is not to make him a Captain option in the SL team.
He has been rested for the last match but he might be back for the crucial.contest. He has started the tour on a dull note but he has picked up good form in the last 3 games.
He may be the top run-scorer for Jamaica in the season but it has been a hit and miss kind of time for the Kiwi batsman. He may be inconsistent but we expect him to be one of the top batsmen in this match given there are no quality spin options in the opposition.
Given his form in the tour and his overall record in the CPL, he may be a good option to be the captain or vice captain of the SL team. But with spin being the dominant force at the venue we expect he might not be as effective as he is known to be in this match.