Date & Time: Wednesday, August 19, 19:30 IST
Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad, Tarouba, West Indies
Well, here comes the third game of the tournament with Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks locking horns in their tournament opener. Both teams would be looking to start the season on a positive note, as they ended in the bottom half of the table in the previous edition. Jamaica Tallawahs had a forgettable season in 2019 and were able to win just two out of their 10 games.
The Tallawahs will expect all-rounders Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite to flip their fate from the last season. The team also has quality spinners in Sandeep Lamichhane and Mujeeb ur Rahman, with the pace department led by Oshane Thomas and Fidel Edwards.
On the other hand, the Zouks are one team that the others will be wary of. They don’t have many explosive stars but have several utility T20 players who can turn the match on its head on their day. The likes of Darren Sammy, Nabi, Rahkeem Cornwall will have to carry the burden of the team to make things fall in place.
All in all, it is going to be a cracker of a contest with a lot of productive players on the field. Apart from Russell and Brathwaite, the batting fireworks will be on show by Chadwick Walton, Glenn Phillips, Jermaine Blackwood, and Asif Ali.
Chadwick Walton, Glenn Philips(WK), Bonner, Rovman Powell(C), Andre Russell, Asif Ali, Carlos Brathwaite, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichchane, Fidel Edwards, Oshane Thomas.
Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Leniko Boucher, Najibullah Zadran, Roston Chase, Mohammad Nabi, Darren Sammy(C), Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan, Chemar Holder/ Scott Kuggleijn, Obed McCoy.
As usual, the pitch is expected to deliver assistance for both batsmen and bowlers. Both teams have got international stars to make the perfect use of the conditions to make it tough for their opposition. Bowlers will get their grip on the ball with no danger of dew for this game. An even contest between the bat and ball is expected for this clash.
Average 1st Inns scores – 150
Average 2nd Inns scores – 151
There is no other player who can be such a definite “must-have”, other than him! The all-rounder is a massive name in the market and knows how to play this game to perfection. He has got the incredible talent to deliver with the ball and bat, which makes him a must-have pick for this contest.
The Kiwi batsman has got brilliant stats to his name in this country, especially in CPL. He is expected to deliver a match-winning knock for his side with conditions in his favour. Thus, we chose him as our second must-have player.
He might be a youngster but the rookie has already got enough experience under his belt to make things happen. Sandeep is expected to deliver once again in a similar way to make things fall in place for his team.
The experienced campaigner from Afghanistan will certainly be the center of attention for this game with spinners having a lot of assistance from the pitch. Further, he is expected to carry the middle-order burden of the team with his power-hitting.
The lanky all-rounder is known for playing match-winning knocks for his side and also got the caliber to make things happen with his bowling. He has the ability to deliver things for his side, which is why we choose him as our big bet for this contest.
The all-rounder is one of the few players who can change the complexion of the game with ease. Much like Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell has the ability to give points with both bat and ball. Thus, he is our second big bet player for this contest.