Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents: Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips
- Jamaica Tallawahs won the last time the two teams met at the same venue during last year’s league.
- Jamaica Tallawahs have a strong batting line-up and have the perfect finisher in this format in the form of Andre Russell
- Tallawahs have played more games this season and this has allowed them to get their team composition right
- Barbados Tridents have won last four of the six encounters between the two sides which will give them some confidence.
- Bowling looks weak for the Tridents and in both their games the bowling has looked their weaker side.
Our Prediction: Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Tridents
Jamaica Tallawahs look favourites for this game
The Points Table for the Caribbean Premier League 2018 has already started taking shape with Jamaica Tallawahs finding themselves tied on 6 points with Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders having played five games. Call it strange scheduling of matches but Barbados Tridents have played only two games so far and have two points to their name. The Jason Holder led side would be hoping to win this game and climb up on the points table. For Andre Russell’s Tallawahs who started with three straight wins before falling apart in their last two games it would be all about turning it around. The spectators at Florida should brace themselves up for some good contest between the bat and the ball.
The Tallawahs were seen as an unstoppable side at the start of the tournament where they had three straight wins against Trinbago Knight Riders, St Lucia Stars and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. It was a side on the roll and skipper Russell was leading from the front. It however seems some complacency set into the side where they lost the last two encounters against Guyana Amazon Warriors and TKR. What would really serve as a wakeup call for the skipper is the manner of those losses. The Guyana side humbled them by 71 runs while the one versus TKR exposed their weakness in death bowling. The team has to come out of the mental stagnation if they are to win this game.
For Tallawahs their batting has been a strong point in every game barring one against GAW they have fired. Russell has been at his murderous best lower down the order while the top orders has also shaped up well in most games. Glenn Phillips is looking in sublime form and David Miller’s return to form will make the skipper happy. Ross Taylor has also looked good though he didn’t play in the previous game. Rovman Powell is also a great hand down the order. It is however their bowling that is leaking runs. Imad Wasim has stood out in every game but others aren’t repeating the performance. Spinner Samuel Badree who made it into the side last game hasn’t impressed. Russell whose own bowling is looking out of shape despite the hattrick he took in the first game will hope his bowlers come out well in the next game.
They have played just two games so far this season. It was a classical script in the first game against Guyana Amazon Warriors where their top order barring the openers put up a healthy score on the board and the bowlers did the job to win the game by 30 runs. They had done a good job in the next game against St. Lucia Starts until they came up against the onslaught of Kieron Pollard whose blistering knock of 104 took the game away from them. There wasn’t much the bowlers could do and when it came to batting the side failed to chase down a huge total and lost the game by 38 runs. Jason Holder would hope his side would come out of the nightmare of that game.
Talking about the form Martin Guptill hasn’t done justice to his selection in both the games so far but it is still early days for the side in the tournament. Shai Hope, Steven Smith, wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran and opener Dwayne Smith have all had good hits in the two games the team has played so far. Hashim Amla’s return to the side will strengthen the batting order but a lot would depend on how Holder and Raymon Reifer perform in the finishing act. In the bowling department Raymon Reifer made a brilliant start to the season with a fifer in the opening game. Wahab Riaz is also shaping up well but the side would expect Mohammad Irfan to lend the perfect start to the bowling to help his side win the contest.
It is difficult to pick between the two sides which look equally matched in all departments. But Jamaica Tallawahs have had a longer run of games this season and start favourites to win this encounter.