With the Trinbago Knight Riders winning their first match in a comprehensive manner, it would be a big ask for the Jamaica Tallawahs to clinch their season opener. We picked the winning team and top run scorer in Chris Gayle in last night, so lets have look at today's match.
TKR would not like to tinker too much with the winning combination. With half-centuries from Colin Munro and Dinesh Ramdin, the team cruised in their last match. The Knight Riders unexpectedly dropped star player Kevin Cooper in the last match. But, his replacement Ali Khan did a fine job especially with the ball and is expected to retain his spot.
For Jamaica Tallawahs, Andre Russell will step out on the field as a captain for the first time. He missed the previous season due to doping charges and the team would expect the star all-rounder to bounce back.
Tallawahs also have a star-studded bowling combination with Samuel Badree, Imad Wasim, Kemar Roach and Krishmar Santokie at the helm.
However, the resurfacing of Shahid Afridi’s chronic knee injury came as a huge setback for the team. They would now expect Afridi’s replacement Adam Zampa, the leggie from Australia, to come up with the goods. Also, David Miller would not be available for this match as he is with the South African team for the five-match ODI series followed by a solitary T20I against Sri Lanka.
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Trinbago Knight Riders - Denesh Ramdin (wk), Chris Lynn, Darren Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Javon Searles, Fawad Ahmed, Shannon Gabriel and Ali Khan.
Jamaica Tallawahs - Johnson Charles (wk), Ross Taylor, Rovmann Powell, Jermaine Blackwood, Glenn Phillips, Imad Wasim, Andre Russell(c), Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Krishmar Santokie and Steven Jacobs.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Trinbago Knight Riders
Head to Head – Matches 12, Trinbago Knight Riders 4, Jamaica Tallawahs 8
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders), Johnson Charles (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dwayne Bravo (Trinbago Knight Riders), Samuel Badree (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Most Sixes – Sunil Narine (Trinbago Knight Riders), Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Team Scores Batting First – Trinbago Knight Riders 170+, Jamaica Tallawahs 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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