ABOUT THE MATCH
The 2019 Caribbean Premier League continues when Trinbago Knight Riders welcome Jamaica Tallawahs to the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. The two teams meet on September 6.
Trinbago Knight Riders opened their title defense with a win, with Kieron Pollard scoring 47 in a total of 152/7 before Mohammad Hasnain (3-36) and Jimmy Neesham (3-18) helped bowl St Kitts & Nevis Patriots out for 141.
This will be Jamaica Tallawahs’ first match, and they will hope for similar success to this fixture last season when Andre Russell’s all-round heroics powered them to a stunning high-scoring victory.
Trinbago Knight Riders lost the toss last time out and could follow the trend of fielding first at the Queen’s Park Oval should they win the toss this time out.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Hot conditions, in the high 20s, with only a very small chance of rain and generally just cloudy conditions should make for a decent evening’s cricket.
Port of Spain has favored seam bowling in recent times, on an otherwise balanced wicket – the pacemen have dominated the wickets to have fallen in recent matches.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Trinbago Knight Riders
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jimmy Neesham, Seekkuge Prasanna, Tion Webster, Mohammad Hasnain, Javon Searles, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Jamaica Tallawahs
Trinbago Knight Riders
- Kieron Pollard was the marquee signing for this year’s tournament and the Knight Riders’ captain top-scored in the first game to prove his worth.
- They lacked runs at the top of the order but, with Colin Munro still away, Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine are likely to open the batting again.
- Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders opened with a win this CPL 2019.
- Kieron Pollard top-scored with 47 as the Knight Riders overcame a tricky start to set St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 153 to win their first game.
- In reply, Mohammad Hasnain and Jimmy Neesham took three wickets each and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots were all out for 141.
- Jamaica Tallawahs retained Andre Russell for this season and added the not inconsiderable talents of Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton, who both return to the Tallawahs after being part of their previous title-winning teams.
- Gayle will the captain the team, but the Tallawahs have been forced into a couple of changes – Kennar Lewis replacing USA international Xavier Marshall and Jerome Taylor being selected in place of Amad Butt. Butt has domestic commitments, while Marshall is unavailable due to international commitments.
- Jamaica Tallawahs finished third in the league table last season, only missing out on the top two on net run rate.
- That proved costly, however – the Tallawahs unable to defend 191/5 (after Glenn Phillips’ century) – in the eliminator against St Kitts & Nevis.
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