2018 Caribbean Premier League – Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 11th August, 01:00 (UK)

Where? Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain

Weather? 29-30c with rain expected earlier in the day but should have cleared by the start time

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://wi.bookmyshow.com/sports/caribbean-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Trinbago Knight Riders W4, Jamaica Tallawahs W8

THE TEAM NEWS

TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS

Coach: Simon Katich

Captain: Dwayne Bravo

  • The Knight Riders opened their CPL campaign with a stunning performance in the opening match as they hammered the St Lucia Stars by 100 runs as they impressed with the bat whilst DJ Bravo and Fawad Ahmed took three wickets apiece.

  • The depth of batting was evident as several key men like Lynn, Narine, Darren Bravo and McCullum did not particularly do much but Munro and Ramdin hit half-centuries to take them to 195/6 which suggests they still have room for improvement.

  • It is unlikely they will make many changes if any to the starting 11 and they will be motivated to face one of their arch rivals in the competition with the Tallawahs expected to be one of their main challengers for the title.

JAMAICA TALLAWAHS

Coach: Mark O'Donnell

Captain: Andre Russell

  • These two teams are the only franchises to have won the CPL title twice and after the Knight Riders won last season, the Tallawahs will be keen to bounce back and regain the crown after finishing fourth last season.

  • They have been dealt a blow by the loss of Shahid Afridi to injury and he will be replaced by Adam Zampa, but while the talented Aussie spinner is on a par with the ball, he does not possess the firepower with the bat like Afridi and is not available just yet.

  • Andre Russell returns to the CPL after missing last season due to a doping ban, and he will skipper the side which is a big boost while the reliance on Kiwi Ross Taylor with the bat will be significant especially while David Miller is unavailable until his international duty with South Africa comes to an end.

THE PREDICTION

This will be a fascinating match-up between two teams that should be competing for the crown at the end of the tournament. The Knight Riders were scary good in the opening match against St Lucia, but the Stars were as bad as they were good. The Tallawahs should offer a tougher test, but they are without the injured Afridi, his replacement Zampa is not available just yet, and David Miller cannot join up with them neither so this may be a tough start for them until they have all their stars at their disposal.