Head to Head Record:
Jamaica Tallawahs wins : 4
Trinbago Knight Riders wins: 3
The Jamaica Tallawahs win take on the Trinbago Knight Riders in Match number 7 of the 2016 season of the Caribbean Premier League. The Jamaica Tallawahs will be looking to make it two wins from two matches and they and the Guyana Amazon Warriors are the only unbeaten teams left in the tournament. Last season the Trinbago Knight Riders defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs twice from their 3 matches and even beat the Tallawahs in the Playoffs which gave Trinidad the momentum to Carry on to win the title.
TKR coach Simon Helmot feels that throughout the tournament so far his team have been in the mix to win all three of their matches, the issue was how they started with both bat and ball.
“We have been in winning positions in all three games. It is fair to say that we have to improve our PowerPlay bowling and probably with the bat in the PowerPlays, we just haven’t been starting as consistently as we need to.
“We have had some great partnerships, some great individual scores, Sunil Narine has been bowling brilliantly and in patches we have been bowling well, we just haven’t galvanised the whole 20 overs together. We believe we should have won all of our games and we will be looking to see how we can bowl defensively and attackingly in those first six overs.”
Helmot made it very clear that they are not overly concerned with how things have gone so far, things need to improve but the season is still young and there is time for the Hero CPL holders to put themselves in a position to retain their title.
“We were in a similar position last year, we lost the first couple of games and we had a washout and only one win. Hopefully we can make sure we stay nice and confident and calm. We have a good group, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, our chief mentor in Jacques Kallis, it keeps the dressing room nice and calm. There is no panic, we have good people in our rooms.”
For the Jamaica Tallawahs they will be looking to rely on Andre Russell who has a strike rate of 300 at the Queens Park Oval and they will also be looking at Dale Steyn to apply the sting to the Knight Riders batsmen. If the Jamaica Tallawahs win this game, they will cement themselves in the top 3 of the table.