Who will win Jamaica vs Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL)?
Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders play their second consecutive home game at the start of the 2018 Caribbean Premier League when they face Jamaica Tallawahs. The match is scheduled for August 10 and the live action begins at 20:00 local time.
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The chasing team tends to fare better at the Queen's Park Oval, but Trinbago batted first and set a record-breaking score last time out - that may signal a change in tactics at the toss.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs (CPL).
Trinbago Knight Riders Team News & Playing 11
TKR Team News
American international Ali Khan was given the nod for the opening game, opening the bowling as Kevon Cooper missed out. Blessed with batting talent, Sunil Narine retained his opening spot, with Colin Munro at three and Brendon McCullum at four. There is no reason they will change that against Jamaica Tallawahs, with Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo providing late impetus at six and seven.
TKR Key Players
Colin Munro scored 366 runs in last season's CPL and has hit the ground running in this one - coming in at number three to hit 68 from 48 balls, including nine fours and one six, in the opening game.
Denesh Ramdin also hit a half-century - scoring four sixes in his unbeaten 27-ball knock. It marks a return to form for the West Indian wicket-keeper, who was scoring well against Pakistan and the World XI a few months ago but did not deliver in the Global T20 Canada.
On the bowling side, Dwayne Bravo took 16 wickets last year and has three already this time. Only Shannon Gabriel was expensive with the ball, but Bravo's figures of 3-11 from three overs were the most economical in the team.
Fawad Ahmed continued the form he showed in picking up 14 wickets at the Global T20 Canada, meanwhile. He claimed 3-16 from four overs, including bowling 16 dot balls.
TKR Team Form
Trinbago Knight Riders were crowned champions last year, winning eight of their ten games before beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final - avenging their play-off defeat to the same opposition, which left them having to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors to book their own final place.
And two of their star players in that triumph, Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo, picked up where they left off in this year's tournament - Munro again in the runs and Bravo again in the wickets as they thrashed St Lucia Stars by 100 runs at the Queen's Park Oval. TKR posted 195/6 and dismissed the visitors for 95 from 17.3 overs in reply.
Trinbago Knight Riders Predicted Playing 11
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Javon Scantlebury-Searles, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed, Ali Khan
Jamaica Tallawahs Team News & Playing 11
JT Team News
Shahid Afridi will miss the 2018 Caribbean Premier League due to rehabilitation following a persistent injury. The veteran former Pakistan international's absence means Imad Wasim will lead the spin bowling attack - the Pakistan T20i player of the year last season. With Kumar Sangakarra, Lendl Simmons, Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami all moving on, Jamaica have signed the returning Andre Russell and bolstered their batting line-up with the additions of Ross Taylor and David Miller.
JT Key Players
Andre Russell will captain the Jamaica Tallawahs on his return to the CPL, and does so after scoring 99 runs in the three T20 internationals for the West Indies against Bangaldesh. He also scored plenty in the Global T20 Canada and picked up wickets too.
New additions David Miller and Ross Taylor provide plenty of firepower, meanwhile. Miller averages 35.54 in T20 matches, at a strike rate of 138.32, while Taylor's most recent T20 action was for New Zealand against Australia.
With the ball, Imad Wasim now leads the spin bowling attack. The Welsh-born Pakistan international claimed four wickets in five games last season but more impressive was his economy rate of 5.35 runs per over.
Krishmar Santokie took 14 wickets in ten matches last season, meanwhile, and was the only Jamaica bowler to bowl a maiden in last year's Caribbean Premier League too.
JT Team Form
Jamaica Tallawahs finished third in the league stage of last season's CPL - just one point behind second-placed St Kitts and Nevis Patriots - after winning six of their ten matches.
In the play-offs, they faced Guyana Amazon Warriors - who they had lost to by nine wickets in their final group match too - and posted 168/8 from their 20 overs; Kumar Sangakarra hit 57 not out but Rashid Khan's hat-trick pinned them back. In reply, the Warriors had 13 balls to spare when they sealed a five-wicket win - despite Mahmadullah's 3/25 from four overs.
Jamaica Tallawahs Predicted Playing 11
Steven Taylor, Glenn Phillips, David Millar, Andre McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Ross Taylor, Andre Russell Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree, Imad Wasim, Steven Jacobs
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
TKR : W W W L L
JT : L L W L W
TKR vs JT Head to Head
Tkr vs Jt Head to Head
Jamaica Tallawahs have a good record against Trinbago Knight Riders, winning eight of their 12 previous matches in the Caribbean Premier League.
At Port of Spain last year, Colin Munro hit 41 from 25 balls as Trinbago set Jamaica 148 to win, but Kumar Sangakarra led the Tallawahs home with four balls and four wickets to spare. In Jamaica, however, in their most recent meeting, the Knight Riders – with Brendon McCullum scoring 91 from 62 balls – posted 208/6 from their 20 overs. Javon Searles claimed three wickets in reply, as Kumar Sagakarra’s half-century proved in vain in a total of 172/7.
Jamaica vs Trinbago Knight Riders Betting Odds
Trinbago Knight Riders are odds-on favourites to follow up their big opening-day win when they face Jamaica Tallawahs. Betfair are offering 1.53 on the Knight Riders to win, while Jamaica Tallawahs are priced at 2.50.
Colin Munro top scored for Trinbago last time out, and is 3.75 to do so again against Jamaica. Chris Lynn will open the batting, however, and he can be backed to top score at 3.60 with Betfair.
Dwayne Bravo is 3.75 to be the Knight Riders’ top wicket taker, meanwhile, which is generous given he took three last time out and was top wicket taker for TKR in last year’s competition.
Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Prediction
Trinbago Knight Riders made a blistering start to this year’s Caribbean Premier League and will be keen to follow that up against a much-changed Jamaica Tallawahs side.
Final Verdict: Back Trinbago Knight Riders to beat Jamaica Tallawahs at 1.53 with Betfair.