Just a day after meeting for the first time in the tournament, Jamaica and Trinbago are set to play their reverse fixture as well, such is the weird and cramped up nature of the schedule.
In Sunday night’s meeting, Jamaica lost and slipped to fifth on the points table, with two wins in five outings so fat in CPL 2021. They, however, have at least a game in hand over their rivals.
Sunday’s defeat was all due to the collective failure of their top and middle-order batsmen. Their top five combined for a total of 11 runs, and until Imad Wasim (42), Carlos Brathwaite (58) and Andre Russell’s unbeaten 20 did not rescue their innings, a historically low total was on the cards.
From 15-5 to 144-7 was more than commendable but it doesn’t hide the fact that the Tallawahs have problems up top.
Such a total has been defended on slow and sluggish Warner park wicket before but Jamaica could not make a match out of it and lost by seven wickets.
Trinbago Knight Riders
The foundation of Trinbago’s win was laid by their bowlers but then they had also allowed Jamaica a way back in.
As explained above, modest targets such as 145 have been difficult to attain in CPL 2021 at times, but it wasn’t to be this time, and it was all due to Lendl Simmons.
The veteran batsman was in superb form as he smacked 70 off 45 to make sure there were no surprises on the night as Trinbago collected two points to move to third on the points table.
They now have six points from as many games and need a run of victories to dissipate their hot and cold form so far.
The trend for them has been a victory followed by a defeat so far and it has followed for six straight matches. By that account, they should lose the next game but they really shouldn’t as they are the better side.