Cricket fans will witness another intriguing affair between finalists of last season, Jamaica Tallawahs (JAM) and Barbados Royals (BR), in Match 5 of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 on Sunday, August 20 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
The defending champions – Jamaica Tallawahs got off to a fine start in the new season as they defeated Saint Lucia Kings by 11 runs in a high-scoring encounter. Brandon King continued from where he left against India in the fifth T20I as he scored an enterprising 81 in 53 balls. A lot of batters got starts but couldn’t capitalize, but the captain helped Tallawahs post a daunting 187 in 20 overs. In reply, Roston Chase and Roshon Primus made things interesting in the end. However, Salman Irshad bowled the 20th over and gave away just seven runs to help JAM win the thrilling affair.
Barbados Royals, on the other hand, suffered a 54-run defeat against Saint Lucia Kings in the second game of the season. The Kings opted to bat first after winning the toss and posted 201/6 in 20 overs. Jason Holder was the standout bowler as he picked up a four-for, conceding 38 runs in the process in his four overs. With the bat, Royals batters couldn’t get going as they were reduced to 89/8 at one stage before being bowled out for 147. Nyeem Young was the only one who got a substantial score as he was dismissed for a 39-ball 48.
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League 2023
Match: Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Royals, Match 5
Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Date & Time: Sunday, August 20, 07:30 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports Network and FanCode
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium Pitch Report:
High scores have been the norm at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. In the first two matches of CPL 2023, the average first innings score is 194. Both the matches have been won by teams batting first and the captain to win the toss should look to bat first and post a total in excess of 190 to be in the driver’s seat.
Probable Playing XI:
Jamaica Tallawahs (JAM)
Brandon King (C), Kirk McKenzie, Shamarh Brooks, Amir Jangoo (wk), Raymon Reifer, Fabian Allen, Imad Wasim, Chris Green, Mohammad Amir, Nicholson Gordon, Salman Irshad
Barbados Royals (BR)
Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Alick Athanaze, Kevin Wickham, Rovman Powell (C), Jason Holder, Donavon Ferreira (wk), Nyeem Young, Qais Ahmad, Joshua Bishop, Obed McCoy
JAM vs BR Head-to-Head:
Played – 21, Jamaica Tallawahs – 11, Barbados Royals – 9, NR – 1
Probable Top Performers
Probable Best Batter of the Match:
Brandon King – Jamaica Tallawahs
Brandon King scored a majestic 85* off 55 balls in the fifth T20I against India and followed it up with a 53-ball 81 in the opening game of CPL 2023. The stylish right-handed batter is the man in form for JAM and will be looking to build on his purple patch against the Royals’ bowling attack.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Jason Holder – Barbados Royals
The most experienced bowler in the R side won the Player of the Match award in the first T20I against India and he picked up four wickets in the encounter against Saint Lucia Kings. His variations could come in handy against the powerful batters in the JAM lineup, especially in the lower-middle order.
Today’s Match Prediction – Barbados Royals to Win the Match