CPL 2023 Eliminator | SLK vs JAM- Top Captain and Vice-captain Picks
Mohammad Amir is an important part of the Jamaica Tallawahs bowling attack (Source: Twitter)
The 2023 edition of the Caribbean Premier League moves to its playoff stages as St Lucia Kings and Jamaica Tallawahs see each other in the Eliminator of the biggest party in the Caribbean. The Providence Stadium, Guyana will be staging the event on September 20, 4:30 AM IST.
The Kings finished at the third position in the league table with ten points from as many matches. They won four games and two of the games were abandoned due to rain. In their latest clash, the Sikandar Raza-led unit saw a heavy defeat against their upcoming oppositions i.e. Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Imad Wasim-led community made a fierce comeback after facing five back-to-back defeats halfway through the league stages. Their final two victories helped the side to secure nine points from ten matches, finishing fourth in the group stages.
It's a must-win encounter for both sides. The one wins, progresses to the second qualifier while the loser faces elimination. Now, let us have a look at the top captain and vice-captain picks for this important clash.
CPL 2023 Eliminator, SLK vs JAM: Venue Analysis
The surface at the Providence Stadium suits the spinners more than the pacers. Batting conditions are usually friendly at the first half and degrades as the game progresses. Playing spin becomes a bit challenging here.
CPL 2023 Eliminator, SLK vs JAM: Toss Factor
Toss has played an important factor in the last few games played at the venue. It's likely to be a factor in the upcoming games too. The toss winning skipper may chose to bat first.
Scenario: If SLK wins the toss
Sikandar Raza may look to bat first as the last time things did not pan out well when they batted second on this particular venue. In that case, Sikandar Raza and Roston Chase are going to be an important assets with respect to fantasy teams.
Scenario: If JAM wins the toss
If Imad Wasim wins the toss they would like to replicate their latest performance against the Kings. Wasim himself is going to be a key asset along with other names such as Mohammad Amir, Chris Green and Alex Hales.
CPL 2023 Eliminator, SLK vs JAM: Top Captain and Vice-captain Picks
If SLK bats first
The Pakistan-born Zimbabwean all-rounders has blown hot and cold in the tournament. However, he is a proven performer in this format and one may expect him t o fire all guns when it matters the most. Raza can delivery with both bat and ball in hand and therefore is a force to reckon with.
The West Indies all-rounder is an utility off-spinner in these kind of tracks where the ball turns and comes to the bat slow. He has bagged 11 wickets from eight innings so far in the competition. Chase is also a very sensible batter; has notched up handy runs too.
If JAM bats first
The left-arm quick has been brilliant with the ball for the Tallawahs this season. He scalped 15 wickets from eight innings and is the team's leading wicket-taker. The Pakistan vintage pacer was seen to swing the ball into the right hander, creating doubts in the batter's mind. In addition, Amir was clearing the clutter late in the innings. Hence, he can be a very good choice for captain or vice-captain.
The batting conditions remain preferably assistive to the batters at the start of the match. In that case, Alex Hales is someone who can make the most out of it. The Englishman also smashed a sizzling century in their latest game against the same opposition.
CPL 2023 Eliminator, SLK vs JAM: Big Risk, Big Return Choice
The left-arm orthodox spinner showed glimpses of prowess with the bat lower down the order in the recent game against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. His cameo of 33* from 18 balls acted as a catalyst to the team's total. Allen is also a brilliant fielder and his bowling soothes with the conditions of Providence.