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Toss Winner - St Lucia Kings won the toss and chose to bowl first
Jamaica Tallawahs beat St Lucia Kings by 120 runs
Big Test for St Lucia Kings’ new setup
Jamaica Tallawahs to win
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League T20 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 3rd game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021, and the Jamaica Tallawahs would be up against the St Lucia Kings. This would be the first game of the season for both the sides, and they would be eager to start with a win. The Tallawahs had been knocked out in the semi-finals last year while the side from St Lucia had its best season finishing as runner up.
The Tallawahs have a power packed batting line-up and they shall look to make the best out of it in the opening game of the season. For St Lucia Kings which has several new players in the squad for the season it would all be about repeating their performance from the last year. Being the first game for the two sides it would be exciting to see how they fare as past performances would count little here.
Rovman Powell’s side didn’t have the best of tournament last year where they won just three out of the 10 league games the side played. They did make it to the semifinals but lost out. Their batsmen and bowlers struggled in the last game and lacked consistency. Powell shall want to put this behind and come up with a better show in the opening game this year.
The side would look for a good start from the new opening pair of Chadwick Walton and Haider Ali. The onus would be on them to deliver the goods at the top. The middle order is strong with Powell, Shamarh Brooks and the hard-hitting Andre Russell in the side. They would also be expecting fireworks from the bat of Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Green and Migael Pretorius down the order.
The side would hope to see a good show from Fidel Edwards who is likely to share the new ball with Veerasammy Permaul. Qais Ahmed comes into the side with the promise of strengthening their bowling which looked bad last year. The side would also like to see Russell, Green and Brathwaite make good use of their experience and keep the opponents to a small total.
Rovman Powell (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Veerasammy Permaul, Fidel Edwards, Chadwick Walton (wk), Qais Ahmed, Chris Green, Haider Ali, Shamarh Brooks, Migael Pretorius
Chadwick Walton, Carlos Brathwaite, Christopher Green, Rovman Powell, Imran Khan, Haider Ali, Migael Pretorius, Kennar Lewis, Veerasammy Permaul, Shamarh Brooks, Andre Russell
From bottom hunters of the points table to runner-up the side had its best ever performance last year. But there have been several changes and the side is now St Lucia Kings from Zouks last year. Faf du Plessis comes in as skipper after Darren Sammy hung up his boots and he would be eager to start off with a win. It remains to be seen how the new look side performs in this game.
The opening pair of Rahkeem Cornwall and Mark Deyal had enjoyed a good run last year and they would look to set up a strong platform here. The middle order is strong with Andre Fletcher, Faf du Plessis and Roston Chase having years of experience under their belt. Down the order the side would like to see good show from the likes of Kesrick Williams, Tim David and Obed McCoy.
It is a new look bowling attack for the side, and they would like to see early wickets in the game from Alzarri Joseph and Wahab Riaz. They need to bowl well against the strong batting unit that Tallawahs have. Obed McCoy and Usman Qadir would be tasked with keeping the middle overs under control and also like to have support from Kesrick Williams and Deyal.
Faf du Plessis (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Tim David, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Obed McCoy, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph
Obed McCoy, Faf du Plessis, Mark Deyal, Usman Qadir, ADS Fletcher, Tim David, Kesrick Williams, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Wahab Riaz, Keemo Paul
It would be clear skies over St Kitts on August 27 and we hope to see a good game here. The pitch here is known for having good pace and bounce and allows batsmen to play their strokes. Fast bowlers are likely to find these conditions here tough for bowling, and the side batting first would be happy to set a score in excess of 170 runs.
Warner Park, St Kitts is a great venue for batsmen, and we have seen lots of runs being made here due to the flat nature of the surface. There is hardly any support for the fast bowlers on this surface. Spinners who flight the ball do get the rewards, but it is overall a good venue to put up a big score on the board.
Most teams prefer to bowl first in this format of the game and being the first game for the two sides we expect the trend to continue. The side winning the toss would like to put the opposition to bat and hope to get them out for a low total.
For the St Lucia Kings it will be all about getting their group of players especially the bowling unit to work in tandem. They have a good batting unit, but it is their bowlers who are likely to decide the fate for the side. The Tallawahs come here with one of the strongest batting sides in the tournament with big hitters of the ball and this would make them favorites to win the contest.
Jamaica Tallawahs to win
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