St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ big battle to end losing run against Zouks!
St Lucia Zouks to win the game!
|Trinbago Knight Riders||2||2||0||0||0||4||0.584|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||2||1||1||0||0||2||0.616|
|St Lucia Zouks||2||1||1||0||0||2||-0.036|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||2||0||2||0||0||0||-0.826|
The Caribbean Premier League 2020 has already seen some close games and we have had good action from the field. In the 7th game, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots would be taking on the St Lucia Zouks in what would be an important game for both the sides. The Patriots have lost both the games so far and need to win this one to reduce the pressure of the points table. The Zouks, on the other hand, can move up the points table with a win here.
In the games played between the two sides so far in the tournament, the Patriots have had the upper hand winning 5 and losing 3 games over the years. But the Patriots are struggling at the moment and the Zouks seem like a team that is using its resources well. It is an open game and the side that is able to hold on to its nerves is likely to emerge as the winners here.
Things haven’t just gone right for Rayad Emrit’s side. The side has already lost both its games so far and needs to win this one to avoid sitting at the bottom of the points table. While some of their players have done well, they have failed to fire as a team and this is something the skipper would be hoping for going into this game.
Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis will need to convert their starts into big scores which they have failed to do in both games opening the batting for the side. Nick Kelly and Denesh Ramdin will need to score runs and not throw away their wickets. Ben Dunk has looked in good form in both the games and this will add to the confidence in the camp. Jahmar Hamilton and Emrit will have to do the heavy lifting towards the end which hasn’t been the case so far.
Their bowling attack has had a slightly better show and the side will expect early wickets with the new ball from Sheldon Cottrell and Jon-Russ Jaggesar. They did well in the last game. Emrit has impressed with his bowling so far and shall look to carry that form. Dominic Drakes and Ish Sodhi need to bowl tighter lines for the side to do well and not leak runs and concede the advantage in this game.
Rayad Emrit (c), Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, Ben Dunk, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Nick Kelly, Jahmar Hamilton, Dominic Drakes, Ish Sodhi, Sheldon Cottrell, Jon-Russ Jaggesar
Darren Sammy’s side comes into this game after a big win against the defending champions Barbados Tridents. In a rain-reduced game they won by 7 wickets against the Tridents under the DLS method. Sammy would like his side to do well in this game and get over the poor record they have against the Patriots.
Openers Andre Fletcher and Rakheem Cornwall did well in the last game where they had just 5 overs to bat and shall look to play longer innings in the next game. In Mark Deyal and Roston Chase, they have in-form players in the middle. Najibullah Zardan and Mohammad Nabi can do the big-hitting, and having Sammy and Scott Kuggelejin down the order adds to the depth of this batting line-up.
It was an impressive show from their bowlers in the last game with Saad Bin Zafar, Roston Chase and Mohammad Nabi bowling extremely well. The side would, however, expect a better show from Obed McCoy who has gone for runs in both the games. Kesrick Williams and Scott Kuggelejin shall look to tighten their line in the next game as this will make them a potent bowling attack.
Daren Sammy (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Najibullah Zardan, Mohammad Nabi, Scott Kuggelejin, Saad Bin Zafar, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||3.86 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||3.55 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||3.15 k/h||From: SSE||99%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||3 k/h||From: SSE||98%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||3.25 k/h||From: SSE||94%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||3.29 k/h||From: SSE||95%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: S||96%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||1.88 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
The weather prediction for August 21 at Trinidad doesn’t look encouraging as we might see another spell of rain. The pitch so far has offered assistance to the bowlers and batsmen have found it hard to hit the ball. They need to be watchful and get their eyes in before playing their strokes. The side that bats first would be happy with a score above 165 runs on this wicket.
Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad balances it out between the batsmen and bowlers as there is support for the fast bowlers in the early overs but the shorter boundaries also offer plenty of hitting opportunities to the batsmen. The odd ball on this surface stops on the batsmen and this tends to assist the spinners who have done well here.
In most of the games, we have seen the side winning the toss opting to bowl first. The pitch hasn’t allowed batsmen to play freely right at the start and quick wickets at the top can put pressure in the side batting first. Hence, we hope to see the side winning the toss opting to bowl and apply pressure on the opponent.
St Lucia Zouks are coming into this game after an impressive win against the Barbados Tridents and this will add to the confidence in the camp. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the other hand, would be under a lot of pressure having already lost both their games and need to win this one to regain their confidence. Both the sides are well-matched in terms of their respective strengths but going by the current form and momentum, we expect the St Lucia Zouks to start favourites in this game.
St Lucia Zouks to win the game!