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Toss Winner - Barbados Royals won the toss and chose to bowl first
Barbados Royals beat St Lucia Kings by 6 wickets
Saint Lucia Kings out to stop the Barbados juggernaut
Our prediction is for Barbados Royals to win the match
Tournament: Caribbean Premier League T20 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, West Indies | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Barbados Royals are on a winning streak with three consecutive wins so far this season. Last season, the Royals finished at the bottom of the points table. This year, they are unbeaten so far and look promising.
Faf du Plessis, the captain of defending champions, Saint Lucia Kings, must be relieved after his team registered their first win of the season. The Saint Lucia middle-order continues to disappoint in spite of some really big names in the batting lineup.
Kings won by a very narrow margin of 2 wickets and 1 ball to spare as they chased down 164 runs against Jamaica Tallawahs. While it may be their home venue here in Saint Lucia, the Kings have to prepare for the Barbados challenge as the visitors come in with a strong bowling momentum.
Barbados Royals have variety in their bowling attack and their recent performance will have boosted their confidence even further.
The depth in this batting lineup came to the rescue in the last game as Tim David, Roshon Primus, and David Wiese made small contributions in the run chase after the middle-order collapsed.
However, it was the mighty Johnson Charles who played the significant knock of 62 runs off 39 balls. The strike rates of Tim David and Roshon Primus will be a concern for Faf du Plessis going ahead in the league.
The all-rounders in the lower order are expected to play the finisher’s role. Their presence would allow the top-order batsmen like Charles and du Plessis to adopt a more aggressive approach at the start of the innings. The changes in the batting order have also affected Saint Lucia Kings and kept them from building momentum. Faf du Plessis needs to figure out the top 4 and keep them constant throughout the rest of the league stage.
The bowling attack is the best news for Saint Lucia given the variety and the consistency of the key bowlers. Alzarri Joseph, David Wiese, and Kuggeleijn are the ones to watch out for.
Johnson Charles, Faf du Plessis (c), Roston Chase, Ackeem Auguste, Tim David, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), David Wiese, Roshon Primus, Alzarri Joseph, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jeavor Royal
Niroshan Dickwella, Timothy David, Faf du Plessis, Mark Deyal, David Wiese, Alzarri Joseph, Ackeem Auguste, Roshon Primus, Roston Chase, Johnson Charles, Scott Kuggeleijn
A brilliant knock from skipper David Miller saw Barbados put on a big total of 194 runs batting first against the Knight Riders. The top 3 batters in the Royals lineup scored 52, 44, and 60 runs respectively. This is huge in the context of this game as the opposition is already struggling with the bat. An in-form top-order makes a deep batting lineup more impactful.
Unlike the Kings, the Royals can get the most out of their lower-order batters like Jason Holder and Devon Thomas. This will be the second match of this season between Kings and Royals, with the latter having won on the previous occasion.
The pace trio of Oshane Thomas, Obed McCoy, and Jason Holder forms a strong bowling attack that is likely to pose a tough challenge to the Kings. The likes of Devon Thomas and Kyle Mayers add variety to this bowling attack. Mayers was critical in getting through the Saint Lucia batting order in their last encounter.
While the opposition may come in prepared for Mayes this time, one thing is clear - Miller’s experiments with his team selections have worked a lot better than this South African teammate, Faf du Plessis.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Kyle Mayers, Devon Thomas, David Miller (c), Corbin Bosch, Azam Khan, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas
Obed McCoy, Quinton de Kock, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Corbin Bosch, Kyle Mayers, David Miller, Azam Khan, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas
The weather forecast for Gros Islet is light showers with a high of 26 degrees Celsius. Though Barbados Royals scored big in their last outing here, the pitch is not a great one for batting and bowlers are likely to find more help.
The Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet will host this CPL match. In international T20 matches, teams batting first and second have an almost equal number of wins. That explains why Barbados Royals could pile on such a high-score batting first. Though it is a rarity, there have been a few games where teams batting first at this ground have crossed the 170-run mark.
The teams winning the toss have opted to bowl first in both of the games played at this venue so far. The average 1st innings score at this venue is less than 170 runs, and that makes bowling first a great option for the team winning the toss.
Considering the current form of both teams, and comparing their bowling and batting strengths, our prediction finds Barbados Royals to have a clear advantage over Saint Lucia Kings. David Miller has been successful in all of the changes he’s made to the side. Whereas, many changes in the Kings’ batting order have left most of their players clueless with no one taking responsibility for scoring runs even in a run chase.
Our prediction is for Barbados Royals to win the match
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