Our Prediction: St. Lucia Zouks to win, 1.91 Bet on St. Lucia Zouks to win for Real Money
Three consecutive wins by Zouks at home has propelled them to the 3rd position; they have 8 points now and will take on Riders at Gros Islet on 26th July. The Riders lost their last game against Tallawahs and are in the 5th spot with only 6 points and they will be eager to bounce back here. The Zouks who had a rough patch in between have had a terrific run recently, defeating Patriots, Tridents and Warriors convincingly; it needs to be seen if they are yet again successful in dominating the Riders, who they had defeated in the opening game of the series.
Charles came out with a bang as he scored an unbeaten 94 off 52, showering 7 sixes and 5 boundaries against Warriors, helping chase 160 and win the match by 9 wickets. Watson is also in good form as he posted a well-made 57 from 39 balls, to reach the target with almost 4 overs to spare. Earlier, the fast-bowlers were effective in stifling the opposition as Taylor and Watson claimed 2 wickets each while Sammy dismissed the dangerous-looking Smith in the 16th over.
The batsmen have shown tremendous determination, chasing targets with ease; Charles, Watson, Fletcher and Miller can contribute well in the top-order while Sammy and Hussey can stabilize the innings in the middle. Previously, they chased down 131 against Tridents thanks to an 88-run opening stand between Charles and Fletcher; against Patriots, it was Sammy’s brilliant 59 off 35 that powered them to a challenging 174, which the bowlers led by Johnson defended easily.
The players are doing well in all departments of the game; speedsters like Johnson, who took 3-37 against Patriots, Morkel, Taylor, Watson, Sammy and Elliott bring depth and variety to the attack while the batting unit continues to build steady partnerships to win matches.
Despite Amla’s outstanding 42 off 36, the Riders failed to chase down 159 runs against Tallawahs after they succumbed to Russel’s superb pace attack; Denesh Ramdin was the only other players to put up a decent fight as he scored 31 off 24 but others like McCullum, Munro, Umar Akmal and Bravo failed to impress with the bat. Kevon Cooper provided quick breakthroughs as he registered a figure of 3-22 and Bravo and spinner Sunil Narine took 3 wickets between; they can continue with their wicket-taking abilities and disciplined spells here.
When they met Zouks previously, the bowlers had failed to restrict batsmen like Charles, Miller and Fletcher; this time they can come back with a better strategy to break partnerships with help from spinners Benn, Devcich and Narine while speedsters Beaton, Cooper and Bravo can outwit the opponents with their pace.
In the match against Tridents, Munro had steered the team to victory with a brilliant 68 off 39 that consisted of 6 big sixes; Amla, Bravo and Perkins had contributed well and they can repeat the feat.
The Zouks have scored a hat-trick win by defeating strong teams recently and they are the favorites here; however, Riders, who are in dire need of a win, will put up a good fight and are capable of causing an upset. Considering their recent run, we think St. Lucia will emerge victorious here.
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