About the Match
The Tridents defeated Hawksbills by 5 wickets in their recent encounter on 19th July to open their account with 2 points; they now face the Zouks, who are at the bottom of the table with zero points, on 23rd July at Bridgetown. Though the competition is still in the early stages, teams are fighting it out with great enthusiasm and we surely have an interesting contest coming up between these two sides.
Chasing 172 runs put by the Hawksbills, Shoaib Malik was in good nick as he posted 72 off 50 balls before getting run-out; the openers Smith and Dowrich also were in good form though they couldn’t take their partnership beyond 31 runs at which time Malik played the anchor’s role in steadying the innings. Pollard performed better this time with a 21 off 15 deliveries and with the lower order’s contribution, the Tridents made it through winning the match by 5 wickets and 4 balls to spare. The bowlers gave away too many runs and except for Ravi Rampaul’s 4-32, the others had a hard time containing the run-flow and getting regular wickets. In the last match too, barring Rampaul, the rest of the bowlers struggled and will need to work as a unit to get the better of the opponents. The batsmen need to be consistent and build strong partnerships whether in chasing or setting a target. A good strategy and better use of resources can surely take the Tridents higher up the ladder in the upcoming matches.
St. Lucia Zouks
While in their first match against Tallawahs, the bowlers failed to defend a good target set by the batsmen, in the second match against the Warriors, the batsmen succumbed to pressure and could muster only 117 runs batting first. While Davids, Fletcher and Charles had built foundation with good knocks in the previous match, all the three were out on 19th with just 29 runs on board. Sammy’s decision to come down the order didn’t work out for them as the middle order collapsed like a pack of cards; Sohail Tanvir coming in at No.8 used his experience to post a good 32 off 25 balls and along with Mathew, who scored 21 off 10 deliveries, took the total to 117 runs which was hardly sufficient against the Warriors. The bowling had no teeth in its attack and runs were leaked to make matters worse; the team continues to show gaps in its bowling squad and unless they come up with a better strategy, things look bleak for this team. They need to regroup and come out all guns blazing if they want to course correct and reap the benefits of having talented players in their team.
The Tridents will be jubilant with their first victory of the tournament and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum. Though the match could swing either way, from their recent performances it looks like an easy win for the Tridents.
Barbados Tridents, 1.61 @ Bet365