About the Match
The Tridents yet again couldn’t tame the Riders and lost the match by 7 wickets on Saturday; they are placed 4th with 5 points and will now take on Zouks, who are tottering at the bottom of the table with just 2 points, on 17th July at Bridgetown. The Zouks have lost two games consecutively and need a win now to start climbing up; on the other hand, Tridents who were on a winning roll will be eager to bounce back from this loss before it’s too late. Both teams have strong players who can prove to be match-winners for the side; it needs to be seen which team can emerge victorious on Sunday.
A superb show by the top-order batsmen Shoaib Malik, AB de Villiers and Pollard took the team to 172 at the end of the innings batting first against Riders; however, the bowlers proved to be too expensive and could only get 3 breakthroughs with the wickets, losing the match by 7 wickets. Parnell and Rampaul took 3 wickets between them but they couldn’t contain the run-flow of the opposition; the bowling squad has good spinners like Akeal Hosein and Peterson but they too couldn’t impress much with the ball.
AB de Villiers coming back to form proved to be a good sign for the team when they won the match twice against Patriots thanks to his splendid 82 off 54 in the previous game; Nicholas Pooran, Pollard, Malik and all-rounder Wayne Parnell provide stability in the middle order and can definitely push the boundaries and sixes to steer the team to victory.
They have a well-balanced pace and spin attack with bowlers like Rampaul, Parnell, Imran Khan, David Wiese and Reifer, who can outwit the opponents with their fast-bowling skills. They do have the resources to make a comeback after losing to Riders a second time.
St. Lucia Zouks
They suffered defeat against Warriors despite a good show by Michael Hussey wherein he scored 64 off 51; others like Shane Watson, Johnson Charles, David Miller and Grant Elliott couldn’t get the big runs and they could post only 138, which the bowlers found impossible to defend. Watson and Charles put up a 90-run opening stand against Patriots during chase for 204 runs but others down the line fell like a pack of cards and they were all-out for just 145 on board.
Watson has been consistent with the ball as he claimed 3-36 against Patriots and stifled the opponents in the last outing with a disciplined spell; along with spinners like Shillingford, Nitish Kumar, Ramsaran and Davis and pace attack of Morkel and Sammy, the Zouks have a pretty strong bowling line-up that can outwit the opponents here on Sunday.
Overall, they have the required talent and determination to bounce back after two consecutive defeats; batsmen like Hussey, Miller, Fletcher, Watson and Charles will definitely put their best foot forward in trying to build the foundation whether batting first or during chase.
The contest could surely go down to the wire with the batsmen from both sides bringing out all their firepower; while the hosts are the favourites here, we feel that the Zouks can overcome the Tridents batsmen with their unique spin combination