About the Match
The Tallawahs lost their previous match against Patriots by a huge margin of 119 runs causing them to slip to the fourth position; they will now take on the Zouks, who are currently at the 2nd position with 7 points, on 7th July at Kingston. The hosts will be eager to rejuvenate their campaign after the humiliating loss on Saturday while the Zouks who triumphed over table toppers Tridents will go in as a confident unit on Tuesday.
It was a disappointing effort by both batsmen as well as bowlers when they suffered a massive defeat against Patriots by 119 runs; while the bowlers gave away too many runs leading to 199 runs being posted by the opposition, the batsmen failed to impress and lost wickets at regular intervals. Players like Chris Gayle and Walton got out for single digits and they could only muster 80 runs before getting all-out.
During the previous match against the same opponent, Patriots, they had registered a convincing win by chasing 161 runs successfully; while Gayle was superb with an unbeaten 72, Chris Lynn partnered up to post a well-made 52 off 33 balls. The duo has been in good form barring the last game and will need to step up and shoulder their responsibilities more seriously. On the bowling front, Santokie claimed 4-37 in that game but the others hardly made a dent on the opposition.
Overall, they have a good set of batsmen like the hard-hitting Gayle, Lynn and Russell, and bowlers like Santokie, Russell, Taylor, Vettori and Theron who can put pressure on the opposition when the situation demands. They look good to come out all guns blazing to redeem themselves and move up the ladder.
St. Lucia Zouks
Winning the match against Tridents by 30 runs, the Zouks got a shot in the arm and will look ahead to continue with their winning momentum here. Andre Fletcher and Kevin Pietersen smashed away boundaries and sixes to post 70+ runs each while batting first; they helped the team get to a massive 202 runs, which was defended excellently by the bowlers Sammy, Shillingford, Edwards and Nathan McCullum.
However, in their previous outing, they lost the match against the Tridents, wherein the batsmen had fallen like a pack of cards in their pursuit for a mere 149 runs. While Fletcher was yet again the anchor of the batting line-up, posting 52 off 38, the others except Taylor and Sammy fell for single digits. Sammy had done well with the ball too, claiming 2-28 while Roach, Edwards and McCullum continued to scalp wickets at regular pace.
The bowlers have been consistent in building pressure on the opponent by taking wickets while performers like Pietersen, Fletcher, Taylor and Charles can surely set big totals or chase with ease.
While the Zouks are high on confidence, the Tallawahs are eager to bounce back with a win here; The Chris Gayle factor is a crucial one and always plays a major role and having the home advantage and good resources in the unit, Tallawahs look better placed to win the match on Tuesday