About the Match
Reigning champions, Jamaica Tallawahs take on St. Lucia Zouks in the third match of the tournament on 12th July at St. George’s; both teams have made last minute changes in their squads to rope in replacements for some of the unavailable overseas players. It will be a tough contest as Zouks, who ended up at the bottom of the table last year, will try to rejuvenate the team spirit and come back stronger this season whereas the Tallawahs will need to overcome challenges and regroup to live up to their name. The weekend promises to be action-filled as fans will get to see their favorite idols, both local as well as overseas, coming out all guns blazing in carrying out their duties for the respective teams.
St. Lucia Zouks
With Brad Hodge suffering an injury, the team will now heavily depend on Kevin Pietersen, to provide solid support on the batting front; he will look to get good support by the young Sunil Ambris who made his first-class debut this year. Pietersen, who is no newcomer to this format of the game, will bring his batting skills to the table and will need to build good partnerships; Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles along with South Africa’s Roelof van der Merwe will also try to keep the scoreboard ticking. Darren Sammy has a good amount of experience and his all-rounder skills will come in handy in tricky situations; he needs to use the resources well and inspire his players to gel as a team in facing the opponents. The bowling unit will comprise of Tino Best, Shane Shillingford, Mervin Mathew and the Pakistani player Sohail Tanvir, who has good experience and can deliver at crunch situations. The team has the zest and determination to do well and start on a positive note; they need to be cautious against the tactics of the opponents and do their homework well to build result-oriented strategies for the upcoming match.
Daniel Vettori makes a comeback by joining the side as a replacement to Muralitharan, who is unavailable for the series due to other commitments, and will try to spin his magic to give the team a definite advantage. Chris Gayle, known for his big shots and match-winning performances, will lead the side with ample support from overseas players like Owais Shah and Adam Voges. The team will have the services of many talented players like Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh, Nkrumah Bonner and other youngsters in the batting line-up while the bowling unit will comprise of Rusty Theron from South Africa, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller, Odean Brown and Vettori, who last played in the Big Bash T20 league earlier this year. Gayle will need to work the grind and also motivate his team-mates to do exceedingly well if they want to continue to be in the company of higher ranking teams here.
The Zouks had a disappointing run last year but this time the side looks completely revamped and energized to begin the tournament on a winning note. While the Tallawahs are clear favorites, they would need some more time to gel as a team and hence this match is likely to be a win for the Zouks.
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