About the Match
After three straight victories, Zouks suffered defeat at the hands of Riders in the last match, but they are safe for now positioned in No.3 with 8 points and will try to outwit table-toppers Tallawahs, who have 13 points so far, when they meet each other on 31st July at Lauderhill. The Tallawahs won four games in a row and have maintained their dominance over other teams but they won’t take the resurgent Zouks lightly on Sunday. The contest could surely go down to the wire as players from both sides will leave no stone unturned to win.
They have done extremely well to reserve their berth in the CPL final after defeating Tridents by 36 runs D/L method thanks to a fiery show by batsman Chadwick Walton, who posted a superb 97 off 54, and a 4-wicket haul by paceman Dale Steyn that demolished the Tridents batting line-up. Sangakkara scored a well-made half century and along with Walton, Powell, Andre Rusell, Shakib Al Hasan and Chris Gayle, the Tallawahs can surely post a stiff challenge batting first or showcase fearless batting during chase in the upcoming match.
In the game against Riders, Russell registered a stupendous figure of 4-23 while Steyn took 2 scalps to help defend a low total of 158 runs and win the match by 19 runs. Russell is a strong asset for the team and he has time and again proved to be a good all-rounder; he and Powell scored 44 runs each against Riders while Sangakkara contributed with 23 runs.
The bowling unit has in-form speedsters like Steyn and Russell who can dominate the Zouks batsmen. Spinners Imad Wasim and Shakib can provide regular breakthroughs while Williams and Mathurin bring variety to the attack; overall, they are a formidable force to reckon with.
St. Lucia Zouks
The Zouks bowlers failed to defend 167 runs against Riders despite a good performance by Johnson, who took 3-22 while Mayers and Sammy took a wicket each and helped stifle the opponents. The loss came after three consecutive wins against teams like Warriors, Tridents and Patriots thanks to an all-round performance by the batsmen and bowlers.
Against Warriors, Charles and Watson posted a brilliant 151-run stand for the 2nd wicket to help chase down 160 runs with almost 4 overs to spare; while Charles scored 94 runs, Watson came up with a well-made 57 from 39 deliveries. Earlier, Watson also took 2 wickets giving away only 27 runs in his 4-over spell and he continues to be a strong all-rounder for the team. Jerome Taylor and Sammy are also in good form with the ball as they consistently provide the wickets.
Fletcher and Sammy can stabilize the middle order while others like Mike Hussey and Miller bring depth to the batting line-up; they will be facing Tallawahs for the first time but they surely have enough firepower to outwit the opposition here.
Tallawahs have plenty of match-winners who have helped the team make it to the finals and they surely seem to be the favorites here; however, Zouks have a determined approach and they can use the resources at hand to overcome the challenges on Sunday. The contest could swing either way but we feel that the Zouks will make a comeback with a much-needed victory again