About the Match
The two teams in the Caribbean Premier League 2014 which were most favored to be in the finals during the entire length of the tournament, go up against each other in the elimination round in the 1st Semifinal scheduled for 13th August at Basseterre stadium, St. Kitts, and they will now have to bring out their best to survive in the tournament, one of them certain to be knocked out of the competition. The match for Tallawahs against Zouks and for Red Steel against Hawksbills turned out to be nightmares for both these fancied teams and the surprise result of both the matches has produced this tricky contest, which none of them would have imagined; which team will survive is something that only time can tell.
It was the loss against Zouks on 9th August, the penultimate match which made them equal in points with the other three teams, who made it to last four, but the horrific loss in their last match against Tridents on 10th August, earned them the hefty negative NRR and reduced them to fourth place. In their earlier encounter against Tridents they won the match by 19 runs but the reversal of result in this match shockingly brought them down in the ranking from 1 to 4. Now they face Red Steel in the 1st Semi Final match, against whom they had played once in the league stage and lost by 13 runs unable to chase 183, though they had 4 wickets in hand. The bowlers did not do well which allowed Red Steel to set a target of 183 and though Gayle made 60 off 46 balls with five fours and three sixes, they could not make the post. Their four of the six wins were while chasing a target in league stage and their highest successful chase has been 189 against Amazon warriors. Their weakness is in bowling and while Walton, Gayle, Shah and Blackwood are dependable top order batsmen, they need to give their best against Red Steel who have the strength in both batting and bowling. A good strategy and clinical execution can take them further.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
The team is good in chasing or defending proving that they have a balanced strength to deal with any opponent. By and large the team has been consistent in all departments of the game except for the loss against Tridents by 69 runs while chasing 174 and the surprising loss against Hawksbills while defending a small total of 113. O’Brien and Lewis are giving good foundation by efficiently opening the innings and allowing the Bravo brothers to have a go at the opposing bowlers, though Taylor has not been in form. O’Brien, Searles and Edwards are bowling efficiently, containing the batsmen and have the capacity to restrict the scoring capability of the opponents; they have won against Tallawahs in the league stage by setting a target of 183 losing only 5 wickets and have the capacity to repeat the performance.
The contest is well placed to be a tough one, with both sides having the capabilities to come out all guns blazing; however, performance, team balance and consistency favor a win for the Red Steel.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, 1.90 @ Bet365