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It's been just a week since Caribbean Premier League started and we've already seen plenty of action unfold in the seven days. One of the major surprises of the tournament has been the failure of St Lucia Stars, considering their power-packed batting lineup. They'll meet Barbados Tridents in their next match which could be a make-or-break game for them considering that they've already lost four games. Barbados Tridents, on the other hand, have played only one game, and emerged on top by a big margin. Considering the fire-power available with both the teams, we expect this fixture to be yet another high-scoring encounter.
After getting off to a sluggish start to the tournament, St Lucia Stars appeared to be gaining some momentum in their last match which was marked by half-centuries from three of their prime batsmen. However, poor death bowling by their bowlers led to yet another close defeat taking their tally to four losses in as many games in this edition.
Batting first, David Warner and Andre Fletcher started cautiously but the latter soon got into his own and smacked a quick fifty to announce his return. He remained unbeaten till the end of the innings where Keiren Pollard contributed massively as he played an innings defining knock of 65 from just 23 deliveries. Cornwall was also impressive after Fletcher departed. He scored 53 runs off 29 deliveries.
Although the batting issues appeared to be sorted for the Stars, their bowling failed to deliver yet again as McCullum and Darren Bravo ran through their bowlers to score 85 runs in the last over. Pollard bowled one of the most expensive overs in the history of CPL leaking 32 runs in the 16th over. It was the start of the carnage on the Stars' bowlers which concluded with yet another defeat, by five wickets this time.
ADS Fletcher , David Warner, LMP Simmons, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Kavem Hodge, MJ Mcclenaghan, Qais Kamawal, Odean Smith, Obed McCoy.
Barbados Tridents announced their arrival in style as they got off to a flying start in their opening encounter of CPL 2018. Batting first, they scored an enterprising total of 185, riding on the Shai Hope's blistering knock of 88 runs.
It wasn't a start Barbados Tridents were looking for after they lost Martin Guptill and Dwayne Smith two overs into the match. Shai Hope and Steven Smith the joined hands to stitch together an important partnership which lasted for more than 11 overs and amounted to 105 runs. Nicholas Pooran ended their innings with a flourish, scoring 45 runs in 27 balls.
Their bowlers complemented their batting well to end Guyana's home dominance. Although Luke Ronchi got Guyana Amazon Warriors off to a flying start, the Tridents kept chipping away with wickets with Reifer being the wrecker in chief. Reifer dismissed five Warriors' batsmen and returned with the figures of 4-0-20-5. He was ably assisted by Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, and Ashley Nurse as Tridents eventually won the match by 30 runs.
Dwayne Smith, Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shai Hope, Steven Smith, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Wahab Riaz, Ashley Nurse, Mohammad Irfan.
St Lucia Stars are expected to come out all guns blazing considering their survival at stake in the series. Having lost four games in a row, each game will be of added importance for them and a loss will depreciate their chances of qualification. There were plenty of positive for them in their previous match and playing at home will add to their advantage. With David Warner back in form and the likes of Pollard and Cornwall in the middle, their batting appears more solid which makes them favorites to win the upcoming encounter.