About the Match
St. Lucia Stars will host Barbados Tridents in the 8th Match of the Caribbean Premier League at St. Lucia, Gros Islet on 10th August. The hosts, who recently suffered defeat against Knight Riders by 4 wickets, stand at the bottom of the table with zero points; Tridents, on the other hand, are placed 4th with 2 points, after losing the match against Jamaica Tallawahs by 12 runs. Both teams are desperate to make a comeback and improve their standings; it needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges and emerge victorious on Thursday.
St. Lucia Stars
Batting first against Knight Riders, players like Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Jesse Ryder and Kyle Mayers fell cheaply for single digits; Andre Fletcher, who is in good form with the bat, posted a heroic 40 off 45 while captain Darren Sammy tried to revive the innings with his 19-ball 25. However, they could muster only 118 runs in the end, which proved to be hard enough to fight with for the bowlers.
Spinner Shane Shillingford registered a stupendous 4-22 while Kyle Mayers and Mitchell McClenaghan took a wicket each to try and stifle the opponents; however, they lost the match by 4 wickets after a tough fight. Earlier, against the same opponent, the bowling squad had put up a disappointing show in the opening match, failing to defend 137 runs set by the batsmen after players like Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall and Sammy gave more than 14 runs per over.
Andre Fletcher, Jesse Ryder, and Kyle Mayers tried to build the innings but with hardly any support from others in the top-order, they could muster only 132 in the end. They have experienced batsmen like Marlon Samuels, Jesse Ryder, and Johnson Charles, who could perform better in the upcoming match and help the team get the first breakthrough this season.
Chasing 155 runs against Tallawahs, top-order batsmen like Shoaib Malik, Kane Williamson, Akeal Hosein and Nicholas Pooran fell quickly with just 50 runs on the board. Captain Kieron Pollard posted a well-made 62 off 33 but his lone efforts went in vain as they fell short of the target by 12 runs. Earlier, fast bowler Wahab Riaz had performed superbly, taking 3-32 while Ravi Rampaul and Wayne Parnell dismissed one opponent each to restrict the Tallawahs to 154.
In the previous encounter against Tallawahs, the Tridents had emerged victorious by 12 runs after successfully defending a low total of 142 runs. Spinner Akeal Hosein had claimed 2-24 while speedsters Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan and Ravi Rampaul dismissed one opponent each in regular interval. The bowling department did a commendable job to overcome the pressure and steer the team towards a comfortable victory.
The batting contingent is yet to come out all guns blazing, and if they can keep the wickets from falling early on, then we could see some fireworks against St. Lucia Stars on Thursday.
St. Lucia Stars haven’t performed well with the bat in both the matches till now and will be determined to do better here; the Tridents too fell short in the batting department. Hence the match could be a contest between the bowlers. While St. Lucia Stars has the home advantage, we feel that Barbados Tridents, who have tasted success before, are better placed to win here.