About the Match
St. Lucia Stars continued with their disapppointing form, losing the match against Amazon Warriors by 6 wickets; they will now take on Jamaica Tallawahs, who are positioned in the 4th place with 4 points, on 15th August at St. Lucia. Tallawahs won against table-toppers Trinbago Knight Riders by 4 wickets in the last match and are looking for another win to start climbing up the ladder. The hosts on the other hand are desperate to open their points kitty and could come out with a better performance in front of their supporters. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges of T20 cricket and come out stronger.
St. Lucia Stars
Opening the innings against Warriors, Johnson Charles posted a superb half-century while others like Shane Watson and Darren Sammy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 32 and 26 runs individually. Andre Fletcher, who has been performing well with the bat, couldn’t impress much here and they could muster 152 runs in the end. Despite an experienced bowling squad with speedsters like Mitchell McClenaghan, Jerome Taylor and Kyle Mayers, and spinners like Shane Sillingford and Rahkeem Cornwall, they failed to defend 152 and lost the match by 6 wickets.
Earlier against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the batting line0up crumbled under pressure during the chase for 197 runs with players like Kamran Akmal, Shane Watson and Darren Sammy failing to fire. Andre Fletcher posted a superb 48 off 33 while Marlon Samuels, Kyle Mayers and Rahkeem Cornwall tried to revive the innings. However, they were stifled by the opposition and lost the match in the end.
They have good resources with bat and ball but haven’t yet capitalized on that; they need to pull up their socks and come up with a better all-round performance if they want to survive here.
Chasing 148 runs against Knight Riders, Kumar Sangakkara and Lendl Simmons posted a brilliant 60-run partnership to give the innings the required boost. While Sangakkara scored 47 runs, Simmons contributed with 38 off 18. Rovman Powell, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Jonathan Foo kept the scoreboard ticking and they won the match by 4 wickets with 4 balls to spare. Earlier, the pacers Kesrick Williams and Odean Smith took 3 wickets each to stifle the opposition while Krishmar Santokie, spinner Imad Wasim and speedster Mohammad Sami provided regular breakthroughs to restrict Riders to 147.
Against Barbados Tridents, Andre McCarthy posted a heroic 60 off 44 while Lendl Simmons and all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan contributed well to take the total to 154 runs. Fast-bowler Mohammad Sami then registered a 4-wicket haul at an economy of just 3 runs per over to stifle the opponent’s chase and help win the match by 12 runs. Speedsters Kesrick Williams, Santokie and spinners Imad Wasim and Shakib Al Hasan provided quick wickets to snatch away the win from Tridents.
They have won the last two matches and are on a high morale now; with a well-balanced spin and pace attack, the Tallawahs will come out with all their firepower to outwit the hosts here.
With the competition heated up, both teams will try to put their best foot forward on Tuesday. While St. Lucia Stars have the home advantage, we feel that Jamaica Tallawahs with their all-rounders are better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday