About the Match
An inspiring win by Zouks at their home ground against Patriots by 35 runs has lifted their spirits and they will now take on Tridents on 23rd July at the same venue, Darren Sammy Stadium at Gros Islet. The hosts had suffered three defeats prior to this victory and they will work hard to keep the winning momentum going on Saturday; Tridents on the other hand lost the contest against Tallawahs by 36 runs through D/L method. However, the visitors have previously defeated Zouks back at home and will do their best to repeat it here.
Chasing a target of 196 runs from 18 overs, the Tridents batsmen faltered as players like Ahmed Shehzad, Kyle Hope and Shoaib Malik were dismissed by the pace attack of Tallawahs. Nicholas Pooran yet again led the fight with a well-made half-century but with no support at the other end they lost the match by 36 runs. Earlier, speedsters Rampaul and David Wiese continued with their wicket-taking skills as they claimed 2 wickets each but the others gave away too many easy runs.
When they had met Zouks before, Pooran had smashed a stupendous 81 off just 39 deliveries to steer his team to 173 runs; AB de Villiers, who has come back to form, has been recalled by his country and may not feature in the upcoming game too. Fast bowler Wayne Parnell too won’t get to show his skills and other like Reifer, Stewart, Nurse, Rampaul and Pollard will take charge.
Although they had a mixed run till now, they will draw inspiration from their win against Zouks recently; the team has good resources with bat and ball, who can pose a stiff challenge to the hosts.
St. Lucia Zouks
Darren Sammy lit up the stadium, which is named after him, with a superb 59 off 35 which consisted of 5 smashing sixes; Mike Hussey and Charles contributed well too to take the total to 174 against Patriots. Delorn Johnson picked up 3 wickets while other speedsters Jerome Taylor, Morkel, Watson and Sammy provided regular breakthroughs to win the match by 35 runs. The batting line-up comprises of experienced batsmen like Fletcher, Watson, Charles, Hussey, David Miller and Sammy, who can build good partnerships whether batting first or during chase.
When they met Tridents earlier, the top-order had succumbed to pressure while chasing 174 while the middle-order failed to keep the scoreboard ticking; Fletcher was the top-scorer with 20 runs but they bounced back in the last game. The fast-bowlers are doing well and they can stifle the opponents with their pace and wicket-taking abilities. Taylor, Morkel, Watson and Sammy are in good-form and can provide breakthroughs to stun the Tridents batsmen.
With the recent victory, the players definitely will be charged up to continue thrilling the fans on home turf; with a steady batting and bowling effort, Zouks can look forward to another win here.
As the competition nears the knock-out stage, teams will fight hard to survive by bringing out all the firepower; the contest could swing either way but we feel that this time Zouks with the home advantage can emerge victorious on Saturday