About the Match
The Zouks, at the bottom of the table with no points, are learning to play with caution and are not prepared to throw their wickets as they gave a tough fight to the Tridents on 31st though they lost the game while defending a good total of 167 and are now facing the Red Steel who are leading the points table with 10 points, on 2nd Aug at their home ground, St. Lucia. The crowd is certainly hopeful that their team will perform well against the Red Steel and open their account in the points table while Red Steel will be eager to continue with their winning momentum.
St. Lucia Zouks
The Zouks require a good opening pair as Charles and Davids are not consistent though Charles can hold one end. After losing Davids for a duck, the team lost 2 more wickets with just 14 runs on board by the end of 2nd over against the Tridents. Still a good innings by Sebastien with 33 off 39 balls and an effortless 50 off 19 balls with six sixes by Sohail took the team to a fighting total of 167 for 7. Jordan bowled well with 3 wickets and was supported effectively by other bowlers like Bink and Tanvir; it was the resilience of the middle order of the opponent, which took the match away from the Zouks. They have lost their earlier match against the Red Steel defending a small total of just 136. Zouks suffered most of their defeats while defending as the opponents have the capacity to hit against their bowlers and score the winning runs with ease. Hence they should field first if they win the toss and attempt to plan the chase, which could change their fortunes.
T&T Red Steel
They are the favorites leading the league table and now face challenge from the bottom of the table Zouks, who can definitely spring surprises. They have lost only one match so far, which was against the Amazon warriors, as they could not defend 118. They have been good at chasing as witnessed by four of the five wins they scored while chasing; hence, if the Zouks field first and succeed in containing them for a reasonable total, the opponents may come out with a surprising win, which Red Steel needs to be careful about. The team is quite formidable with Badree, Edwards, Bravo, Cooper and O’Brien all being proven bowlers who can change the complexion of the game. O’Brien and Lewis are able to give a good opening, as they did against Zouks with a 129 run foundation to register the win losing 1 wicket with 32 balls to spare. The Bravos in the middle order are difficult to get dislodged; they have resilience in their batting line up and bite in their bowling attack, which they must continue to maintain.
Surprises are the main feature of this format of the game but it may be difficult for the Zouks to withstand the onslaught from Red Steel. Though the Zouks have the home advantage here, Red Steel is better placed to win.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, 1.40 @ TitanBet