About the Match
Caribbean Premier League will kick off with a match between the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks, the team, which has not finished outside the bottom two in the three previous seasons of CPL.
St Lucia Zouks:
The Zouks have done good business with the purchase of Proteas, Morne Morkel, and the recent tri-series winner, Shane Watson.
Despite Watson’s evident batting prowess, his major role would be to boost Zouks’ bowling capabilities. Morkel has been bought with the same mentality: to augment a weak bowling unit. Zouks suffered heavy losses in previous seasons because the franchise lacked depth in bowling.
Nevertheless, Morkel and Watson are pace bowlers and spinning and swinging tracks in West Indies won’t be of much help to the pacers. St Lucia will be reliant upon the skipper, Darren Sammy, to implement his variety at the highest West Indian T20 stage.
In the batting sector, Johnson Charles seems like the best bet at scoring consistent runs. Charles, 27, ended up with three 40 odd figures in the recent tri-series, involving Australia, West Indies, and South Africa, helping his team to reach the final.
Andre Fletcher, on the contrary, had a poor run in the tri-series. He will be looking forward to redeeming himself in CPL. Michael Hussey, with the lack of match practice, might not feature in the playing XI right away. Miller, after a drowsy IPL 9 season, may break into the playing XI due to fitness.
Dinesh Ramdin, Watson, and Sammy will acquire the roles of power-hitters.
Trinbago Knight Riders:
Under the influential and exemplary captaincy of DJ Bravo, the Knight Riders are a side to beat. As one of the most consistent teams in the short history of the tournament, Trinbago is at better odds to start the tournament with a win against ever struggling St Lucia.
If you look at the squads, the starting lineup is jaw dropping. With the Bravo brothers, playing side by side, Hashim Amla and Brendon McCullum featuring as the opening pair, and Umar Akmal and Sarwan stocking the middle order, Trinbago batting is destined to thrive.
On the other hand, their bowling lineup does not lag behind in anyway whatsoever and looks extremely sound, at least on paper. Sunil Narine and Colin Munro have been in tremendous form for their nations. Suleman Benn is another prospect Trinbago will heavily rely upon in the spin department.
Despite the apparent experience in the St Lucia camp, Trinbago is highly favorable to triumph in this fixture, majorly because Zouks do not have fresh enough, in-form legs to match the defending champions.
Trinbago has a balanced squad full of players who have recently performed at the highest levels. The playing XI is as good as it gets for the T20 format. A win for Trinbago is certainly on the cards for Trinbago Knight Riders