About the Match
In the penultimate match for both the teams, the Red Steel is playing the Tridents at St. Kitts on 7th August and both will attempt to outwit each other to have a good frame of mind while stepping into the knock out stage. The Red Steel have defeated the Tridents in their earlier encounter on 12th July and they will try and repeat the same performance this time too but the Tridents will be eager to reverse the result in order to avoid facing them again in the semifinals.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
Red Steel has 12 points with one more match to go after this match and sure to be in the semifinals and have won against the Tridents the last time they faced each other, chasing a moderate total of 124, winning the match by 7 wickets and 15 balls to spare. Their top order is so strong in batting that they defeated the Zouks chasing 119 and achieved it losing only 2 wickets with 31 balls to spare. They do not take any match lightly, in order to maintain psychological advantage over the opponent. Lewis and Taylor added 89 runs for the 2nd wicket against the Zouks to register a comfortable win after their bowlers Gabriel, Bravo and Cooper dismissed the opponents to 119 with a ball to spare. O’Brien and Lewis combine well opening the innings and hence the batsmen at the top usually are free to go after the opponent in a leather hunt. Emrit and Rampaul are likely to contain their run spree, but the Bravo duo and Taylor will not easily give in. Their only loss was against the Amazon warriors, losing the low scoring match by elimination, after a tie; they will surely try and maintain their winning momentum.
The Tridents have no fear of qualification to the next stage but who they meet depends on their performance in the remaining 2 matches. Their worry is the opening pair wherein Smith and Dowrich have been consistently failing after Smith’s century a 2nd wicket partnership of 158 runs between himself and Shoaib Malik against the Amazon Warriors. Dowrich failed as an opener even in that contest and in spite of the excellent 2nd wicket partnership, rest of the batsmen failed and hence they lost that match chasing 173. Only Shoaib Malik is demonstrating commitment and consistency and if the rest of the team does not deliver with a good team spirit, they cannot expect to do well in the knock out stage. Emrit, Rampaul and Holder are strong in holding the opposition at bay with adequate support from others but their good effort gets nullified by the failure of the top order batsmen; they need to improve their commitment and team spirit.
While the Tridents are in the fourth position, much behind their opponents Red Steel, who are at No.1, they will definitely try to go ahead with a positive attitude. However, Red Steel with their recent performances are looking better placed to maintain their winning spree.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, 1.57 @ TitanBet