We have a double header of action in the Caribbean Premier League on Sunday and it all begins in Trinidad where the Trinbago Knight Riders will continue their title defence against the St Lucia Zouks at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Trinbago have played two matches in the competition thus far and they have come out on top in both of them. St Lucia have only been in action once to date and that was a losing cause so they will hope to get up and running here.
Trinbago Knight Riders
The defending champions haven’t been completely perfect in their opening two matches but they have won them both and they should be applauded for doing so. They were under pressure right from the off not just because they are defending the title here, but also because they are first up with their home leg and home advantage in this tournament is a big thing. To date they have taken advantage of it and they will look to continue to do so.
There are improvements to come from the Trinbago side. They can be a lot better overall with the bat and they could probably work their order a little better to maximise their scoring potential but they are still managing without some big names, and when they return the batting should naturally get better. The good thing is that despite having two par totals to defend, their bowling attack has done that nicely.
St Lucia Zouks
It was always going to be interesting to see what we would get from the St Lucia Zouks side in their opening match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors given everything that went on with them off the field since last term. I wouldn’t say I was massively impressed with what I saw but at the same time there were one of two encouraging performances. I feared for the Zouks going into the tournament with the bat and those concerns haven’t really gone away.
The positive for them is very much the quality they have in their bowling attack. I don’t actually think they bowled as well as they could have done as a unit so they will need to find the sufficient improvement for this game as they are up against a good side on a brilliant wicket for batting. That means they are going to need some help from their batsmen if they are going to get the job done here.
Dwayne Bravo confirmed on commentary during the previous match that he is out for the whole tournament with his hand injury. Darren Bravo is closing in on a return after concussion while Colin Munro is on his way to the Caribbean but might be given this game off to get his bearings and things.
St Lucia Zouks could do with another batsman in their ranks but whether they have one remains to be seen. There is a lot of pressure on Rakheem Cornwall to deliver the goods at the present stage which isn’t ideal.
I’m interested to see how this one plays out because we don’t get many day games in this competition. We know there won’t be no due which is helpful but it will be interesting to see if in the heat of the day the wicket is much slower and therefore harder to bat on. I’m kind of thinking that might be the case because I think the runs line for this one at 329.5 runs is a few too high.
I don’t see the St Lucia Zouks as a particularly high scoring team in this tournament. Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy batted at six and seven for them in the first game and while they can hit a long ball you would have to think that is a spot too high for both of them. The feature of both these sides is the quality and number of options they have in their bowling attacks and I’m going to back those bowlers to keep the scores within 330 runs.
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