Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Lucia Zouks, 9th Match Prediction2019-09-14
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
St Lucia Zouks
St Lucia Zouks
Man of the Match: Rahkeem Cornwall
?Both the teams, Zouks and Tallawahs, have lost two games and are at fourth and fifth positions respectively with zero points.
?In their last five encounters, St Lucia Zouks have won just one game, while Jamaica has won 4 matches. Overall, they played 11 matches across the seasons out of which Jamaica Tallawahs have won 8 games.
?Jamaica Tallawahs possess two CPL trophies (2013 and 2016) while St Lucia Zouks’ best performance was in 2016 when they reached the playoffs.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Jamaica Tallawahs will defeat St Lucia Zouks in this match.
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Jamaica Tallawahs’s first loss was against Trinbago Knight Riders, but their second loss against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots was more painful, as they could not defend the record total of 241 runs. Andre Russell has already shown his glimpse of power-hitting against the Knight Riders while Gayle’s 22nd T20 century went in vain as Patriots pulled-off a record chase. The batting is undoubtedly their forte, however, they need to work on their bowling department. Daren Sammy's Zouks also lost two games in a row. They had chance to defeat Guyana in their first match at Providence, which they lost by 13 runs. In the second game, there was hardly any chance created by Zouks’ bowlers while Trinbago Knight Riders comfortably chased down the target of 168 in 17.8 overs. One team here will eventually open their account.
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The Tallawahs lost their opening match against Trinbago by 22 runs while chasing a huge total of 191 runs. The homecoming-game of Gayle (scored 28 in 20 balls with 3 sixes and a four) did not produce the desired result for Jamaica. Their bowlers disappointed as they had opted to field first after winning the toss. Their four bowlers conceded runs at more than 9 per over. George Worker (46 runs off 33) and Russell (44 runs off 24 – 4 fours and 4 sixes) added 67 runs together but it was not enough, as top order failed to give a good start while chasing 190 plus runs.
In the second game, Jamaica posted CPL’s highest-ever total of 241 runs in 20 overs. With 10 sixes and 7 fours, Chris Gayle scored 116 off 62 balls, while Chadwick Walton’s smashed 73 runs with 200 plus strike rate. However, all of their bowlers failed miserably, giving away more than 10 runs an over, due to which the target of 242 did not look threatening to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsmen. Thomas took four wickets and Russell had 2, but together they conceded 107 runs. Jamaica’s batting is of top-notch, but twice they are let-down by the bowlers, which is a point of concern for the franchise. Without an improvement in the bowling unit, it would be difficult for Jamaica to stay in the contest for long.
Glenn Phillips (457 runs in 11 innings of CPL 2018) and Rovman Powell (329 runs in 10 innings of CPL 2018) are the key players for Jamaica Tallawahs apart from Gayle and Russell.
Chadwick Walton, Jerome Taylor, Shamar Springer, George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Rovman Powell, Ramaal Lewis, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle, Derval Green
Chris Gayle (c), Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, George Worker, Steven Jacobs, Andre Russell, Glenn Phillips (wk), Shamar Springer, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Christopher Lamont
Before losing to Trinbago Knight Riders at Port of Spain, St Lucia Zouks lost their opening game against Guyana Amazon Warriors. Obed McCoy’s 4 for 41 and Fawad Ahmed’s 2 for 25 had helped the team to restrict Guyana at 155. They looked in control during the initial phase of their run-chase. This was mainly because of Antigua born heavy-weight all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who made 36 runs in just 14 runs (7 fours and a six). But Guyana’s spin-attack eventually stopped the Zouks within 13 runs of the winning total.
Against Trinbago, they opted to bat first and made 167 runs batting first, which looked like an above-par score. Cornwall once again gave a very good start with his 12 balls 33 (5 fours, 2 sixes), but Andre Fletcher struggled a bit for his 32 balls 26. Kesrick Williams, Fawad Ahmed and Kavem Hodge took 1 wicket each, but Fawad Ahmed was quite expensive for 41 runs in his 3 overs. While McCoy was economical with 21 runs in 3.5 overs, but other bowlers gave away runs freely, as Trinbago sealed the match two overs to spare. They need more clinical performances in upcoming matches to place themselves at a better position in the points table and a lot depends on Daren Sammy alone.
Hardus Viljoen, Obed McCoy, DJG Sammy, John Campbell, Fawad Ahmed, Kesrick Williams, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roland Cato, Colin de Grandhomme, ADS Fletcher , Thisara Perera
Darren Sammy (c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Fawad Ahmed, Thisara Perera, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, John Campbell, Obed McCoy, Andre McCarthy, Najibullah Zadran, Kavem Hodge
The venue for this match is Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. Historically, Sabina Park in Kingston have been dry, hard and fast, but in recent years the surface slowed. This is the first game on this ground in this season. In past two seasons, 6 games are played here, out of which 3 are won by the team battings first and 3 by the teams batting second. In the last two seasons, the highest total here is 208/6, the lowest total is 149/7, average first innings score here is 172 while the average second innings score is 168.
The surface looks good for batting throughout, hence it is recommended to field first after winning the toss.
St Lucia Zouks are already struggling after facing two consecutive defeats. Their previous seasons' performances are also not in their favour. Against Jamaica, they have won just 3 out of 11 games across Caribbean Premier League seasons. Jamaica boast of many key players like Gayle, Russell, Glenn Phillips. Though Tallawahs lost the previous two outings, their batting is much stronger than that of Zouks. It is going to be a challenging game for St Lucia Zouks, especially their bowlers. Jamaica also carries the advantage of home conditions in this match. We predict that Jamaica Tallawahs will defeat St Lucia Zouks and open their account.
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