ABOUT THE MATCH
Cricket fans across the globe had to wait a wee bit longer as rain delayed the start of the opening encounter of the Caribbean Premier League, which the fans had eagerly been waiting for. Much to everyone’s delight, however, the rain didn’t have much impact and we managed to get a game, after a waiting period of more than five months.
It is a short tournament with limited travel as all the matches are scheduled to be played in Trinidad, across two grounds. The fifth match of the competition is to be played between St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents on 20th August as Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad. Coming into the match, both sides would have played a game each and are likely to be well acquainted with the conditions as well as the opponents. The two teams have a contrasting history in the tournament, as far as successful finishes are concerned, and it would be interesting to see how things pan out in the upcoming contest as well as in all the matches to follow.
Brian Lara Stadium , Tarouba , Trinidad
|Series||Caribbean premier League 2020|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, First Session 10.00-11.30, Interval 11.30-11.50, Second Session 11.50-13.20|
|Match days||20 August 2020 (20-over match)|
T20 Match 5 , Team Player’s information :
St Lucia Zouks :
Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher form the opening pair which is capable giving the side explosive starts. Jonathan Wells, who came in as a replacement, can be slotted at 3. He has the ability to steady the ship as well as take the attack to the opposition.Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran along with skipper Daren Sammy form the middle order. All three can hit out of the park with ease and are proven finishers in T20 cricket and will look to bring those skills to the CPL. Kavem Hodge can be used as a floater in the middle order and in an ideal scenario should abt at 4.
Noor Ahmed, the 15-year old chinaman bowler from Afghanistan, has been replaced by his more experienced fellow countryman Zahir Khan. Zahir and Nabi will hold the key in spin bowling for the Zouks this CPL.
Chemar Holder has shown a lot of promise and is touted to be West Indies’ future star with the ball. His pace and bounce can trouble any batsman. Kesrick Williams, known for his skillful bowling in T20 cricket, is the most experienced of the lot along with Darren Sammy. The left arm fast bowler Obed McCoy brings in much-needed versatility.
Probable Playing XI: Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Jonathan Wells, Kavem Hodge, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Darren Sammy, Chemar Holder, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Zahir Khan
Barbados Tridents :
The Jason Holder-led side Barbados Tridents are the defending CPL champions and will start as one of the favorites. They have a squad full of multi-dimensional players. Shai Hope and Johnson Charles should open the innings, followed by Shamarh Brooks at 3. Alex Hales and Rahmanullah Gurbaz not being available surely weakens the Tridents’ top order this CPL.
The middle order holds a decent and reliable look. Corey Anderson, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder and the U-19 sensation Nyeem Young will constitute the middle and lower middle order.
With the likes of Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer and Hayden Walsh Jr coming in next, the tail is good enough to bail the team out with the bat.
Barbados have one of the best spin attacks in the CPL comprising Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner, Hayden Walsh Jr and Ashley Nurse. They can easily fit in 3 of the four frontline spinners in the XI.
Skipper Holder leads the pace attack but does not have enough experience in the side to assist him apart from Raymon Reifer. The pace attack consists of Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer and nyeem Young.
Probable Playing XI: Shai Hope, Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Corey Anderson, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder, Nyeem Young, Ashley Nurse/Mitchell Santner, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh Jr, Raymon Reifer
PITCH AND CONDITIONS :
Scattered showers are expected to hit Trinidad throughout the day and we can expect rain interruptions during the match. As seen in the first match, the surface will be conducive to spin bowling and taking pace off the ball would be helpful for the quicker bowlers. The team batting first will be looking to put at least 170 runs on the board and doing so will not be a walk in the park.
Who will win ZOUKS Vs BT cricket match predictions ?
This is the encounter between the defending champions and the team that finished fifth last year. While both the teams are missing their last year’s key performers, Barbados Tridents appears to be stronger of the two sides. With Rilee Rossouw and Colin Ingram, St Lucia Zouks’ batting lineup lacks experience and flair in the middle-order. Barbados Tridents, on the other hand, have excellent spinners who will be keen to exploit this vulnerability of the Zouks. We expect Barbados Tridents to cruise through to an easy win in this upcoming encounter.