The Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel will look to face off against the St. Lucia Zouks for the second time in the 2015 CPL. The last match for both squads was against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots with the Zouks being defeated and the Red Steel snatching a narrow victory. Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Lucia Zouks betting tips are placed below.
St Lucia won a rain-reduced match off the last ball. Chasing 91 for a win from nine overs against T&T, they got to their win with a six and a one off the last two balls of the game.
Before the rain ended the match, the Zouks appeared to be well in control of the match, racing to 179 runs with opener Andre Fletcher getting 57 runs and Kevin Pietersen getting to 42. All the members of the Zouks team that bat, with the exception of Keddy Lesporis who only faced 1 ball, scored convincingly and in double figures.
The Red Steel, however, did not get the chance to reply with the game curtailed and the No Result being the final decision. Since then, the Red Steel have continued to struggle as they prop up the CPL table.
Having won two matches to date, including their most recent against the Patriots, the Red Steel will look to take full advantage of the Zouks team that now has to retool now that their captain, Darren Sammy, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. While Kevin Pietersen has stepped in as captain, Sammy is a significant loss, both in terms of leadership and also in terms of contribution.
The Red Steel will look to repeat their victory against the Patriots in which their captain Dwayne Bravo took 4 wickets and in which William Perkins was the overall top scorer with a 43-ball 64.
The Red Steel were effectively able to hold the Patriots to 146 runs and wre able to get to their target with 7 balls to spare.
The Zouks, however, were not as fortunate against the Patriots. They were unable to restrict them as they set 171 runs as the target for victory. Despite Fletcher’s 59 runs, they were only able to get to 144 runs – 26 runs short of the necessary total.
In this match, it would be expected that the Patriots continue on their good form, having temporarily been top of the table recently. While they are presently in a three-way tie for first place, they should be expected to cement their place with a hard fought win against the Red Steel.
Players to watch out for:
Nathan McCullum (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots):
The New Zealand bowler, Nathan McCullum was able to show the possibilities of his talent, taking 4 wickets for only 22 runs against the Zouks. Bringing his tally to 6 wickets in total for this CPL, McCullum was the pick of the Patriots bowlers and continue to be so if he continues this good run of form.
With his wealth of experience, having taken 137 T20 wickets in 140 innings, McCullum could very well lead this bowling line-up against what would be a rejuvenated Red Steel squad.
Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel):
Having taken 9 wickets in this campaign thus far, including 4 wickets in his last match against the Patriots, Bravo has continued his good IPL bowling form in this CPL. Playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, Bravo was able to consistently take wickets – and big ones at that – in that tournament.
Coming in to lead this Red Steel team, he has completed two 4-wicket hauls thus far and will look to continue to lead his team. If the Red Steel will have any hope of moving from the bottom of the table, Bravo will have to be able to inspire and motivate his squad and look to contribute not only with the ball, but also with the bat as the true all-rounder he is.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Lucia Zouks head to head:
It’s 3-0 in favour of T&T Red Steel, which could put them as favourites but hey, records are meant to be broken.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel v St Lucia Zouks betting tips:
St Lucia to win this game: 11/10
Kevin Pietersen to be St Lucia’s top batsman: 16/5
Match starts at 12 noon local time (16:00 hrs GMT) on July 11