Tallawahs, Zouks both looking to end losing streaks
It’s been a frustrating start to CPL19 for the Jamaica Tallawahs, they’ve shown plenty of fight but just haven’t been able to go the distance required to win their opening two games. Not even a century from the universe boss could guarantee a victory despite the team breaking the CPL’s highest innings total record, who would’ve thought 241 wouldn’t be enough?! Chris Gayle’s 62-ball 116 was easily the highlight of the innings, Chadwick Walton also chipped in with a quick-fire 73 off just 36 deliveries. Not a lot went wrong for them in the batting department that night, the same can’t be said about Jamaica’s bowling though. Rovman Powell replaced Chris Gayle as Tallawahs captain, perhaps the reason being so the universe boss can focus on his role at the top of the order from an individual perspective. Powell’s captaincy debut was a bit of a nightmare in the end, having just broken a CPL record for the highest innings total, the Tallawahs managed to concede 242 runs in the field as the Patriots stole the win. Every one of their bowlers went for 10+ runs an over, Oshane Thomas picked up 4 wickets but went for a whopping 53 runs in the process. There’s a high probability that some of these bowlers won’t be featuring in this next match, the question is who do they bring in? Trinidadian-leggy Imran Khan could replace one of the two spinners currently in the XI.
St Lucia Zouks
In exactly the same situation as Jamaica, St Lucia will travel to Kingston in hope of a victory after back-to-back losses to start this season’s Caribbean Premier League. The Zouks were quick to make an adjustment to their batting order after they were left exposed in the middle-order, opting to switch out Chris Barnwell for John Campbell. It turned out to be a great move, Campbell showed his class with a well-constructed 43 batting at No. 3 for the Zouks. It wasn’t a complete success though, St Lucia still lost the game and remained winless in the tournament. The big-hitting Rahkeem Cornwall will continue to destroy opposition bowlers at the top of the order, he’s already striking at 265.4 in this year’s CPL but needs to work on staying at the crease longer despite being a pinch-hitter. This St Lucia line-up features a lot of all-rounders, there’s only about four specialist batsmen if you count Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran. It didn’t work in their favor against Trinbago, their bowlers were easily maneuvered as the runs kept flowing. Obed McCoy was probably the Zouks best bowler for the second time in a row after picking up 4/41 in their opening match, although he went wicketless against the Knight Riders he went for just 21 runs in 3.5 overs. New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme should also be available for selection now.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 9
- Chris Gayle
- Chadwick Walton
- Andre Russell
- Oshane Thomas
- Glenn Phillips
Wildcard pick – George Worker
St Lucia Zouks
- John Campbell
- Rahkeem Cornwall
- Obed McCoy
- Andre Fletcher
- Fawad Ahmed
Wildcard pick – Colin de Grandhomme
Predicted Team XI’s
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Chadwick Walton 4. Rovman Powell (c) 5. George Worker 6. Andre Russell 7. Shamar Springer/Ben Cutting 8. Steven Jacobs 9. Christopher Lamont/Imran Khan 10. Jerome Taylor 11. Oshane Thomas.
St Lucia Zouks (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher (wk) 2. Rahkeem Cornwall 3. John Campbell 4. Andre McCarthy 5. Najibullah Zadran 6. Thisara Perera/Colin de Grandhomme 7. Darren Sammy (c) 8. Kavem Hodge 9. Kesrick Williams 10. Obed McCoy 11. Fawad Ahmed.
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