The 5th game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 will be played between St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad.
This match starts 10 AM local (7:30 PM IST) (2 PM GMT). It will be live on Star Sports. Live Streaming will be available on Fancode and Hotstar.
The third day of the CPL 2020 will get underway with the match between St Lucia Zouks and defending champions Barbados Tridents. The Tridents got a lucky break in their opening match as they got the better of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by mere six runs. The attacking display with the bat did help the Tridents to get a winning total on a track that was slowing down. The St Lucia Zouks, on the other hand, started off with a defeat in the hands of Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday morning.
All the four matches thus far in the 2020 CPL have been played on the same strip at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium. The pitch is becoming slower and slower with every passing match. Unless a change in track before Thursday’s matches, we might not see 150+ totals in the match between Tridents and Zouks.
Average first innings score: 146 (Unaffected matches in the tournament)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 1; Lost – 2
Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter, Corey Anderson, Jason Holder (C), Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Bench: Shamarh Brooks, Justin Greaves, Joshua Bishop, Nyeem Young, Shayan Jahangir, Keon Harding.
Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (WK), Najibullah Zadran, Mark Deyal, Mohammad Nabi, Roston Chase, Daren Sammy (C), Kesrick Williams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Zahir Khan, Obed McCoy
Bench: Javelle Glenn, Kimani Melius, Saad Bin Zafar, Kavem Hodge, Chemar Holder, Leniko Boucher
Rashid Khan played a crucial role with the bat during the first match with an unbeaten 26* while batting at No.10. He followed it with the figures of 2/27 which helped the Tridents make winning start.
Rahkeem Cornwall was stand out performer with the bat for the St Lucia Zouks in 2019 where he amassed 254 runs in 10 matches. Importantly, those 254 runs came at a strike-rate over 190. On slower wickets of Trinidad, he could well be a reliable spin bowling option as well.
Jason Holder is going to play an important role for the Barbados Tridents in this tournament, especially with the bat. He could be seen playing some crucial knocks at No.5 position and later complete his four overs spell as well.
The batting line-up of Barbados Tridents looks thin but all the 11 players who featured in the first match have got the ability to score runs at a quick pace. This made the top-order batters getting out slogging in order to get some quick runs. This plan could help Tridents win a majority of matches including the one against St Lucia on Thursday.
Barbados Tridents are expected to win the match.
Best Bet: Rahkeem Cornwall to be the top St Lucia batsman @3.75 at bet365 - 7 Units
Value Bet: Barbados Tridents to win the match @1.53 at betway - 14 Units