There is a 47% chance of rain at the start of the game although at least a shortened game should be completed. With humidity of 81% and a cloud cover of 45%, according to AccuWeather, the temperature will hover around 28-30 Degrees Celsius during the match.
The pitch at the Darren Sammy Stadium should be a good pitch to bat with the spinners being the key. The pitch has slowed down in recent weeks, which has forced pacers to revert to the slower deliveries. Chasing has been a preferred option so far but with the pitches slowing down, it wouldn’t be bad option to bat first after winning the toss.
Average first innings score:138 (In 22 T20s)
Record of chasing teams:Won – 13, Lost – 9
Injury and Availability News:
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Probable Playing XIs:
St Lucia Zouks:
Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Colin Ingram, Jamar Hamilton, Colin de Grandhomme, Daren Sammy, Christopher Barnwell, Jeavor Royal, Hardus Viljoen, Kesrick Williams, Fawad Ahmed
Bench: Keddy Lesporis, Andre McCarthy, John Campbell, Roland Cato, Obed McCoy
Glenn Phillips, Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Liton Das, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Imran Khan, Shamar Springer, Zahir Khan, Jade Dernbach and Ramaal Lewis
Bench: Oshane Thomas, Javelle Glen, Chris Lamont, George Worker, Derval Green
Chris Gayle is fifth on the list for most runs scored in CPL 2019 with 214 runs. Although almost half of his runs came in just one innings, his strike rate of nearly 150 fits the bill. Although he joined the Tallawahs midway through the season, Zahir Khan has emerged as one of the more promising bowlers with six wickets at an average of 21.67
Colin de Grandhomme has scored 127 runs in four outings in St Lucia, including a quick fire 65 in the previous game. Fawad Ahmed, who was the highest wicket-taker of CPL last year, has nine scalps to his name this year as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Chris Gayle, Colin Ingram, Rakheem Cornwall
Vice-Captain – Chadwick Walton, Zahir Khan, Kesrick Williams
Chris Gayle’s experience holds him in good stead when compared to the others with the Universe Boss already scoring a hundred in CPL 2019.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips
Batsmen – Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle (C), Colin Ingram
All-Rounders –Imran Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Rahkeem Cornwall (VC)
Bowlers –Fawad Ahmed, Zahir Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Jade Dernbach
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper –Glenn Phillips, Andre Fletcher
Batsmen –Chadwick Walton, Colin Ingram (C), Chris Gayle (VC)
All-Rounders –Rahkeem Cornwall, Imran Khan, Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Fawad Ahmed, Zahir Khan, Shamar Springer