Jamaica Tallawahs are favorites to win
Jamaica Tallawahs will hope to break their losing streak when they take on St Lucia Stars in this 17th fixture of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2018. The match will be played on August 25 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Live telecast is scheduled to start at 8 PM local time.
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Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for St Lucia Stars vs Jamaica Tallawahs, CPL 2018...
St Lucia Stars will look to the likes of Kieron Pollard, David Warner and Andre Fletcher to score the big runs for them in this match. Fletcher had top-scored for the team with 43 in the reverse fixture against Jamaica Tallawahs and he will be expected to produce another quality knock this time as well. Pollard, the skipper, has batted really well for the Stars this season and it will be up to him to anchor the innings should they lose early wickets. With the ball, the onus will be on Qais Ahmad, Kesrick Williams and Mitchell McClenaghan to provide the breakthroughs and keep the opposition's scoring rate in check. McClenaghan has been the team's best bowler so far in this year's CPL and the Kiwi paceman seems more likely to finish with the best bowling figures at the end of this match.
Andre Fletcher (wk), David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy
They will be counting on their big guns - Johnson Charles, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor and David Miller - to deliver the goods with the bat. Phillips is currently topping the runs charts with 264 runs which includes a couple of half-centuries, one of which was hit against St Lucia Stars in the earlier encounter. Charles had a decent hit of 42 in the previous match against Barbados Tridents while Taylor and Miller have already shown on numerous occasions in the past what they are capable of. When it comes to bowling, Jamaica Tallawahs will turn to their seam bowlers Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas to apply pressure on the Stars. Skipper Russell is the leading wicket-taker of this year's CPL with 11 wickets in 6 matches followed by Thomas who has 9 in 5. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa had notched up a three-wicket haul in the reverse fixture and he too can be an effective option here.
Glenn Phillips (wk), Johnson Charles, Kennar Lewis, Ross Taylor, David Miller, Andre Russell (c), Rovman Powell, Imad Wasim, Adam Zampa, Oshane Thomas, Samuel Badree
Jamaica Tallawahs have won three and lost as many matches out of the six they have played so far in this year's Caribbean Premier League. They won their first three fixtures but lost their next three to lose whatever momentum they had gained. So the pressure to win is certainly going to be huge. However, they will still be the more confident side going into this game as they have won six out of the nine matches they have played against St Lucia Stars in the tournament, including both the encounters of the previous season. The Stars are struggling this year as well and they will have to bring their A-game into play if they are to challenge the formidable Tallawahs who we feel are better placed to win.
Final Verdict: Back Jamaica Tallawahs to beat St Lucia Stars.
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