St-Lucia-vs-Barbados

Deadline: August 20, 7:30 PM

Venue: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad

Pitch report

As many as 52 wickets have fallen and 4 half-centuries have been scored at Brian Lara Stadium in this season of Caribbean T20 League, suggesting that the pitch is sporting enough to create an even contest between bat and ball. Fortunately for us, all four matches have been close encounters, as the team managed to defend scores thrice.

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Wicketkeeper: Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope

Batsmen: Mark Deyal, Johnson Charles

All-rounders: Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Mitchell Santner, Roston Chase (vc), Kyle Mayers

Bowlers: Kesrick Williams, Rashid Khan (c)

Power picks

With the kind of strokeplay he has developed over the years and complete control over them, Roston Chase deserves to bat at No. 3 across formats. If anything, he is smart. Not many assess the situation the way he does, be it accelerating at the right moment or holding the innings together. His 52 off 42 last night displayed an intelligent selection of shots against a quality bowling attack – not to forget those underrated pull and hook shots.

Rashid Khan’s batting skills deserve more attention. It was his unbeaten 26 off 22 that helped Barbados score past 150. He later, as often do we witness, followed it with an exceptional bowling display, finishing with figures of 2 for 27.

Jason Holder has all the shots in his armoury. Just that he does not get to bat higher than No. 7 for West Indies. On Monday, he came to the crease when Barbados were stuttering at 8 for 3. Not only did he lead the resurgence but also scored at an impressive strike rate of 172. His 38-run innings comprised 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Mitchell Santner was adjudged Player of the Match for his all-round display, scoring 20 off 18 and taking 2 wickets for a mere 18 runs in 4 overs. Thanks to the curators that the pitch has offered enough bounce and turn.

Smart picks

The loss of three wickets in 2.3 overs did not dent Kyle Mayers’ confidence whatsoever. He played a brisk innings of 37 off 20, including 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Kesrick Williams continues to entertain us not only with his bowling but also with his celebrations. What makes him remarkable that he manages to make a significant impact in the middle overs. In St Lucia’s first match, he finished with figures of 2 for 32.

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Probable XIs

St Lucia: Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Darren Sammy (c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Zahir Khan

Barbados: Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (wk), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh

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