St Lucia Stars vs Trinbago Knight Riders: Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips
St Lucia Stars – Trinbago Knight Riders
2-212 – 5-218
20.0 – 19.5
Trinbago win by 5 wickets
- Date: August 17, 2018
- Time: 12:00 AM UTC
- Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
St Lucia Stars vs Trinbago Knight Riders Betting Odds
- Trinbago Knight Riders have won 3 out of 4 previous games against St. Lucia Stars at this ground and one ended in no-result
- Trinbago Knight Riders’ overall record of 7-2 win-loss against the hosts just showing their dominance
- St. Lucia Stars didn’t win a single game last season and come into this game with not a single win in their last 14 games in this League
- Batting looks strong for Trinbago Knight Riders and they only need to work on their bowling to emerge victorious
- St. Lucia Stars’ bowling attack is looking toothless and this is posing major problems for them.
Trinbago vs St Lucia Prediction:
Trinbago Knight Riders will win this game
We have already witnessed some amazing clashes in Caribbean Premier League 2018. But this match between St Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders is important for both the sides as both the teams find themselves in the bottom half of the table at the moment. Reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders who won their first tie against St Lucia Stars ended up with loses against Jamaica Tallawahs and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the next two games. For St Lucia Stars it has been a bad tournament so far. Apart from the opening loss to the same side they have also drawn blank on the points table against Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs. The crowd at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium is expected to see a closer contest.
Trinbago Knight Riders
It hasn’t been the perfect first week for last year’s champions. While they began on the right note defeating the Stars in the first game the Dwayne Bravo led side came up against a blinder of an innings from Jamaica Tallawahs’ skipper Andre Russell in the next game to lose it by 4 wickets. What would have upset the captain more is their performance against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the next game where they were defeated comprehensively by 42 runs. Apart from the opening encounter they have been let down by their bowling in the last two games. Allowing the opposition to score 200+ or not being able to defend 223 definitely raises lots of questions about the bowling attack.
Going by the form of the batting line-up the skipper would be relatively confident. Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and the skipper himself have had good hits in the three games so far. Sunil Narine has failed as an opener so far but no cricketing pundit in the world would expect consistency from Narine. When he fires he would leave nothing for the opposition. It is their bowling which is creating worries. Ali Khan has been their best performer with the ball so far while Narine has looked good in patches. Bravo’s own form with the ball is worrying. But he would like to keep up with the history of not having lost a game against the Stars at this ground.
St Lucia Stars
St Lucia Stars have worn the title of being the weakest team in the history of the league so far and never been at the top half of the table. They haven’t done anything to change this perception this season. They got bowled out for 95 in the opening game against Knight Riders with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Led by the big man Kieron Pollard they messed up the next run chase of 142 against Guyana Amazon Warriors losing by 3 runs. In the last game against Jamaica Tallawahs they let off the grip in the very last moment to find themselves at the bottom of the table yet to earn a point. Pollard has lots of worries with the batsmen and the bowlers.
Wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher, Lendl Simmons and the captain himself are scoring the runs. The thing that is hurting them the most is the performance of David Warner who is yet to get going in this tournament. Middle order and the lower middle order also looks in bad shape apart from Darren Sammy. Bowling is the weak link for the side as Afghan spinner Qais Ahmad is the only person who has impressed so far. Mitchell McClenaghan, Pollard himself and Kavem Hodge have leaked runs in all the three games and it would require a remarkable performance from the bowling unit to seal the game against the Knight Riders.
St Lucia Stars have been perennial failures in the League while TKR have always given their fans lots to cheer about. Going by the current form and the history of clashes between the two sides Trinbago Knight Riders are favourites to win this game.