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14 Aug 2018 by Rob

2018 Caribbean Premier League – Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Lucia Stars Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Tuesday 14th August, 23:00 (UK)

Where? Sabina Park, Kingston

Weather? 30-32c with glorious weather all day

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://wi.bookmyshow.com/sports/caribbean-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Jamaica Tallawahs W6, St Lucia Stars W3

THE TEAM NEWS

JAMAICA TALLAWAHS

Coach: Mark O'Donnell

Captain: Andre Russell

  • The Tallawahs have only played one match so far in the CPL and that was the magnificent victory over the Knight Riders which saw captain Andre Russell claim a hat-trick with the ball and smash a 40-ball ton as they chased down 223/6.

  • Russell’s heroics masked some weaknesses in their play as their bowling attack struggled other than Russell and Imad Wasim while their top order was poor with the bat as they were reduced to 16/4 from 3.3 overs.

  • The victory may see them stick with the majority of the team that played the opener although they do have Adam Zampa available after the Essex Eagles released him early after they were eliminated from the t20 Blast in England.

ST LUCIA STARS

Coach: Brad Hodge

Captain: Kieron Pollard

  • The Stars from St Lucia have endured two difficult matches in CPL 2018 so far as they were bowled out for 95 in the opening match and only managed 138/7 against Guyana last time out so there is plenty of room for improvement.

  • Veteran all-rounder Darren Sammy missed the last match but he should return to the starting line-up here, and he will be look to contribute more to this struggling Stars team in Kingston.

  • The three-run defeat to the Amazon Warriors last time will have hurt them as it prolonged their 13-match winless streak but it was a match in which they looked capable of winning with some ease yet they found a way to lose.

THE PREDICTION

It is difficult to have any confidence in the St Lucia Stars right now as their winless streak dates back to 2016. The last match saw some improvement in Guyana but they contrived to lose from a good position. They did show some fight and there were positives that they will look to take some heart from coming into this game. The Tallawahs may well be over-valued too as Russell’s heroics mask a lot of weaknesses in their play. That combined with the fact he was dropped on zero could have easily seen a completely different match, and the Stars will see this as a winnable match.

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