#BIMv#SLS Preview: Must situation for Tridents with an eye on semis
Thu, 31st, Aug 2017
Barbados Tridents did not have the brightest of start to their home leg this season as they lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors. All is not lost though for the Tridents and back to back wins at their home ground can still help them to reach the final four.
In their last outing against the Warriors the bowling department had a decent outing. Akeal Hosein and Ravi Rampaul both did their part by claiming two wickets while Wayne Parnell picked up one as well.
Fielding though remains a concern. The Robin Singh coached side has been sloppy at times dropping catches and leaking runs. One of the positives has been the effort of wicket keeper Nicholas Pooran who collaborated well to effect a couple of run outs to give the team much-needed breakthroughs.
One major area where Tridents need to pull up their socks against the St Lucia Stars will be the batting. One a day when two Bajan batsmen brought pride to the West Indies at Headingley, the Tridents fell like a house of cards to be bowled out for 59 runs against Guyana. The opening duo Kane Williamson and Dwayne Smith need to live upto their potential. Smith still remains the only batsman to score a century this season in the CPL and must score big runs in front of his home crowd.
In the middle order a lot is expected from our new signing Eoin Morgan. The Irishman had an unforgettable CPL debut after he was dismissed by Tanvir for a first ball duck. The England limited overs captain will have to take up the job of stabilizing the innings in the middle order and providing an explosive finish in tandem with the Barbados skipper.
Kieron Pollard has been the knight in shining armour this season with brilliant batting displays as well as the ball in the past few games. Polly however needs to call out for more support from the team to help the former CPL champs make it to the semis. Moreover, losing to the Stars would be an embarrassment.
Having won no matches this season so far, St Lucia Stars find themselves at the bottom of the table. Midway into the season they sacked skipper Darren Sammy to replace him with the experienced Aussie stalwart Shane Watson. It did not change their fortunes as their losing streak continued.
Skipper Pollard believes that all the team needs is a win to build momentum for the next three matches. The Tridents will bank on the home support to looking for their first win this season at the Oval.