St Lucia Zouks stormed into the finals on the back of one of the most ruthless wins in the history of the Caribbean Premier League in the semi-finals. That tehy silenced a team of the quality of Guyana Amazon Warriors so spectacularly reflects the kind of team St Lucia Zouks have become under coach, Andy Flower. From a dangerous opening pair to solid middle-order batsmen and finishers and one of the best spin attacks in the season, the Zouks are a complete package.
They, however, run into Trinbago Knight Riders who have 11 wins on the trot this season under Kieron Pollard. Winning matches have come easily to them and it can be said that they go into the finals as favourites given their run in the tournament so far. With dynamic batsmen, versatile bowlers and some veteran T20 stars, the Knight Riders are a formidable force and it would need a humungous effort from the Zouks to overcome them.
The Knight Riders have odds priced at 1.48 while the St Lucia Zouks stand at 2.60.
Knight Riders have a terrific record over Zouks
The overall head-to-head record between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks read 12-2. That is enough proof of how massive the Knight Riders are for a team like Zouks. This season, the Zouks lost both their matches against Knight Riders and definitely go into the finals as underdogs.
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The Knight Riders have had a stellar season while the Zouks have also been spot on with their tactical thinking and game plans. Their slow bowlers have arrested opposition teams and they will hope for the same when they play the finals against the Knight Riders.
In fact, the last time the Zouks beat Knight Riders in the CPL was way back in 2016. Since then, the Knight Riders have won seven games on the trot against the Zouks.
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The Zouks spinners: From Mohammad Nabi and Roston Chase to Zahir Khan and Rahkeem Cornwall if needed, the Zouks have an array of spinners who can put pressure on the Knight Riders’ top-order. Nabi and Chase have been exceptional this season while Zahir Khan has stood out with his wrong ‘uns. It’ll take some effort to silence a team of hitters, though.
Kieron Pollard: The Trinbago Knight Riders skipper has walked in at the perfect moments in each match. He has neither come in too early nor too late and has often left himself with enough time to influence the game. Pollard’s efficiency against spinners should also worry the Zouks think-tank.
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