Two semifinalists will wind up their preparation ahead of the knock stages, starting from Tuesday. First, Jamaica Tallawahs shared points against Patriots in a washed-out game and then, Barbados lost to Guyana – this is how Jamaica managed to grab semifinal births. Jamaica had a decent campaign with ups and downs but the poor form of Barbados and St Kitts made their task quite easier to take the 4th spot in the table. Jamaica now have a last chance to make changes in the squad and they might give rest to their key players, before playing Trinbago in the first semifinal.
Meanwhile, St Lucia have impressed with their game as they made into the semifinal with three games were remaining. Sammy was an utter flop with the batting but he made brave attempts to take his side to another semifinal. After losing the first game, Zouks won three straight games and their bowling unit took the game home from the losing situations. Take it Holder’s brilliant final over or defending a mere total of 92 against Tridents – St Lucia have so many positives and they would keen to take the revenge as they lost against Jamaica in the previous outing by 5 wickets. Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb both will take part in the remainder of the league after getting the node from the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Being the second game of the day, spinners will again play a major role in 2nd innings. The surface gets slower after the first game of the day and batting is quite difficult. To put some good score on the board, batsmen require to settle on the track and avoids taking risks against the spin.
Glenn Phillips (wk), Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Asif Ali, Rovman Powell (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Veerasammy Permaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sandeep Lamichhane, Fidel Edwards
St Lucia Zouks
Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher (wk), Leniko Boucher, Kavem Hodge, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy (c), Javelle Glenn/Roston Chase, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Chemar Holder