Tridents lose plot as Kings XI triumph
MOHALI, India (CMC):
Experienced seamer Ravi Rampaul leaked 20 runs from the penultimate over of the innings as Barbados Tridents launched their Champions League Twenty20 campaign on a losing note with a disappointing four-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab yesterday.
With Kings XI requiring 25 runs from the last two overs in pursuit of 175 for victory, Rampaul's wastefulness proved costly as it eased the pressure considerably and gifted the Indian Premier League giants an easy win with two balls to spare at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Rampaul got his lengths wrong on the first two balls and watched as Akshar Patel, who finished 23 not out off just nine balls, belted the first ball to the long-on boundary and the second over cover with the same result.
With 14 already off the over, Rampaul needed to finish well but instead bowled short, only for Patel to oblige with a hook that carried over square leg for six.
Needing five from the last over, Kings XI were kept quiet off the first three balls by lanky seamer Jason Holder before Man-of-the-Match David Miller slammed the fourth delivery off long-off for six to finish the game in style.
Miller finished on 46 not out from 34 balls with three fours and two sixes and added an invaluable 47 off 19 balls with Patel, who hit three fours and a six.
Leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis was the best Tridents bowler with two for 18, while Rampaul also picked up two wickets but conceded 50 runs.
Playing in their first ever CLT20 match, Tridents never seem daunted as they rattled up 174 for six off their 20 overs after they were sent in.
They were carried by a classy unbeaten 60 off 42 deliveries from left-handed Raymon Reifer.