Tridents ease past Red Steel
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Reigning champions Barbados Tridents continued their imperious start to the defence of their Caribbean Premier League title when they brushed aside Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by eight wickets here Thursday night.
Before a capacity crowd at Kensington Oval, Tridents limited the visitors to a paltry 95 for nine and then cruised to their target with 41 balls remaining.
The victory was their third on the trot, following similar convincing performances against last year's losing finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors and 2013 champions Jamaica Tallawahs.
They sit on top of the standings, with six points, while Red Steel remained on a single point, following the no-result in their opening game of the campaign against St Lucia Zouks last Sunday.
Tridents owed their victory to a brilliant opening spell from West Indies seamer Jason Holder, who snatched three or 11 from his four overs, to claim the Man-of-the-Match award.
His brilliance left Red Steel reeling at three runs for four wickets in the third over, a position they never really recovered from despite captain Dwayne Bravo's top score of 30 and Jason Mohammed's 20.
Cheered on by a vocal crowd, Tridents' run chase was fuelled by an opening stand of 73 between Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera, who hit 39, and Dwayne Smith, who got 33.
Munaweera stroked five fours and two sixes off 28 balls while Smith faced 29 deliveries and struck four fours and a six - an extraordinary front foot punch over long-on off seamer Jacques Kallis in the sixth over.
With victory virtually assured, both fell in successive deliveries to left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in the 10th over - both to catches in the deep - but Jonathan Carter, 15 not out, and Shoaib Malik, on 10, guided Tridents comfortably home.