Tridents fall to Kings XI Punjab
Barbados Tridents fell by four wickets to Kings XI Punjab who won their second consecutive match in the Champions League T20 cricket tournament.
Kings XI Punjab scored 178 for six in Mohali after Barbados Tridents had posted a competitive 174 for six in their debut match; but some wayward bowling and slopping fielding at times came back to haunt the Caribbean side.
Virender Sehwag set the table for the Kings XI with 31, but Jeevan Mendis took two for 18 and along with Ashley Nurse, slowed the scoring and put the Tridents back in the match.
Needing 25 runs off the last two overs, Ravi Rampaul gave up 20 off the penultimate over, 18 to Akshar Patel.
Man of the Match David Miller brought up the winning runs with a six off Jason Holder over wide long off. Miller made 46 off 34 balls, with three fours and two sixes.
Earlier, Raymon Reifer scored an unbeaten 60 off 42 balls, steadying the ship after both openers William Perkins and Dilshan Munaweera fell off the first and last balls of the sixth over.
Newcomer Munaweera raced to 50 off 26 balls, stroking five fours and three sixes in an aggressive opening partnership of 54 with Perkins (10). Jonathan Carter added 20.
Parvinder Awana took three for 46 for Kings XI Punjab.
Barbados Tridents 174-6 in 20 overs (Raymon Reifer 60 n.o., Dilshan Munaweera 50, Jonathan Carter 20, Jason Holder 12, William Perkins 10, James Franklin 10; Parvinder Awana 3-46, Thisara Perera 2-15). Kings XI Punjab 178-6 in 19.4 overs (David Miller 46 n.o., Virender Sehwag 31, Manan Vohra 27, Akshar Patel 23 n.o., Glen Maxwell 16, Wriddhiman Saha 14; Jeevan Mendis 2-18, Ravi Rampaul 2-50). Kings XI Punjab won by four wickets. (SAT)