Ravi ruins it
MOHALI – 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 victory 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.
Kings XI could only manage singles from the next two balls but Patel capitalised on the fifth ball – another length delivery – getting a thick outside edge to the third man boundary.