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 in Mohali, India 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.
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.
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.
Virender Sehwag weighed in with 31 off 25 balls in a 41-run opening stand with Manan Vohra who got 27 from 19 deliveries.
Leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis was the best Tridents bowler with two for 18 while Rampaul also picked up two wickets but was expensive in giving up 50 runs from his four overs. (WICB)