A 26-ball 48 by captain Kieron Pollard and excellent all-round bowling, propelled the Barbados Tridents to a match-winning 158 for 6 as they defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 49 runs in the opening match of the 2015 Hero Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval tonight. Warriors were dismissed for 109.
Before a huge, boisterous, flag-waving crowd the Tridents batted on winning the toss and opened with Dwayne Smith and Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera. The Warriors started their attack with the pace of Marchant de Lange and the left-arm spin of Veerasammy Permaul.
Smith struck de Lange over square leg for a superb six in the South African’s second over. This was followed by a lofted drive over cover by Munaweera in the same over. But with the score on 20 in the fourth over, Munaweera tried a forcing backfoot shot off a straight ball that skidded through and bowled him.
Then in the next over by fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, Smith found himself short of his ground after missing his step on a single and was run out for 13 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s bullet throw from short fine-leg to make it 23 for 2.
Shoaib Malik was joined by Jonathan Carter who later kept wicket for the Tridents. They added 44 with Carter hitting three sixes in a promising 25 before attempting a fourth, he hit off-spinner Sunil Narine down the throat of Chris Barnwell at wide line-on.
Malik was joined by Pollard and these two had the most productive partnership of 56 runs in 5.1 overs before Malik was deceived as he charged Narine and was stumped by captain Denesh Ramdin for a 35-ball 39 that included two boundaries.
Malik was dismissed off the penultimate ball of the 16th over with the score on 142 and the bowling side did brilliantly to restrict Tridents to their eventually score. Pollard biffed a couple sixes, including a massive straight clout off Beaton to go along with five boundaries. He was then run out trying to squeeze a single but failing to beat Permaul’s powerful throw to Ramdin off the square leg boundary. Two huge sixes by medium-pacer Navin Stewart in the penultimate over gave the Tridents’ score a much-needed boost. Narine was the best of the bowlers with 2 for 22 in four overs.
The Warriors never really got going in response and lost wickets steadily throughout.
Openers Lendl Simmons and Tillakaratne Dilsan were quickly parted in the second over bowled by Ravi Rampaul when Simmons was run out by Jason Holder for one. This came after he had offered a dolly to Robin Petersen in the first over bowled by Holder but the South African floored it at cover.
Chanderpaul received a rapturous ovation when he entered the fray at number three but this was not to be his night as after reaching four he attempted to pull Holder from outside off-stump and offered a simple catch off the top edge to Rayad Emrit at mid-on.
It got worse for the Warriors in the fourth over bowled by Rampaul when Ramdin’s pull shot found Holder on the fine-leg boundary and he was back in the dug-out without scoring. The procession never stopped with Dilshan’s 24 and Aussie veteran Brad Hodge’s 26 being the only scores of note as Warriors were bowled out in 18 overs. Pollard got the wicket of Dilshan and Petersen had Hodge lbw and that was basically curtains for the Warriors.
Rampaul finished with 3 for 16 in three overs; Petersen had 3 for 31 in his four overs; and Pollard 2 for 20 in four overs.
Pollard was named Man-of-the-Match.