Jason Holder’s devastating opening four-over burst inspired the Barbados Tridents to an easy eight-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in their Hero Caribbean Premier League encounter at Kensington Oval last night.
The lanky pacer captured 3 for 11 as the Red Steel were restricted to a paltry 95 for 9 in their 20 overs. The Tridents then sped to 98 for 2 in the 14th over behind an avalanche of boundaries from openers Dwayne Smith and Dilshan Munaweera.
For Tridents it was their third win in as many games for the 2015 season.
After opting to bat on winning the toss, Red Steel’s top order was torn apart by Holder and burly pacer Ravi Rampaul. Red Steel opened with the South African pair of Cameron Delport and cricketing great Jacques Kallis. Delport perished for a two-ball duck before Kallis pulled a delivery straight to Holder at long leg on one.
From 2 for 2, Red Steel stumbled to 4 for 3 next over; Holder striking twice in two balls to remove Kamran Akmal and Darren Bravo to a rearing delivery that he could only fend to Navin Stewart.
The other Bravo, Dwayne, however, offered some semblance of a fight through 30 off 28 balls, adding 46 for the sixth wicket with Jason Mohammed.
However, Bravo’s wicket triggered another collapse as they went from 66 for 5 to 93 for 9. While Holder was the best bowler for the hosts, Rampaul, Robin Peterson, Kieron Pollard and Jeevan Mendis pitched in with a wicket each, before ceding the stage to Smith and Munaweera.
The openers got into their groove quickly, sending Tridents racing to 51 in six overs. Munweera who was reprieved on 25 by Kallis added 14 more before holing out to deep cover off Sulieman Benn. Smith was out for 33 next ball but Shoaib Malik, aided by Jonathan Carter, finished the chase with a pulled four.
Benn finished with 2 for 24.
The Tridents final home game is against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Saturday.