The PCA Stadium in Mohali witnessed its second thrilling match of the day when Kings XI Punjab outclassed the Barbados Tridents in a high-scoring contest. After Barbados Tridents had set a daunting target of 175, hosts Kings XI Punjab knocked off the required runs in the final over, registering a 4-wicket victory – their second win in the Oppo CLT20 2014. (Also Read: QUICK STATS: M5 - KINGS XI PUNJAB V BARBADOS TRIDENTS)
Partnerships were the key to KXIP’s success. Openers Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra (27) added 41 before they were separated. Wriddhiman Saha then added 35 runs in the company of Sehwag, before Glenn Maxwell entertained briefly. The Australian, who pulled off the reverse sweep successfully the first ball he faced, scored three boundaries, before a crisply timed flick off the pads landed in the hands of fine-leg; he made 16 from eight balls. Sehwag made 31 before he couldn’t make contact while attempting to sweep Jeevan Mendis, and was ruled leg before wicket.
Barbados Tridents stuck at the task in hand and kept picking up wickets in clusters. That meant the match would go right down to the wire. It needed the cool head of David Miller and a cameo from young Akshar Patel to seal the deal. Miller would be top-scorer of the innings with 46, while Akshar contributed 23 to the 47-run partnership. The 19th over of the innings, bowled by Ravi Rampaul, swung the pendulum decidedly in favour of the hosts; Akshar picked up three boundaries and a six in an over that yielded 20 runs.
Miller finished the match in style when he deposited Jason Holder’s fourth delivery over the extra cover boundary.
Jeevan Mendis was the pick of the Tridents bowlers, returning figures of 2-18 from his four overs. Ravi Rampaul, who struggled with discipline and his run-up, picked up two wickets but leaked 50 runs in his four overs. James Franklin and Ashley Nurse were the other wicket-takers for the Tridents. Looking back at the match, the Tridents will rue the fact that their bowlers bowled eight extra deliveries – courtesy the six wide balls and two no balls.
Earlier in the evening, riding on a flying start provided by Dilshan Munaweera and an unbeaten half-century from Raymon Reifer, Barbados Tridents, who were asked to take first strike, posted a commanding 174 runs on the board. Munaweera, much like his namesake Dilshan would do, batted freely and made good use of the ball coming on to the bat. After batting out three dot balls, the opener announced himself in grand style, bludgeoning one through cover and depositing the next delivery into the sightscreen.
Boundaries came thick and fast thereafter and most of them were courtesy brute force. Before he was dismissed, immediately after he had brought up his half-century, the 25-year old had struck five boundaries and three sixes in his 26-ball 50. The opening partnership lasted 5.1 overs and was worth 54 (decorated with six boundaries and three sixes); William Perkins (10) was pretty much the spectator in that association, while Munaweera contributed 44.
Reifer, who walked in to bat at number three, ensured there was no loss of momentum despite both openers departing in the space of six deliveries. He got cracking almost straight away when he clobbered a Virender Sehwag delivery into the sightscreen. Glenn Maxwell was at the receiving end next; the 23-year old found the gap at point and deposited one into the stands at long-on in the eleventh over.
The Tridents were tied down for a brief period heading into the final stages of the innings. Between overs 15 and 17, only 15 runs were added to the scoreboard, courtesy the dismissals of James Franklin and Elton Chigumbura.
But Reifer brought out the big hits yet again in the death overs; he hit two sixes in an Akshar Patel over, took toll of a leg stump full toss from Anureet Singh in the 19th over, and smashed Parvinder Awana for six over long-off in the final over. Barbados Tridents had realized 40 runs from the final three overs to finish strongly at 174 for 6, with Reifer remaining unbeaten on 60 from 42 balls.
Awana, who was clobbered four boundaries and three sixes, returned the most successful KXIP bowler with three wickets. Thisara Perera, who persisted with bowling back-of-a-length, was the most impressive bowler; he finished with impressive figures of 3-0-15-2. Nine overs of spin – shared by Akshar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sehwag and Karanveer Singh cost the team 80 runs without any returns.
KXIP win by 4 wickets
Brief Scores: Barbados Tridents 174-6 in 20.0 Overs (Dilshan Munaweera 50, Raymon Reifer 60*, Parvinder Awana 3-46, Thisara Perera 2-15) lost to Kings XI Punjab 178-6 in 19.4 Overs (Virender Sehwag 31, Manan Vohra 27, David Miller 46*, Ravi Rampaul 2-50, Jeevan Mendis 2-18)
Man of the Match: Man of the Match: David Miller, for his unbeaten 34-ball 46.
Bailey: "The two guys in the middle tend to be calm when we chase! Another great game of cricket. We got off to a really good start, and we're always up with the run rate, so it gives guys a chance to get themselves in. It's a beautiful batting wicket, so I was really proud with how we bowled tonight."
Emrit: "Anything over 170, we thought we could win. We know their reputation in the last 5 overs, and with even 2 overs to go, I believed we still could do it. Ravi Rampaul's one of our most experienced bowlers, and he got his lengths slightly wrong today."