The Kings XI Punjab chased down a 175-run target with two balls to spare to see off the Barbados Tridents in the Champions League T20 on Saturday at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. Punjab won the toss and sent the Caribbean side in. A 54-run opening stand was broken when William Perkins was trapped LBW by Parvinder Awana for 10.
Dilshan Munaweera was the senior partner but he was next to go as he was caught by Manan Vohra off Awana for 50, including five fours and three sixes but the platform was a good one at 61/2 after six overs. However the West Indians simply could not establish a decent partnership as batsmen got in before getting out. Jonathan Carter was caught by David Miller of Anureet Singh (1/32) for 20 (106/3) before James Franklin fell for 10, caught Awana bowled Thisara Perera (124/4).
It was 131/5 when Elton Chigumbura was dismissed for 3 when he was caught by Singh off Perera (2/15). Jason Holder was the last man to go when he was caught by Miller of Awana (3/46). Three fours and four sixes helped Raymon Reifer to an unbeaten 60 and Ashley Nurse was on eight when the Barbadian innings closed on 174/6.
The IPL side started well in pursuit of their target. It took 3.4 overs for the first wicket to fall as Vohra was caught Carter, bowled Ravi Rampaul for 27 (41/1). Wriddhiman Saha was next to return to the pavilion, after adding 14, he was caught by Munaweera off Franklin (1/17) and it was 76/2 after eight overs.
Glenn Maxwell clubbed 16 off eight deliveries before he was caught by Nurse off Rampaul (2/50) and it was soon 103/4 when opening batsman Virender Sehwag fell LBW to Ajantha Mendis for 31. Sehwag’s innings included three fours and a six off his 25 balls. George Bailey was caught by Franklin off Mendis (2/18) for 7 and Perera was caught by Carter off Nurse (1/32) for a first ball duck and the Indian side were in all sorts of trouble at 131/6 after 16.3 overs.
However South Africa’s Miller smashed an unbeaten 46 off 34 balls with three fours and a pair of maximums while he was ably supported by Akshar Patel’s whirlwind 23 off nine deliveries including three fours and a six. Patel and Miller saw the Kings XI over the line by four wickets with two balls to spare.