Many people felt that the CPL 2014 Champions, Barbados Tridents could be considered as the weakest of the all teams and thought the team is out of race before the tournament has set to began due to their loss of key players to other teams. But the team came out all guns blazing hoping to make a perfect mark, that they aren’t a team that can be ruled easily despite of lossing their 1st game to KXIP, they managed to tremble the home team to great extent and were looking to be favorites to win the game at a stage.
Once again the toss winning team chosen to bowl first and it was KXIP again. But Tridents came out with some new idea as they were off to a fearsome start thanks to a quickfire knock from Munaweera. He set up perfect tone for the innings before he got out after scoring 50 of just 26 balls feeling at mandatory power play’s last ball. After moving with a pace of 10 rpo, the Tridents slowed down after the dismissal of openers but Reifer ended on a high note. He along with Holder and Nurse managed to score 53 off last 22 balls, helping his team to post 174 for 6 on the board.
Chasing a stiff total of 175, Vohra powered the home team to a quick start. He wasn’t allowing to take Sehwag strike and kept the rate going. Courtasey of Vohra, Sehwag had to play just 3 balls by his dismissal in 4th over at 41 of which he scored 27. Saha to didn’t stood much departing for 14. Maxwell who tried to hit out in the short span followed Saha scoring 16. It was followed up with the ending of well set Sehwag and Captain Bailey as Mendis set the both back in the hut. Last match hero Perera turned up scoring zero and the matter looked to be ending of KXIP. With Miller at strike the hopes of KXIP were alive but it wasn’t the Killer man but the Sir of India, Akshar Patel who smoked a 9 ball 23, helping in yielding 20 runs from penultimate over bowled by Rampaul. With just 5 needing of last over, KXIP didn’t face difficulity as they ended the game with 2 more balls to spare.
Kings XI Punjab: 178 for 6 in 19.4 overs (DA Miller 40*, V Sehwag 31; BMAJ Mendis 2/18, R Rampaul 2/50) beat Barbados Tridents: 174 for 6 in 20.0 overs (RA Reifer 60*, EMDY Munaweera 50; P Awana 3/46, NLTC Perera 2/15) by 4 wickets