Barbados Tridents notched up their first victory of the 2016 edition of the Caribbean Premier League on Tuesday.
The star-studded line-up of the tridents finally came good as South Africa skipper AB de Villiers hit a rich vein of form to help his side to two much-needed points in the league.
Faf du Plessis, the skipper of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots side won the chose and chose to bat but managed to set a target of just the 163 in the stipulated 20 overs.
W Lewis, who opened the innings played a gem to score 50 off just 33 balls to give the Patriots a decent start.
However, losing wickets at regular intervals curtailed their chances of a big score as J Carter’s innings of 41 was instrumental in setting a decent target on the board.
Wayne Parnell and David Wiese bowled extremely well as they gave away just 36 runs together in 7 overs and picking up 4 important wickets as the Patriots managed just the 40 runs in the last 5 overs.
With just 8 runs an over required for victory, the Tridents lost S Taylor early in the chase and though Shoaib Malik was looking in good touch, they decided to promote Wayne Parnell up the order.
The South African all-rounder did not last long as he went for 16 in the 8th over leaving 111 for victory in the last 12 overs.
Out came to AB de Villiers as he quickly started to get busy at the crease and reversed the pressure on the bowling side.
Malik played a responsible innings of 54 before he went for 54 of 46 balls at the end of the 14th over but his partnership with AB de Villiers of 63 runs in just the 6 overs brought the target down to 55 of the last 6 overs.
It is something a chasing side will take in a T20 game and it looked like MR. 360 was in a hurry as he was joined by the big-hitting Kieron Pollard.
The next 4 overs went for 52 runs as the duo took 14 runs from T Shamsi and another 16 from T Perera’s overs as they all but finished the game in style.
Pollard, the skipper of the Trident’s side finished unbeaten on 25 of 13 balls as he scored the winning runs as AB de Villiers, on 63 of 33 was happy to stay not out and see his team through a relatively easy chase.
Shamsi went for 41 off his 4 as S Badree went for 37, as two bowlers who are integral to the Patriots’ bowling attack failed to deliver on the night.
AB de Villiers was presented with the man of the match award for his brisk innings as he took his side to the 4th place in the points table.
The Patriots on the other side are 3rd in the table level on points with the Tridents but with a better net run rate.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots:
E Lewis: 50 (33b 5*4, 2*6); J Carter: 41 (37b 1*4, 3*6)
D Wiese 2/14; W Parnell 2/22
AB de Villiers: 63 (33b 5*4, 3*6); S Malik: 54 (46b 2*4, 2*6)
T Perera 2/31; S Badree 1/37