MOHALI, SEPT 20 : Kings XI Punjab, runners-up in the last edition, recorded their second successive victory by beating Barbados Tridents by four wickets with two balls to spare in their Group programme of the Champions League Twenty20 at the PCA Stadium here on Saturday night. The win gave the hosts four points.
Chasing a victory target 175, Kings XI Punjab, captained by Gergory Bailey, overtook their rivals’ total in 19.4 overs by scoring 178 for 6. David Miller was the star performer with unbeaten 46 in 34 balls. He hit three fous and two huge sixes.
Miller found an able partner in Akshar Patel (23 not out, 3x4s, 1×6). They were associated in an unbeaten 47 runs for the seventh wicket.
Earlier, Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra gave Kings XI Punjab a sound start by putting on 41 runs for the opening wicket stand. Wicketkeeper batsmanWriddhiman Sahh and Glenn Maxwell contributed 14 and 16 runs respectively.
Ravi Rampaul and Jeevan Mendis captured two wickets each for 50 and 18 runs, respectively.
Earlier, banking on half centuries by opener Dilshan Munaweera (50) and Raymon Reifer (60 not out) Barbados Tridents scored 174 for 6 in 20 overs.
Kings XI Punjab skipper George John Bailey won the toss and decided to chase. Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera and William Perkins opened their innings and they put on 54 runs for the opening wicket stand before Perkins was adjudged leg before wicket to spinner Parvinder Awana (10).
Munaweera was also soon back into the pavilion as he was caught by Manan Vohra of the bowling of Awana. Munaweera’s 26-ball 50 was studded with five boundaries and three sixes.
Raymon Reifer and Jonathan Carter carried the total to 106 with a 45-run third wicket stand before Carter (20, 3x4s) was caught by Miller of the bowling of Anureet Singh.
Barbados Tridents lost their fourth wicket (Franklin 10) at 124 in 14.4 overs. Franklin was dismissed by Perera, caught by Anureet.
BARBADOS TRIDENTS: Dilshan Munaweera c Manan Vohra b Parvinder Awana 50, William Perkins lbw Awana 10, Raymon Reifer not out 60, Jonathan Carter c Miller b Anureet Singh 20, James Franklin c Awana b Perera 10, Elton Chigumbura c Anureet Singh b Perera 3, Jason Holder c Miller b Awana 12, Ashley Nurse not out 8. Extras (lb 1) 1. Total (for 6 wickets in 20 overs).
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-61, 3-106, 4-124, 5-131, 6-159.
Bowling: Anureet Singh 4-0-32-1, Parvinder Awana 4-0-46-3, Akshar Patel 4-0-42-0, Glenn Maxwell 3-0-22-0, Virender Sehwag 1-0-10-0, Karanveer Singh 1-0-6-0, Thisara Perera 3-0-15-2.
Kings XI Punjab: Virender Sehwag lbw Mendis 31, Manan Vohra c Carter b Rampaul 27, Wriddhiman Saha c Munaweera b Franklin 14, Glenn Maxwell c Nurse b Rampaul 16, David Miller not out 46, Gerogery Bailey c Franklin b Mendis 7, Thisara Perera c Carter b Nurse 0, Akshar Patel not out 23. Extras (lb 2, l 4, w 6, nb 2) 14. Total (for 6 wickets in 19.4 overs) 178.
Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-76, 3-95, 4-103, 5-127, 6-131.
Bowling: Jason Holder 3.4-0-38-0, Ravi Rampaul 4-0-50-2, Rayad Emrit 2-0-17-0, James Franklin 2-0-17-1, Jeevan Mendis 4-0-18-2, Ashley Nurse 4-0-32-1.