Saint Lucia Kings 157 for 5(David 43, Chase 30, Rampaul 3-29) Beat Trinbago Knight Riders 152 for 3(Munro 40, Seifert 40, Wahab 1-17) Won By 5 Runs
Two nights after scoring 255 runs in the opening loss of the season, St. Lucia Kings came back defeating champions Trinbago Knight Riders on a double-sided surface.
The game lasted until the last over of the second inning.First, it was Kieron Pollard’s threat that he had to be wary of, which he caught Aljari Joseph during a long-on, when the pair occasionally heated up.
Then, they had to be defeated by a latte attack from Tim Seifert, who reduced the requirement to 56 off 21 balls in the last over to 14.New Zealand wicket-keeper Chemo Paul was caught, hitting two fours and two sixes in an over that raised the hopes of a coup by 19 runs.
Wahab Riaz, who gave up 61 for three two nights ago, added to his excitement after hitting a boundary off the first ball; The Kings won by five runs after Seffert failed to hit a six off the last ball.The defeat will be particularly tragic as the Knight Riders lost just three wickets.
Thanks to Tim David and Roston Chase, this is his third win in 17 games against the Knight Riders.
Singapore batsman David, who was impressed with his debut half-century in the CPL two nights ago, came into his own again. He played a great innings with a quick innings of 43 off 32 balls.The 68-run partnership with Chase, who added an innings for an unbeaten 30 in the fourth, gave the Kings some middle-over pillows that determined their finish.
It was a crucial moment after Ravi Rampal and left-arm spinner Akil Hossain used surface slacks to weave nets around the batsmen as the Kings wanted to get well below 157.
Rampol completed his cutters, split-finger slow and cross-seam deliveries, leaving 3 for 29.Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher broke the Kings’ innings after scoring a half-century on top.
AS Colin Monroe and Lendl Simmons struggled, the Knight Riders slowly started in front of a surface, trying to set themselves up for a big second half.Chase followed Akeal Hosein’s blueprint, getting things at a slower pace and jumping faster, giving up just 17 runs in four overs to increase the asking rate.
Still, the Knight Riders gave themselves a chance to make the last five, which required 62.The wicket of Pollard and Monroe – who remained unbeaten on 40 off 47 balls – kept the Kings at bay and secured the victory.