Wahab defends 13 off the ultimate over as St Lucia Kings register their first win of the season
St Lucia Kings 157 for five (David 43, Chase 30*, Rampaul 3-29) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 152 for 3 (Seifert 40*, Munro 40*, Wahab 1-17, Chase 1-17) by 5 runs
Two nights after conceding 255 in an enormous season-opening defeat, St Lucia Kings bounced again to place it previous defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders on a difficult two-paced floor.
The sport was alive till the ultimate over of the second innings. First, it was the Kieron Pollard risk they needed to see off, which they did when he holed out to Alzarri Joseph at large lengthy-on after the pair had been concerned in banter that often obtained heated.
David, the Singaporean batter who impressed with a CPL debut half-century two nights in the past, as soon as once more got here into his personal. He circled a floundering innings with a fast fireplace 32-ball 43. His 68-run stand with Chase, who held the innings collectively to make 30 not out at No. 4, supplied the Kings some center-overs cushion that arrange their end.
It was a key second as a result of the Kings seemed like they’d get a lot under the 157 they completed with, after Ravi Rampaul and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein used the slowness of the floor to weave an online across the batters.
Rampaul thrived together with his cutters, break up-finger slower ones and cross-seam deliveries that introduced him figures of three for 29. This utilized the brakes on the Kings innings after Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher put collectively a half-century stand on the prime.
The Knight Riders began slowly on the face of a sluggish floor, trying to set themselves up for an enormous second half as Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons struggled. Chase adopted Akeal Hosein’s template from earlier within the day by slowing it down and extracting sharp flip and bounce off a size to maintain issues proper, conceding solely 17 off his 4 overs to escalate the asking price.
Yet, the Knight Riders might have given themselves an opportunity going into the final 5 off which they wanted 62. But Pollard’s wicket and Munro’s battle – he completed unbeaten on 40 off 47 balls – turned the tide because the Kings held their nerve to drag off a shocking win.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo