The Trinbago Knight Riders have opened their Caribbean Premier League campaign with a victory over the St Lucia Kings.
It was a tense battle against the St Lucia Kings in today’s Caribbean Premier League with the Trinbago Knight Riders eventually emerging victorious by 3 wickets with 4 balls remaining.
The Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field.
According to CPL, Saint Lucia Kings had got off to a troublesome start as they lost openers Johnson Charles and Leroy Lugg in the batting powerplay.
Mark Deyal began to rebuild with some fluent batting, but the 13th over proved to be pivotal as Hosein took three wickets, including that of Deyal and captain Roston Chase.
King’s Alzarri Joseph shook things up for the Knight Riders when he struck twice in the 19th over.
It looked like Tim Seifert and captain Kieron Pollard would take the Knight Riders to victory, but Joseph dismissed both in the nineteenth over, before striking with his final ball to dismiss Seekkugge Prasanna and set up a nervy finish.
Anderson Phillip pulled through for the Knight Riders who needed just two runs at the end, smashing a six to take them over the line.
Player of the match Akeal Hosein had an incredible spell, taking four wickets to restrict the Royals to a 143-run total.
Tion Webster's 58 and Seifert's 34 ensured Trinbago Knight Riders were always above the required run rate.
Akeal Hosein, Player of the match: (On the injury) It's too early to say. We'll check on it when we get back to the hotel. (Opening the bowling) I'm pretty flexible where I can bowl. It was a bit slow and didn't spin as much as we thought. (Padded up at the end) I'm fighting for my team so I was ready to bat.
Keiron Pollard, Captain, Trinbago Knight Riders: We'll take the 2 points. These things (losing wickets at the end) happen. (On managing workloads) Nicholas and Narine; we'll try to manage but we're here to win a tournament.
Roston Chase, Captain, St. Lucia Kings: We were 25 runs short. (On Weise and Faf's return) They will bring their experience and cricketing ability.
Next up in the CPL, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots face Barbados Royals later this evening.
(ESPN Cric Info)