Basseterre [Saint Kitts], August 28 (ANI): Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) got their 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign up and running with a six-wicket victory over the Barbados Royals on Friday (local time).
Barbados Royals won the toss and opted to bat first but the decision didn't go their way as an excellent Trinbago bowling display, led by Isuru Udana's 5/21, restricted them to 122 all out.
In reply Trinbago initially made hard work of the chase before the experienced duo of Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin saw them home with ease.
The Royals had got off to a steady start reaching 37 runs at the end of the PowerPlay for the sole loss of Johnson Charles.
However, they could not build on the foundation as Udana's double strike removed Jason Holder and Glenn Phillips in quick succession.
A counter-attacking 30 runs from Azam Khan briefly threatened to help Barbados set an imposing target but Udana's re-entry into the attack led to the dismissal of both Khan and Thisara Perera to complete the first five-wicket haul of the 2021 CPL.
The remaining Royals wickets fell like pack of cards to leave them on 122 all out.
Trinbago stuttered in their chase of the target losing three wickets in the powerplay as Mohammed Amir started his spell with laser-like accuracy and Oshane Thomas followed that up by getting Tim Seifert to top-edge a rising delivery to deep square leg.
At 38/4 the Knight Riders were in a perilous situation, but captain Pollard took on the responsibility to take the drama out of the chase with a brilliantly constructed 58 runs from 30 balls.
Along with the experienced Denesh Ramdin the pair put on an 87-run partnership from 57 balls to see Trinbago home comfortably.
Brief Scores: Barbados Royals 122/10 (Azam Khan 30, Isuru Udana 5-21) vs TKR 125/4 (Pollard 58*, Ramdin 29*; Mohammad Amir 3-21) (ANI)