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Barbados Tridents Seal 6-Wicket Victory on Northern Knights; All Eyes on Semi-Finals Now

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Barbados Tridents Seal 6-Wicket Victory on Northern Knights; All Eyes on Semi-Finals Now

October 01
15:08 2014

cl20New Delhi, Wednesday, October 1 – In the final match of Group Stage round, Barbados Tridents thrashed Northern Knights by 6 wickets in 19 over game as rain interrupted the play. In the midst of cheering crowd at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Barbados Tridents captain Rayad Emrit won the toss and invited Daniel Flynn’s men to bat first.

The decision to field first against NK seemed right the moment 24-year-old Kane Williamson fell short to Ravi Rampaul in the second over. Left-handed skipper Flynn was the next man to lose his wicket to Dilshan Munaweera post scoring 21 runs of 18 balls, together with a four and a six. The opener Anton Devcich (47 runs of 47 balls) missed the chance to hit a half-century but was the highest scorer from Northern Knights. Scott Styris was out at zero.

The new batsman on the crease Daryl Mitchell also failed to put a ceiling on the falling wickets and threw his wicket to Rampaul.

Now, expectations were up with wicket-keeper batsman Bradley Watling who hit 3 boundaries and a six to score 29 runs of 19 balls. But before he could have gone further to add some more runs in the total score of his team, Rampaul was once again on fire and made him to go back into the pavilion. Tim Southee and Scott Kuggeleijn were out at the individual scores of 19 and 4, respectively, when right-arm medium-fast seamer Rayad Emrit stunned them with his amazing spells. Mitchell Santner was not out at 0 runs. After 19 overs, 135 runs were put on the scoreboard what NK scored on the loss of 8 wickets.

Dilshan Munaweera and Raymon Reifer of Barbados Tridents arrive on the 22 yards pitch to chase the target and hit 20 runs (4 x 4) and 15 runs (4 x 1) prior succumbing to Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, respectively. Jason Holder though tried his best to send ball into the fences and was successful in doing the same twice, but couldn’t understand an amazing delivery by Sodhi, who even ended the 30-run knock of left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper Jonathan Carter. At this stage, both the teams appeared to be the potential winner. But the entire difference was made by 33-year-old left-handed cricketer James Franklin and 28-year-old right-handed batsman Elton Chigumbura. The combination of right and left handed caused huge trouble for Northern Knights bowlers as they did not succeed to break the partnership. Chigumbura remained unbeaten at 18 runs what he attained in 15 balls, inclusive of a couple of boundaries. Franklin scored 33 runs of 25 balls (4 x 1 and 6 x 2) and stayed not out till the end. Their efforts made Barbados Tridents to win the match with two balls remaining.

Now, all eyes are on the semi-finals which will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, October 2, among the qualifiers of Group Stage matches. The level of fun and excitement is going to mount as Kolkata Knight Riders will compete against Hobart Hurricanes and Kings XI Punjab will fight with Chennai Super Kings to book a berth in the final round. It is really gonna be super exciting to watch who gets closer to its dream to win the title and who is left with no option but to wait for next season.

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