West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard hogged the limelight with his batting masterclass on Wednesday. The powerful man drew plaudits from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his exceptional batting in the T20I opener against Sri Lanka.
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder became the third man to smash 6 sixes in an international match after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. Gibbs was a fantastic cricketer for South Africa during his heydays. He hit 6 sixes against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup match.
After that, India’s Yuvraj Singh shot into prominence as he scored 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad’s bowling. The former southpaw accomplished the feat against England in the 2007 T2o World Cup. In that match, he smashed the fastest fifty in T20I cricket as he achieved the landmark in just 12 balls.
Pollard unleashes the storm in the T20I opener against Sri Lanka
Coming to the point, Kieron Pollard took Akila Dananjaya to the cleaners as he smashed the balls with brute force. It is not that easy to hit all the six balls for sixes but the Caribbean all-rounder Pollard made it look so.
Windies’ limited-overs skipper was batting on 4 runs off 4 deliveries. At that time, he decided to set the stadium on fire by taking the spinner apart with relative ease. The right-handed batsman smashed Dananjaya into the orbit in all the six deliveries.
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Pollard unleashed the storm as he cleared all the six balls out of the park with such ease. Nobody expected Dananjaya to concede 36 runs in an over because he was bowling so well. The right-arm spinner bowled three brilliant deliveries to bag a hat-trick that put West Indies in all sorts of trouble.
West Indies win by 4 wickets
Pollard’s spectacular batting in one over changed the course of the game. The hosts went on to win the game by 4 wickets with 41 balls remaining. West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
Earlier, West Indies captain Pollard won the toss and opted to bowl first. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 131 for the loss of 9 wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Pathum Nissanka top-scored with 39 off 34 balls including 4 fours and a six.
Niroshan Dickwella was the second-best batsman for Sri Lanka as he scored 33 off 29 balls including 3 fours and a six. On the other hand, all the bowlers from West Indies did a fantastic job. Obed McCoy was the pick of the bowlers as he took 2 wickets.
In reply, West Indies chased down the target in 13.1 overs. Kieron Pollard was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 38 off 11 balls with the help of 6 sixes at a strike-rate of 345.45. Evin Lewis also batted well for his 28 off 10 balls including 2 fours and 3 sixes.
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers as he conceded 12 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Hasaranga accounted for 3 dismissals. On the other hand, Akila Dananjaya also took 3 wickets but conceded 62 runs in 4 overs.
Pollard was named the man of the match for his exceptional batting. “I felt after hitting a couple of sixes, I understood how the pitch plays, it was important to be positive and play your shots on that pitch, back yourselves to clear the boundary,” Pollard said at the post-match presentation.