Kieron Pollard Told Himself To Take A Chance To Smash A Six On The Last Ball Of Akila Dananjaya’s Over

Kieron Pollard became only the 2nd player in T20Is to hit 6 sixes in an over after Yuvraj Singh in the shortest format. His hammering set the way for West Indies to win the match by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series. The 1st T20I between West Indies and Sri Lanka saw plenty of drama. After Sri Lanka set a modest target of 132 for the hosts to chase in Antigua, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya picked up a hat-trick, dismissing the dangerous trio of Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran. It seemed like the visitors were

Kieron Pollard Told Himself To Take A Chance To Smash A Six On The Last Ball Of Akila Dananjaya’s Over

Kieron Pollard became only the 2nd player in T20Is to hit 6 sixes in an over after Yuvraj Singh in the shortest format. His hammering set the way for West Indies to win the match by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

The 1st T20I between West Indies and saw plenty of drama. After Sri Lanka set a modest target of 132 for the hosts to chase in Antigua, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya picked up a hat-trick, dismissing the dangerous trio of Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran. It seemed like the visitors were on top of the game. But then the Windies captain Kieron Pollard came to bat and he changed the equation by reducing the deficit.

Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard
Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Kieron Pollard Told Himself To Take A Chance As He Felt He Could Hit 6 Sixes After Hitting 3rd Six

With Windies reeling at 62/4 after 5 overs, Kieron Pollard needed to play a captain’s innings and take his team to a win. But he went for counter-attacking tactics, as he hammered spinner Akila Dananjaya for six sixes in an over, becoming only the third player in the history of the game to do so in international cricket, only after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. Speaking after the end of the match, Kieron Pollard recalled what was going through his mind before the 6th ball.

“A couple of things went through my mind before the sixth ball, I thought should I go for the six or take the 30 runs in the over, he went around the wicket and bowled it onto my pads, I told myself ‘Wait Polly, take a chance’,” Kieron Pollard said.

Akila Dananjaya gestures towards spectators as he celebrates
Akila Dananjaya gestures towards spectators as he celebrates. PTI

“That’s how I have played my cricket all along, especially against the spinners. “I felt I could hit six sixes after the third one. I did it in the Super 50 as well,” he added.

He was in two minds whether to go for the jugular and get that sixth six or take a very good 30-run over. The dilemma was eased by Akila Dananjaya’s decision to go around the stumps and fire one into the big West Indian’s pads. Kieron Pollard’s eyes lit up and he comfortably cleared the square leg fence to become just the third batsman – after Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs – to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket.

Kieron Pollard Smashed 36 Runs Off Akila Dananjaya Who Picked Hat Trick In Previous Over

Asked to chase 132, West Indies made an incredible start as opener Evin Lewis, carted Angelo Mathews for three sixes in the very first over. He and Lendl Simmons powered the home side to 48 without losing any wicket in just three overs before Akila Dananjaya made inroads by dismissing Evin Lewis, comeback man and Nicholas Pooran. Wanindu Hasaranga then made it 62 for 4 at the end of 5 overs, giving the visiting side a sniff at causing a dramatic batting collapse.

But Kieron Pollard came next and smashed Akila Dananjaya for 36 runs to wipe up a big chunk of the deficit. Yet, there was more drama in store as Wanindu Hasaranga sent back the West Indian captain and new batsman Fabian Allen of successive deliveries to leave West Indies reeling being six down for 101 runs in the 7th over.

Chris Gayle scored 0 in return to the West Indies squad.
Chris Gayle scored 0 in return to the West Indies squad. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Kieron Pollard revealed the West Indian dugout endured a bit of a nerve-wracking time because of the position they’d slipped into. The captain also praised the experienced duo of all-rounders Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo, who put a brake on the West Indies’ sudden slide and saw the team home.

West Indies and Sri Lanka will play the 2nd T20I on 6th March Saturday. The T20I series will conclude on 8th March while the 3 ODIs will be on 10th, 12th, and 14th March before 2 Tests on March end to early April.

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