West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Kieron Pollard smashes 6 sixes in an over to romp Windies to four-wicket victory in first T20I

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Kieron Pollard smashes 6 sixes in an over to romp Windies to four-wicket victory in first T20I

Antigua and Barbuda: West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday turned solely the third man to hit six sixes in a world over in his workforce’s four-wicket Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka.

The feat got here within the sixth over of a weird West Indies innings, bowled by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya who moments earlier in his earlier over had been celebrating taking a hat-trick.

Pollard adopted within the footsteps of South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs towards the Netherlands within the 2007 World Cup and India’s Yuvraj Singh, who additionally achieved the feat within the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup towards England.

Pollard was ultimately out for 38 off 11 balls because the West Indies chased 132 to win on the Coolidge Cricket Floor, reaching their goal within the 14th over when Jason Holder clobbered his aspect’s thirteenth six.

“I felt I may hit six sixes after the third one,” stated 33-year-old Pollard.

“As soon as I had 5 sixes I knew I had the bowler on the again foot. He was going across the wicket and it was troublesome for him. I simply instructed myself: ‘Go for it’.”

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews hailed his reverse quantity.

“Pollard as we all know could be very harmful,” Mathews instructed the post-match presentation.

“What I instructed Akila was to go for his wicket even when he will get hit for six sixes. If he miscued one we may have gotten him out. Sadly it did not occur.”

Solely eight males have hit six sixes in an over in all types of cricket with fellow West Indian Garfield Sobers the primary to take action in an English county recreation in 1968.

Demolition man

West Indies’ openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons bludgeoned 52 off the primary 20 balls because the two-time T20 World Cup winners appeared comfortably on target.

Nonetheless, having hit three sixes off three balls off Mathews’ opening over, Lewis was caught by Danushka Gunathilaka within the deep off Dananjaya for a brisk 28.

That introduced 41-year-old Chris Gayle to the crease for his first worldwide look in two years.

However he lasted only one ball when he was plumb lbw to Dananjaya who then accomplished his hat-trick by having Nicholas Pooran caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella.

The West Indies had been 52-3 which quickly turned 62-4 when leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed Simmons, the opener having made 26, earlier than Pollard launched his demolition job.

Hasaranga survived the carnage and completed with figures of 3-12 off his 4 overs.

Regardless of his hat-trick, Dananjaya’s 4 overs price 62 runs.

Sri Lanka, bidding to win a match for the primary time in a 12 months, made a below-par 131-9.

The vacationers had been requested to bat by the 2012 and 2016 world champions with Pathum Nissanka marking his Sri Lanka debut by high scoring with 39 off 34 balls together with 4 fours and one in every of his workforce’s three sixes.

The 22-year-old batsman shared a 51-run second wicket partnership with opener Dickwella, who made 33.

The second and third video games within the sequence additionally happen on the Coolidge Cricket Floor on 5 and seven March, to be adopted by three one-day internationals and two Exams.

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