Kieron Pollard recalled his thought process after hitting as many as 6 sixes in an over against Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya. Kieron Pollard became only the 2nd batsman to achieve the feat in T20I cricket after Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh.
In the 1st T20I against Sri Lanka, West Indies emerged victorious by four wickets after successfully chasing 132. Akila Dananjaya returned with expensive figures of 3/62 despite picking hat-trick after successfully removing dangerous Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran.
Kieron Pollard Hits 6 Sixes Off Spinner Akila Dananjaya, Who Had Picked Hat Trick In Previous Over
Kieron Pollard achieved the feat of scoring sixes in each ball when he took on Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya during their incredible win over the visitors in the 1st of a 3-match T20I series at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. The West Indian captain used his power-hitting to good effect as he effortlessly hit Akila Dananjaya out of the park six times in the 6th over of West Indies’ successful chase of 132.
The dashing West Indies batsman put the pressure back on Akila Dananjaya, who had his tail up after picking up a hat-trick in the previous over by removing the likes of Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran. In a span of just two overs, Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya went from hero to zero as he came up against the batting might of the West Indies captain who backed himself to change the momentum of the game with 6 mighty hits.
While speaking after winning the Man of the Match award for his heroics in the series opener, Kieron Pollard said he told himself to go for 6 sixes after hitting the 3rd six against Akila Dananjaya.
“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’,” Pollard said.
“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.”
Kieron Pollard became only the 3rd batsman after Yuvraj Singh (2007) and Herschelle Gibbs (2007) to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket. His effort helped West Indies recover from the Akila Dananjaya hat-trick and complete the chase of 132 in just 13.1 overs. Kieron Pollard was dismissed after scoring 38 from 11 balls though.
Asked to chase 132, West Indies made an incredible start through Evin Lewis, who carted Angelo Mathews for three sixes in the first over. He and Lendl Simmons powered the home side to 48 for 0 in just three overs before Akila Dananjaya dismissed Evin Lewis, comeback man Chris Gayle 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.
Kieron Pollard then stepped up with his power hitting, smashing 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 six down.
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 Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo, who put a lid on West Indies’ sudden slide and saw the team home.
How Kieron Pollard hit 6 sixes in Akila Dananjaya’s over
In the very first ball of the 6th over, Kieron Pollard hit spinner Akila Dananjaya over the long-on boundary after getting down on one knee. He hit the second full delivery ball straight in the sightscreen with incredible power.
The 3rd six came from a widish delivery as the Sri Lankan spinner tried to stop the flow of sixes. It didn’t help eventually as the West Indian smashed it over wide long-on. In the fourth delivery of the over, Kieron Pollard picked it up from outside off and smashed it into the deep mid-wicket stands.
The fifth one was a Kieron Pollard special as Akila Dananjaya pulled the length back and bowled it a bit short. But the West Indies captain rocked onto the back foot and pulled it straight over the bowler’s head. The sixth one came when Kieron Pollard smashed Akila Dananjaya, who came around the wicket, into the mid-wicket stands. The Sri Lanka spinner tried to fire it into the stumps but the West Indian flicked it into the stands.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Thursday became only the 3rd batsman after South African Herschelle Gibbs (ODI, 2007 World Cup against the Netherlands Dann Van Bunge) and Indian Yuvraj Singh (England’s Stuart Broad, 2007 T20 World Cup) to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket.