West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard was in some form as he smacked six sixes in an over from Akila Dananjaya during the first T20I between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua. In the process, he became the second batsman after India’s Yuvraj Singh to recreate the feat.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella played an important knock of 29-ball 33 runs to keep his side in a good position after asked to bowl first. Pathum Nissanka’s 34-ball 39-run knock also helped Sri Lanka in putting up a total of 131 runs in 20 overs.
In pursuit, West Indies openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons gave them an explosive with a 52-run opening partnership. The comeback man Chris Gayle couldn’t do much as he went out for a golden duck. Akila Dananjaya was the wrecker-in-chief with a hat-trick. He picked Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran in three consecutive deliveries.
Kieron Pollard hits six sixes
But the tables turned soon after Kieron Pollard came out to bat at No.5. In the sixth over of the innings bowled by Akila Dananjaya, Kieron Pollard smacked six sixes in an over to became the second batsman in the history of the game to scale the feat.
Here’s how it happened:
Ball 1: Pollard sends Dananjaya for a six over the long-on fielder. He was quick to pick the length ball to smack it for a maximum.
Ball 2: Dananjaya tries this very full but Pollard, who is very strong in this very area, lofts it straight onto the sightscreen.
Ball 3: This was fired too full and Pollard was prompt enough to put this over long-off.
Ball 4: This goes over deep mid-wicket. Pollard quickly spots the wrong-un and was quick enough to send it for a maximum.
Ball 5: Dananjaya, this time, tries leg-break and Pollard puts it over long-on.
Ball 6: Dananjaya puts this one on the pads, but Pollard knows where to smack this as he smashes it over mid-wicket and bows down in style.
Watch the video here:
Kieron Pollard hits six 6's in an over against Sri Lanka. pic.twitter.com/Xrbjz1mk2B
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Meanwhile, Akila Danajaya witnessed both the high and the low in the same match thanks to Kieron Pollard. West Indies went on to win the match in just 13.1 overs by 4 wickets.