West Indies star batsman Kieron Pollard is now the 3rd batsman in International cricket to hit 6 sixes in an over. For Sri Lanka’s bowler Akila Dananjaya, it was nothing short of a nightmare. He picked up a hat-trick in the previous over, and just in the next conceded 6 sixes to Kieron Pollard. Dhananjay was bowling 6th over of the innings. With this marvelous performance of Pollard, West Indies team successfully chased down the target of 131 in the 13th over itself. W.I is now leading 1-0 in a 3 match series. The hosts won the match by 4 wickets with 41 balls remaining. The match was played at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Thursday.
3rd Batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over at an International level
With this achievement Pollard joins the elite club of star Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and former South African captain Hersechelle Gibbs. Earlier Yuvraj was the only batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over, at an International T20 cricket. He did this against England’s Stuart Broad in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007. While Herschelle Gibbs is still the 1st and only batsman to achieve this feat in an International 50 overs match. It was during the 2007 World Cup, when Gibbs hit Daan van Bunge of the Netherlands for six sixes in an over.
Turning point of the game
Sri Lankan bowler Akila Dananjaya had picked up a hat-trick in his 1st over. He dismissed Evin Lewis (28), Chris Gayle (0), and Nicholas Pooran (0). Team West Indies was in heavy trouble at 62 for 4. But it was the 6th over which turned the game around.
The 6th Over
- In the 1st ball Pollard hit Dananjaya over the long-on boundary for a huge 6.
- In the 2nd delivery, Pollard cleared the boundary with ease as he got a juicy overpitched delivery by Dananjaya.
- 3rd ball: Dananjaya tried to stop the flow of sixes by delivering a wide ball. But it didn’t help, Pollard smashed another 6 over the wide-long on.
- The 4th one from Pollard went over the deep mid-wicket stands.
- The 5th one was a beauty. The West Indies captain picked the ball from backfoot and pulled it straight over Dananjay’s head.
- In the last delivery Dananjaya came around the wicket. But the result did not change. Pollard flicked it into the stands.
Pollard scored 38 in just 11 balls.
With this marvelous feat, Yuvraj Singh and H. Gibbs now have a company. Congratulations to K. Pollard and team West Indies for an amazing victory.