Kieron Pollard’s 6 sixes in an over
In the first T20I of the recently concluded 3-match series between West Indies and Sri Lanka, Windies were in a spot of bother when Pollard decided to do something special.
Chasing a below par total of 132, the team was at 52/3 when Kieron Pollard came out to bat. With not many required and the possibility of the chase becoming very tricky if a couple of more wickets fell without the scoreboard moving along, Pollard decided to take on the bowling.
The biggest threat for the West Indian batsmen was from Sri Lankan spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya – who was proving to be handful for the West Indian batsmen.
In the last over of the powerplay, Pollard decided to take on Akila Dananjaya. He went down on one knee off the very first delivery and slogged the length ball over long on as it cleared the boundary easily.
On the next delivery, Dananjaya tried to over correct and over pitched the ball. Pollard lofted it over the bowler’s head. On the third ball, Dananjaya tried another variety and pushed the ball full and wide, but it made little difference to Pollard who clubbed it over wide long off.
This is the point when the thought that this could actually turn into a massive over germinated. It is obvious that it was at this point that Dananjaya was put under tremendous pressure and Pollard sensed an opportunity to make it six in six deliveries.
By the fourth delivery, Dananjaya was under serious pressure as he bowled a length ball around off stump and Pollard smashed it over deep mid wicket with the spin. Off the fifth delivery of the over, Pollard rocked back and used his power to good effect to launch a length ball outside off over his head.
Before the final delivery of the over was bowled, Pollard had decided in his mind that he was going for the full monty. As it is, opportunities like this do not come everyday in an international career and this is what anybody in Pollard’s position would have aimed for.
Dananjaya tried his best to avoid getting hit for 6 sixes as he changed sides and then fired it into the pads of Pollard whose power ensured that just a chip flew over deep mid wicket.
The achievement was followed by applause from his team mates as the West Indian captain registered himself into the history books of cricket.